Launch files and programs from your code using Delphi. ShellExecute(Handle, ‘open’,”,nil,nil, SW_SHOWNORMAL);. If that option is disabled (the default setting), ShellExecute uses an open Explorer window rather than launch a new one. If no Explorer window. The open verb is a good example, as it is commonly supported. When you use ShellExecute or ShellExecuteEx to open file.

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ShellExecute in Delphi

I have collected some of ways which are very useful for Delphi developers. The set of available verbs depends on the particular file or folder. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Be careful of the Application assumption; if there’s no window oppen. Launches an editor and opens the document for editing. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. How to open windows explorer when I click a button?

For ShellExecuteassign these values to the appropriate parameters.

The item can be a file or folder. This procedure is usually equivalent to setting lpVerb to “open”, but some file types may have a different default command. Note that not all verbs are supported on all objects. A pointer to a null shellexecuet string, referred to in this case as a verbthat specifies the action to be performed. This utility displays a dialog box that can be used shhellexecute search files for a specified text string.


For example, not all document types support the “print” verb. So what it LCID? If that option is disabled the default settingShellExecute uses an open Explorer window rather than launch a new one. FileName, link URL to open and modify. However, it is more commonly used to launch an application that operates on a particular file. In Delphi we don’t required any third party components to send mails. As mentioned ShellAPI must be added to your uses list. If the checkbox is checked, the demo will wait for the completion of the external program.

In general, trying to determine the list of available verbs for a particular file is somewhat complicated.

Will this work if the file wasn’t in C: In this blog I have tried to cover all the ways. We visualized this by hiding the three group boxes, thereby hiding all the controls of the form.

Using Shell Execute in Delphi

When a user right-clicks a folder icon in Windows Explorer, one of the menu items is “Search”. Well in case you need to select some particular file in explorer I have the following function which I use.


So here are the ways Dellphi application first retrieves the PIDL of the Windows directory, and enumerates its contents until it finds the first. ShellExecute Handle, ‘open’, PChar ‘c: Once your application has located a file object, the next step is often to act on it in some way.

To specify a Shell namespace object, pass the fully qualified parse name. If no Explorer window is open, ShellExecute launches a new one.

What code will I need to achieve this? If I have left something please feel free to add comments. What happens next, depends from the state of the “Wait for termination” checkbox: Tobassum Munir 1 3 9.

The flags that specify how an application is to be displayed when it is opened. Prints the file specified by lpFile. If neither verb is available, the system uses the first verb listed in the registry. The open verb is a good example, as it is commonly supported. The lpFile member is set to the parsing name of the file, and the lpVerb member to NULLto begin the default operation.