open up a word document with Ms Word

Posted on 2002-06-14
Last Modified: 2010-03-31
From Java, it is very easy to open up another program (thanks to Venci75). But what happen if open another program with its own file?

For example, if i want to open up a document file (.doc) with Ms Word from java, what should be the code look like?
Question by:Heliumyap
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ID: 7077807
try this:

Runtime.getRuntime().exec("cmd /c start c:/temp/kiki.doc");

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ID: 7077810
I mean:
Runtime.getRuntime().exec("cmd /c start c:/...<the path to your document>");

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ID: 7077821
Wow! it work! But what does "cmd /c start" mean? Could you explain abit?
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Author Comment

ID: 7077825
does cmd means the command in dos prompt?

Expert Comment

ID: 7077827
this actually is a thrick. This starts the command promt. /c means that the commands after that will be executed and after that the command prompt will be closed. Now I am actually looking for a better way - that doesn't show the command promt, but with no success til now

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ID: 7077830
aha - I found it:
Runtime.getRuntime().exec("explorer c:\\temp\\my_doc.doc");

this force the windows explorer to find the application for this document, and open the document with it

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