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how i can run an application in my Vb Programs?

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how i can run an application from any part of my computer in my Vb programs .like System() in C .or run () in foxpro
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TimCotteeCommented:
In vb, this is the Shell function:

appID = Shell("c:\myapplication\myapp.exe",vbNormalFocus)

The appID is a task reference that you can use later in certain circumstances. The second parameter governs how the application is displayed. For more information:

Visual Basic for Applications Reference

Shell Function
     

Runs an executable program and returns a Variant (Double) representing the program's task ID if successful, otherwise it returns zero.

Syntax

Shell(pathname[,windowstyle])

The Shell function syntax has thesenamed arguments:

Part Description
pathname Required; Variant (String). Name of the program to execute and any requiredarguments orcommand-line switches; may include directory or folder and drive.
windowstyle Optional. Variant (Integer) corresponding to the style of the window in which the program is to be run. If windowstyle is omitted, the program is started minimized with focus.


The windowstyle named argument has these values:

Constant Value Description
vbHide 0 Window is hidden and focus is passed to the hidden window.  
vbNormalFocus 1 Window has focus and is restored to its original size and position.
vbMinimizedFocus 2 Window is displayed as an icon with focus.
vbMaximizedFocus 3 Window is maximized with focus.
vbNormalNoFocus 4 Window is restored to its most recent size and position. The currently active window remains active.
vbMinimizedNoFocus 6 Window is displayed as an icon. The currently active window remains active.


Remarks

If the Shell function successfully executes the named file, it returns the task ID of the started program. The task ID is a unique number that identifies the running program. If the Shell function can't start the named program, an error occurs.

Note   By default, the Shell function runs other programs asynchronously. This means that a program started with Shell might not finish executing before the statements following the Shell function are executed.
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SethiCommented:
There are two of ways by which you can do this.

First Method
Use the Shell Function In VB. Here is an example:
Shell "C:\WINNT\system32\notepad.exe " & strFileName, vbMaximizedFocus
Specify the textfile name with full path in strFileName.


Second Method
Use ShellExecute API.
Public 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
ShellExecute Me.hwnd, "Open", filePath, 0&, 0&, SW_SHOWNORMAL
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