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START UP ANOTHER PROGRAM FROM WITHIN ?

START UP ANOTHER PROGRAM FROM WITHIN ?

START UP ANOTHER PROGRAM FROM WITHIN ?

(OP)
Is it possible to start another existing '.exe' file from within a running visual basic executible ?

If so, can you tell me the relevant commands ?

Cheers.

RE: START UP ANOTHER PROGRAM FROM WITHIN ?

You can use the ShellExecute API.

Good Luck
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RE: START UP ANOTHER PROGRAM FROM WITHIN ?

(OP)
Thanks for that. I guess I can root out the code in my Peter Norton book.

A further question ... is it possible having started up that second program, to insert a word in a text box in the second program ?

RE: START UP ANOTHER PROGRAM FROM WITHIN ?

No need to use API for the first Q, VB includes the Shell command - e.g. X = Shell("path\app.exe", vbMaximizedFocus)

For your second question use sendkeys

RE: START UP ANOTHER PROGRAM FROM WITHIN ?

(OP)
That's excellent, nearly there ... Can you please show me the syntax for 'sendkeys' ... it's not in my Norton book.

RE: START UP ANOTHER PROGRAM FROM WITHIN ?

(OP)
This is going well - thanks.

I can start another program, say called 'name' from within a running .exe with shell(name.exe) and write to it using SendKeys "words", for example. But there seems no control over exactly where the sendkeys statement places "words" in 'name.exe'. Is there some way to identify, say text1.text in the 'name.exe', as a destination for "word" ?

RE: START UP ANOTHER PROGRAM FROM WITHIN ?

You could try looking for the hdc handle of the control

Alternatively use any keyboard shortcuts existing in the second program from SendKeys (another possibility is the correct number of tabs from sendkeys)

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