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Language: VB4/32,VB5,VB6
Expertise: Intermediate
Apr 22, 2000

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GetApplicationPath - Retrieve the path of a Windows application from the Registry

Const HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE = &H80000002

' Get the path of a Windows application
' or an empty string if the application isn't registered
'
' this routine only works for those applications that register
' themselves under the registry key
' HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths
'
' You can use it to retrieve the path of all MSOffice apps,
' MS Access, SQl Server, Windows Dialer, and more, for example
'      ' Run Excel in a maximized window
'      Shell GetApplicationPath("EXCEL.EXE"), vbMaximizedFocus
'
' requires the GetRegistryValue function

Function GetApplicationPath(ByVal ExeName As String) As String
    GetApplicationPath = GetRegistryValue(HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, _
        "Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\" & ExeName, "")
End Function
Francesco Balena
 
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