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Win 10 Using IE vs Edge from CMD batch file

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I have a bat file that contains two lines:

     "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" https://www.amazon.com/
     exit

Once Amazon comes up, the CMD window stays open until I close IE.

Is there a way to get the command window to close without closing IE?
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start "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" https://www.amazon.com/
exit
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I think you will need to include the window title parm on the START command, since the program path has quotes.  Use the following.

start "" "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" https://www.amazon.com/
exit

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~bp
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Bill, NVIT -

Either solution works but the best the extra ("") double quotes: it remembers where IE was exited (3 HD displays), size & location. How does that work?????
Anyway - thank you so very much.!!  
- Ed
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I'm not sure the START has anything to do with IE restarting where it was, although honestly I'd have to experiment a bit to better understand that one.  Glad you got some working solutions.

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Actually I take that back.  Even though it appears both work, the first by NVIT doesn't.  It isn't actually starting IE by the path in the START command, that is failing because the extra "" are missing, and needed.  But it also looks at the URL and launches it, which cause IE to load, since that must be your default browser.

When I just did a quick test here, it loaded Amazon site, but in Firefox here, my default browser, when I used NVIT approach.  Using my approach it did load IE and open Amazon.

So I suspect that has some bearing on it remembering where it left off, etc.  Bottom line, use the second example.

~bp
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Bill -

Of course you are right. Last night I was so happy to NOT see the command window , I never noticed that without quotes, it launched the EDGE browser, not IE.

Thanks for noticing
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