VBS and VB simple question

Posted on 2003-02-24
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Last Modified: 2010-04-07
Hi, I'm new here and i am currently learning
Visual Basic.
I was messing around writing a program in VBS with notepad
and i couldent use the shell command.
i allways get an error saying
type missmatch: "Shell"
i typed this into notepad and saved it as .vbs

Shell "C:\notepad.exe"

I got nothing, just an error.
But i can do it in a VB editor.
I have no idea why its doing that.
Thanks for your help!!
Question by:OverdrivE
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This is because not all functions available within VB are available with VBScript.

VBScript is designed for client side web browser scripting (though of course it can do many other things as well). As a result there are a number of limitations. For example there are no native file handling commands in vbscript, you cannot use API functions either. However many of the things that can be achieved in VB can be achieved in VBScript using alternative methods. For example the Shell command that you refer to can be achieved using this code:

Dim wshShell
Set wshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
wshShell.Run "c:\notepad.exe"
Set wshShell = Nothing


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Thank you very much!!!
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