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Create ".BAT" file to "Start & Shut Down" Internet Explorer USING A KEYBOARD Key? WIN XP

Posted on 2004-09-17
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I'm new to using BATCH files, therefore my knowledge is extremely limited.

I'm using WIN XP Pro!

My question:

How do I create a ".BAT" file using "notepad" to "Start & Shut Down" Internet Explorer by USING A KEY ON MY KEYBOARD?

A Detailed answer would be greatly appreciated since my knowledge with batch files is very limited.

THANKS A BUNCH!
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Question by:crepair
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by:oBdA
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Save this batch someplace as SwitchIE.cmd (or whatever you want to name it). Create a shortcut to it someplace. Right-click the shortcut, choose "Properties", and enter a key in the "Key combination" field ("I", for example). In addition, set the shortcut to start the command in a minimized window (IE will still appear in a regular window).
The script will (without further warning) close any open instances of IE if it finds some; if it doesn't, it will start IE instead.

====8<----[SwitchIE.cmd]----
@echo off
setlocal
set Process=%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe

for %%a in ("%Process%") do set ExeFile=%%~nxa

tasklist | find /i "%ExeFile%" >NUL
if errorlevel 1 (
  start "" "%Process%"
) else (
  taskkill %ExeFile% >NUL
)
====8<----[SwitchIE.cmd]----
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by:turn123
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The script errored when I ran it.

ERROR: Invalid Argument/Option - 'iexplore.exe'.
Type "TASKKILL /?" for usage.
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The "taskkill" line should have been
taskkill /im %ExeFile% >NUL
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