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Hi,

I'm planning to incorporate in my application a tool to allow the user to brows for files and then save the file name and path to a table. (sort of attaching a file).  Later I will be loading the saved file names with their path into a listbox. The files can be Excel and Word documents to image files etc...

My question: What is the best way to allow the user to launch these files in their native applications? Is there a way to hyperlink the entire path?

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I will be using MS SQL 2005
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Fernando Soto earned 2000 total points
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Hi mkarkoukli;

You can use the Process class to do this. In the code snippet I have a file MyFile.csv located in the C:\Temp directory. When this information is passed to the Process.Start function as shown below the system will start Microsoft Excel.

Dim filename As String = "C:\Temp\MyFile.csv"
Process.Start(filename)

The system looks at the extension of the file and looks up the native program associated with that extension and starts that program passing in the file to open.

Fernando
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Thank you Fernando, I will give it a try
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Not a problem, glad I was able to help.  ;=)
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