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Visual Basic (Microsoft) VB.NET FAQ


Launch the default Application for a File (Or Web Browser for Web Page) by ThatRickGuy
Posted: 9 Dec 04 (Edited 15 Sep 06)

It appears that this no longer works correctly in XP with SP2, if I find a way to make it work again I'll update the FAQ

Nice and simple, but very handy, expecially now that FireFox is out and more and more people are moving away from IE. This will open the default web browser:


System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("cmd /c ""start http://www.google.com""")

This is also great for standard windows files. Like Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF files:


System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("cmd /c ""start " & FilePathAndName & """)

the Joy of the Start command is that it lets windows resolve the correct application to open the file with.

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