save variable value for next program boot

Posted on 2002-04-15
Last Modified: 2010-05-02
Dear all,
I want to save a variable value as bootup parameter when next time my program boots. How can I do?

any suggestion appreciated
Question by:David777

Expert Comment

ID: 6943784
Hi David777

Probably the registry is the best place and most common solution for such things.

Ray at home

Expert Comment

ID: 6943826
Hi David777,

In 16-bit Windows-based applications this type of information generally stores in INI (initialization file) but in Win32-based applications you should store initialization information in the registry.

I hope it will help you.


Expert Comment

ID: 6943890
Look up savesetting and getsetting in the help. These are used to save to the reg. But they only save into a special section of the reg if you want total control you should look at another function to read/write the reg.

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Expert Comment

ID: 6944219
How about just writing it out to as file..?
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by:Éric Moreau
ID: 6944410
ExcelRay is correct. See GetSettings and SaveSettings in the VB help. These are really easy to use.

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olx earned 50 total points
ID: 6946069
copy and paste....

'when your app ends, it saves the value in the file
'replace DesiredValue with the variable name you wish

Private Sub Form_QueryUnload(Cancel As Integer, UnloadMode As Integer)

    Dim V As Long
    Open App.Path & "\" & App.EXEName & ".cfg" For Random As #1 Len = 4
    V = DesiredValue
    Put #1, 1, V
    Close 1
End Sub

'when your app starts, it loads the value from the file

Private Sub Form_Load()

    Dim V As Long
    Open App.Path & "\" & App.EXEName & ".cfg" For Random As #1 Len = 4
    Get #1, 1, V
    DesiredValue = V
    Close 1
End Sub

and if you like to use more values put this in a module:

type ConfigFile

     Value1 as long
     Value2 as long
     Value3 as long
     Value4 as date
     Value5 as integer
     SomeText as string * 100

end type

'and replace the lines:
'    Dim V As Long
'    Open App.Path & "\" & App.EXEName & ".cfg" For Random 'As #1 Len = 4

'for the lines
'    Dim V as configfile
'    Open App.Path & "\" & App.EXEName & ".cfg" For Random As #1 Len = len(v)

'to retrieve the values query them inside the form_load like this:

'    somevar = v.value1
'    someOtherVar = v.value2

hope this helps.
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Expert Comment

ID: 6949363
Here's how we implemented it:

SaveSetting App.CompanyName, App.EXEName, RegistryEntryName, strDataToSave


strRegInfo = GetSetting(App.CompanyName, App.EXEName, RegistryEntryName, vbNullString)

If strRegInfo = vbNullString Then
  msgbox "not currently in registry"
  ' load strRegInfo somewhere to continue where you left off or otherwise restore a setting
end if

The above would work well for doing things like restoring the window location and size to wherever the user left it when the app closed.

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