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Need a basic script file that will flash an image on the desktop until canceled or timeout

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I am needing to flash an image on a computer desktop to alert someone when new email arrives.  The standard Outlook notifications are not good enough and we cannot use audio.  So I thought I would just use a script or batch file that causes an image to flash on the desktop for a predetermined amount of time (say 30 seconds).  I can create a rule in outlook to lauch the script or batch file when new email arrives. (not a problem)  I just do not know how to write a script or batch that can flash an image and have it continue to flash that image for the set amount of time.  Also, it would be good to have it also include a prompt that would allow for the user to kill the batch file if they are already near the computer.  I guess I could use any image type for this batch file.
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set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
oShell.AppActivate "Program"
oShell.SendKeys"{F5}"

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eddykt

could you elaborate on that for me.  I forgot to mention that I need complete coding if possible since I am do not have VB experience.  Thanks
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there is several way you can do, the code post is just to refresh the desktop

i.e. create shortcut and change icon every 5 seconds, refresh the desktop
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desktop refresh did not exactly fit my needs.  I posted this question in another topic area and recieved a VB solutio that works perfect.  I will award these points since the desktop refresh is a neat little script to have on hand for other needs.  Thanks....
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