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ShellExecute returns 'Not enough actual parameters' if using SW_SHOWNORMAL

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Using Delphi BDS 2006, I get 'Not enough actual parameters' when compiling a ShellExecute statement, but ONLY if I use SW_SHOWNORMAL. If I pass SW_SHOW I do not get any error.
Also if I try this in a new application I don't get any problem. only in my existing application.

Here's the code:
var
  param: string;
begin
  param := 'calc';
  shellapi.ShellExecute(GetDeskTopWindow
    , 'open'
    , pChar(Param)
    , nil
    , nil
    , SW_SHOWNORMAL);
end;

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you could have declared a same named function with more parameters ...

what shows when press Ctrl-Space at the end of the function ?
1 of more functions ?

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ThievingSix: Oddly enough, using 1 compiles.
rionroc: Using GetDesktopWindow unfortunatley doesn't help
Geert_Gruwez: Do you mean in the last parameter, or do you mean for example after the last bracket ) but before the semi-colon ; ? I assume you mean the last parameter. Then yes it brings up a list of constants starting with SW_SHOWNORMAL = 1.

I guess I can live with putting 1 in.

I will keep the question open though in case somebody has anything new to add.

By the way, if I try to think of anything I did to make it like this I know I changed the compile settings to 'include debug dcus' 'local symbols' etc etc. But when I took all of these off the problem persists - also in a fresh applicaiton if I enable all the debug things it doesn't give a problem.
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Hitting ctrl-space just after the function ShellExecute, before the (
This should bring up the list of available functions starting with that name...
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Yeh that was my guess Geert. There might be another declaration of SW_SHOWNORMAL somewhere in that project.

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