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    I am throwing together a custom interface to run all my stuff, and i have having the hardest time trying to figure out what code will allow me to "when i hit button x, program x runs"

    I am trying to have it so when i click on MP3, winamp starts up. Ive been messing with VB for about an hour now, searching msdn, and google, and i just cant seem to find a peice of code that works to do, what i imagine, is a very simple operation.

    anyone have an idea on how to do this? i am stuck : )
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  • #2
    Piece of cake!
    You're looking for the Tools.Shell command. Here's the page I found:

    Oh, nice. vBulletin truncated the visual for the link to ...hellcommand. Don't worry - it is a legitimate link!
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    • #3
      awesome, thats just what i was looking for, however, using the syntax didnt work, it underlined tools saying it wasnt defined or something like that. I found an alias page here
      and it gave me the alias for it which is just shell, and then the code that follows from the page.

      Hope that helps anyone else having the same problem.
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      • #4
        Try this:

        Dim X As Long

        X=Shell ("C:\WINDOWS\Mplayer.exe", 1)

        Should fire up Media Player. Now replace the section in quotes with the path to your WinAmp EXE. If you want to add command line arguments, it is best to use short filenames.
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        • #5
          Shell """c:\Program Files\SomeFile.exe""" works fine for me. For some reason the msdb website says you need 3 sets of quotes, but it works fine.

          The problem i had was when you put "whatever"... it gives me the msg "Name "Tools" not declared"

          but since i got it to work with just shell "whatever" i think im good

          thanks for your help
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