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Is it possible put a link in an Excel file that will launch a program located on my desktop?
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yes
you just put in a cell this
=HYPERLINK("C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Reader 10.0\Reader\AcroRd32.exe","Adobe")

here it will open Adobe reader 10 if you have it installed on you prc just by clicking the cell you may replace the path to Adobe by the path to any other program you may have and the second part you type something meaningful to you like MyProgram ...

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great, should have thought to try that
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Well darn,

I tried it with the program path but sometimes the program is opened already.  In those cases, I don't want have the existing session open if it is already open.
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Here your asking something totally different. You want to check if an instance of a certain program has been loaded in memory and if yes then no action if no then start the said program is that correct ?
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