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In Visual Basic 6.0, I want to use the Shell command in a special way. I was to have Shell to open a file in windows media player, and make it fullscreen. then when that file is completly finished...I want it to play the next. *.mpg, *.avi (any video format). I also want to do it with music files like *.wav and *.mp3. Can someone give me the code?
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Command Line Options Available for Windows Media Player
http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=Q241422

Try this, also take a look at the Windows Media Player control listed in the VB components selection.

Shell "C:\program files\windows media player\mplayer2.exe " & _
    "/play /fullscreen /close " & Chr(34) & _
    "C:\myfile.avi" & Chr(34)
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I'm not sure you can use the shell function to get that much control of the app settings, you should try creating a playlist and then opening that by creating a mediaplayer object. this way you will get full control of mediaplayer and its settings.

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Sorry I forgot that you wanted it to wait until the application exits, this code will shell an app and wait till it exits.  You could use this in place of the shell statement.

Shell out to a 32-bit application and wait until task completes
http://www.visualbasiccode.com/asp/showsn.asp?theID=33
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by:Linky
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Crash2100, you got it! Thanks a lot, that really helped.
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Glad to hear it worked!  Thanks for the points!
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