VB6 Shell

I have the following code working:

runExe = Shell("C:\Program Files\Jasc Software Inc\Paint Shop Pro 8\Paint Shop Pro.exe " & stored_file, vbMaximizedFocus)

And it opens the picture in Paint Shop Pro, like it's supposed to.  I would like to save a step if Paint Shop Pro is already open, but this doesn't work:

runExe = Shell(stored_file, vbMaximizedFocus)

I thought it would use whatever program is associated with the file type, in this case .jpg, but it isn't working.
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rbgCODEConnect With a Mentor Commented:
wooops, forgot the code.. here it is.


Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal lpOperation As String, ByVal lpFile As String, ByVal lpParameters As String, ByVal lpDirectory As String, ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long

Public Sub xstart(xpath As String)
 Call ShellExecute(hWnd, "Open", xpath, "", App.Path, 1)
End Sub

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rbgCODECommented:
there is a special api you can use that will instead of using runEXE you actually call windows API to manage opening the file...

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