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How can I run a batch file minimized without employing the use of another batch file?

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I would like to start a batch file minimized, without the need for the batch file to call another batch file to run.
ie.  start /min job.bat

I do not want the above scenario, but one batch file, which starts minimized.

Is there a way to do this?
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After a fashion; the batch can restart itself minimized and end the first instance.
This example will do just that, while keeping the arguments passed:
@echo off
setlocal
if /i not "%~1"=="/min" (
	start /min "Minimized Command Prompt" %ComSpec% /c ""%~f0" /min %*"
	goto :eof
)
shift
echo Argument 1: %1
echo Argument 2: %2
pause

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You can use a shortcut set up to start minimized.
Or use cmdow.exe, a free 3rd-party tool, to minimize or control windows including the own.
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The thing with cmdow is that some AV flags it as potentially unwanted program, because it can hide open windows as well.
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by:100questions
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oBda, thank you.   Is there somewhere within that batch that I need to insert the name of the file or does it know automatically that it's running itself?
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It'll automatically know its own name and path, that's what "%~f0" in line 4 expands to (enter "help call" in a command prompt for more possibilities).
You can add your own script content starting at line 8, or of course copy lines 1-7 at the beginning of an existing script.
In line 4, you can replace "Minimized Command Prompt" with whatever you want the window title to be.
If your existing script has "setlocal enabledelayedexpansion" at the beginning, adjust line 2 accordingly.
The script window will automatically close itself once it's done; if you want to keep the window open, replace the /c in line 4 with /k.
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Works very well, after I removed the pause.  Thanks.
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