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Visual Basic (Microsoft) Versions 5/6 FAQ

Folders and Files

How to associate a file extension with an application by Bubbler
Posted: 23 Dec 03



Private Declare Function RegCreateKey Lib "advapi32.dll" Alias "RegCreateKeyA" (ByVal hKey As Long, ByVal lpSubKey As String, phkResult As Long) As Long
Private Declare Function RegSetValue Lib "advapi32.dll" Alias "RegSetValueA" (ByVal hKey As Long, ByVal lpSubKey As String, ByVal dwType As Long, ByVal lpData As String, ByVal cbData As Long) As Long
' Return codes from Registration functions.
Const ERROR_SUCCESS = 0&
Const ERROR_BADDB = 1&
Const ERROR_BADKEY = 2&
Const ERROR_CANTOPEN = 3&
Const ERROR_CANTREAD = 4&
Const ERROR_CANTWRITE = 5&
Const ERROR_OUTOFMEMORY = 6&
Const ERROR_INVALID_PARAMETER = 7&
Const ERROR_ACCESS_DENIED = 8&
Private Const HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT = &H80000000
Private Const MAX_PATH = 260&
Private Const REG_SZ = 1

Dim sKeyName As String 'Holds Key Name in registry.
Dim sKeyValue As String 'Holds Key Value in registry.
Dim ret& 'Holds error status if any from API calls.
Dim lphKey& 'Holds created key handle from RegCreateKey.

'This creates a Root entry called "MyApp".
sKeyName = "MyApp"
sKeyValue = "My Application"
ret& = RegCreateKey&(HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, sKeyName, lphKey&)
ret& = RegSetValue&(lphKey&, "", REG_SZ, sKeyValue, 0&)
'This creates a Root entry called .BAR associated with "MyApp".
sKeyName = ".BAR"
sKeyValue = "MyApp"
ret& = RegCreateKey&(HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, sKeyName, lphKey&)
ret& = RegSetValue&(lphKey&, "", REG_SZ, sKeyValue, 0&)
'This sets the command line for "MyApp".
sKeyName = "MyApp"
sKeyValue = "c:\mydir\my.exe %1"
ret& = RegCreateKey&(HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, sKeyName, lphKey&) ret& = RegSetValue&(lphKey&, "shell\open\comm

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