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Best way to open a file in its native app with VB code?

Posted on 2001-08-24
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Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I am creating a file and I would like for it to open into its native application right after I create it.  What is the best way to accomplish this task?
Question by:joesmow
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Expert Comment

ID: 6422868
If the native application is associated to open files with the extension of the file you create you can simply call Shell(sFilename, vbNormalFocus) if you want it to appear to the user or with vbMinimizedFocus if you don't want it to appear to the user.  It depends a lot on the type of native application that opens the file.  If it's not associated with the file extension you may need to figure out where the application is and then put the application path and name followed by a space and your filename.

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Expert Comment

ID: 6422871
What is going to be your native application?

Author Comment

ID: 6422962
The native app will be AutoCAD.
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Accepted Solution

Richie_Simonetti earned 200 total points
ID: 6422964
You were not clear enoght so i will post some possible ways:
'find executable for a given file

' open a file with default associated exe

If you plan to open that file with your program, you need to do an entry in registry and add and extension, so when file is doble-clicked, it will be open with your app.
Your program must read Command$ variable to get avobe mentioned.
Hope it helps

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Expert Comment

ID: 6422980
' create file association with VB.

Author Comment

ID: 6423084
The native app will be AutoCAD.

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