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How can I open a text file via Wordpad in C#.  The code I'm using below compiles fine, but nothing happens when I attempt to launch Wordpad.
string strLogFilePath = @"c:\dir\subdir\file.txt";

System.Diagnostics.Process process = new System.Diagnostics.Process();

process = System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("wordpad", strLogFilePath);

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What happens if you run:

System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(@"C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Accessories\wordpad.exe", strLogFilePath);

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by:abel
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you do not need your line 2, that a redundant "new" statement.

Just tried your code, works perfect for me. What errors do you get?
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abel,
I don't get an error, I get nothing at all.
private void viewLogToolStripMenuItem_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

        {

            System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("wordpad", strLogFilePath);

        }

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iUsername,

The same thing happens... which is absolutely nothing.
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Just as experiment, can you past the following line and execute it from the immediate window to see if that works (it doesn't matter that the file does not exist)?

System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("wordpad", "test.txt");

(for the immediate window to work, your application must be error free and have the Startup focus).

When that works, can you place a breakpoint on line 3 in your last post and run your application? When it hits the breakpoint, can you copy the line from the breakpoint line in the imm. window and execute it (hit enter)? If that works, can you hit F10 to go to the next line? If that works.... (but it shouldn't, let's see how far you get).
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PS: if wordpad could not be found or started (just tested that), you will get an exception.
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Still not working.  Tired of messing with it.  I just created a multi-line text box control that I'll read the log file into.  Thanks for your help.
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If you're running on Vista and you are not an administrator, you may've run into user-restriction problems. Also, does the breakpoint hit and what did the imm. window output? It should dump about 100 lines of useful information....

Oh, and have you already checked the task manager? And what happens if you go to a command window and type "start wordpad"? That uses the same command internally as Process.Start.

Well, if you don't want to pursue this further....
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abel,

I already went ahead with the text box.  I appreciate your help, though.  Thank you.
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Not sure why "a full refund" as the asker clearly answered this question himself: he went for another solution. This (s)he explains in http:#24750096 along with giving the other solution. My suggestion/request is to accept his comment as answer.

The question is valuable to keep because the other comments give insight in how to troubleshoot the original problem.
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