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, "Mike Hopkins" <ironmike@i...>
> OK, good folks, what are the command line parameters
> to open new window minimized, MAXIMIZED, or Normal?
> Also, is there any command line parameter that will
> close a window after the associated program has
> I'm trying to get windows scheduler to open Media player,
> play a tone every ten minutes and exit.
> I can't find a free clock program that will do this
> and the cron-like programs I have tried interfered with the
> operation of other programs like, oh, windows explorer.
> Any help will be appreciated.
> Mike Hopkins
> ironmike |AT| inav.net
Depending upon your Windows version (meaning if you're running NT,
2000, or XP), the command line command for starting programs in a
specific sized window is START. Go to a command line prompt and type
START /? then press ENTER. If you get an error then start isn't
available in your system. However if start is available, the
start /? key sequence will tell you how to start a program in
different windows amongst other things.
Even if you are not using a newer version of Windows you can still do
this with older versions by creating a shortcut to the program you
want to launch. Just create a shortcut to that program and launch
(or use START or from NoteTab ^!Shell) the shortcut instead of the
program itself. In the properties for a shortcut you can specify
whether the window is opened minimized, maximized or normal.
As to closing a window after a program exits, it really depends on
what you're doing. Most GUI programs (GUI=Graphic User Interface
i.e. a typical Windows program like NoteTab) do close the window
they're in when they terminate, however many command line programs
won't. To force a window created by a command line program to close
after the program terminates, add the command line command of EXIT to
the end of the script. But even that may not close the Window in some
older versions of Windows.