7 Nov 00 15:39
The following is the help for the Shell command:
Runs an executable program and returns a Variant (Double) representing the program's task ID if successful, otherwise it returns zero.
The Shell function syntax has these named arguments:
pathname Required; Variant (String). Name of the program to execute and any required arguments or command-line switches; may include directory or folder and drive.
windowstyle Optional. Variant (Integer) corresponding to the style of the window in which the program is to be run. If windowstyle is omitted, the program is started minimized with focus.
The windowstyle named argument has these values:
Constant Value Description
vbHide 0 Window is hidden and focus is passed to the hidden window.
vbNormalFocus 1 Window has focus and is restored to its original size and position.
vbMinimizedFocus 2 Window is displayed as an icon with focus.
vbMaximizedFocus 3 Window is maximized with focus.
vbNormalNoFocus 4 Window is restored to its most recent size and position. The currently active window remains active.
vbMinimizedNoFocus 6 Window is displayed as an icon. The currently active window remains active.
If the Shell function successfully executes the named file, it returns the task ID of the started program. The task ID is a unique number that identifies the running program. If the Shell function can't start the named program, an error occurs. If you use the MacID function with Shell in Microsoft Windows, an error occurs.
Note The Shell function runs other programs asynchronously. This means that a program started with Shell might not finish executing before the statements following the Shell function are executed.
I am not sure if that will help or not, but it may be worth a try.
Hope it helps...
Terry M. Hoeyth3856@txmail.sbc.com
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