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Stand alone number sequence generator?

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Does anyone know where I may find a small stand alone application that will return the next sequential number when the programme is executed.
I can acieve this with an Excel macro, but it takes too long to keep opening Excel just for a number.
Ideally the application would copy the number to the clipboard.

This is because my colleagues who use a variety of software need a unique similarly formatted number when indexing their documents. A central file would allow them to create a unique sequential refernce.
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I suppose, it's on Windows. If so, create a msg.bat file with the following contents, and run it each time you need new number.
The last number resides in msg.dat file.
@echo off
SETLOCAL ENABLEEXTENSIONS ENABLEDELAYEDEXPANSION
set f=msg.dat
if not exist %f% echo 0 > %f%
for /f %%i in (%f%) do set /a v=1+%%i & echo !v! > %f%
type %f%
pause

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Excellent this is exactly the kind of thing I was after, thank you
2 things...
1.Instead of displaying would it be possible to copy the number directly to the clipboard?
2.Is it also possible to prefix the number?

Thanks
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1. http://www.petri.co.il/software/clip.zip  (for clip.exe)
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replace:
  type %f%
with:
  for /f %%i in (%f%) do set v=my prefix %%i my postfix & echo !v!
or with:
  for /f %%i in (%f%) do set v=my prefix %%i my postfix & echo !v! | clip.exe

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by:spar-kle
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That's great, is it possible to suppress the command window?
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..alternatively to automatically close the window
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Remove the last "pause" command. The window will open and close.

I've tried to open it out of the desktop (Properties / Layout / Windows position), but it does not work for out-of-boundary.
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by:spar-kle
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Thanks Jiexa for all your help
Works perfectly
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Excellent.
Thanks for all your help
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