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Loading Data into a VB program by clicking on data file

Posted on 2002-03-03
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When I click on a Microsoft Word document, it will bring up Microsoft Word and load the document.
I am writing a program in VB6 which can load the data I choose once it is running.  I would like to click on the data in Explorer and have my program execute and load the data I clicked on.  How can I do this?
Thanks, Harold
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by:hlominac
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OK, I am able to bring up the executable program.  I already could do this because I had set it up with microsoft programs in explorer.
I need to read the name of the data file into my program.  Once I have its name and path I can load it.  What code do I use in VB6 to do this?
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Is this what you want?  It starts the program that handles a data file of a specified type and passes the filename of that data file to that program.

Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib _
     "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA"_
     ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal lpOperation_
     As String, ByVal lpFile As String, ByVal_
     lpParameters As String, ByVal_
     lpDirectory As String, ByVal_
     nShowCmd As Long) As Long

ErrorLevel= _
ShellExecute(Me.hwnd, _
     "open", "MyDataFIle.ZXZ", "",_
     "", vbNormalFocus)
If ErrorLevel < 32 Then
     MsgBox "There is no association set up for files of type ZXZ",_
               vbExclamation
End If

-- Dan
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Éric Moreau earned 400 total points
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In your Form_Load event (or in the Sub Main procedure), read the value stored into COMMAND:

strFileName = Command
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