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How to open a specific file in Computer Control with The Grid 2

If you are using the Computer Control or Program Control workspace, it can be very useful to have a cell that opens a specific file in a specific program. For example, you may wish to open your shopping list on Word, or maybe an expenses spreadsheet in Excel.

You can make use of the “Run a Program” command to do this. For more details, have a look at our answer on Running a program. On the cell, you will need a “run a program” command, a “wait” command and a “dock” command. The wait command allows time for the program to load, and the dock command will dock the program next to the grid.

In order to choose the program you wish to run, click on Browse in the “run a program” window and locate the relevant executable file.

Having found the program you wish to run, then type the location of the file that you want to open. This location must be within quotation marks. The place holders also come in very useful here.
Some examples:

  • C:Program FilesWindows NTAccessorieswordpad.exe “%MYDOCUMENTS%shopping list.doc”
  • C:Program FilesWindows NTAccessoriesexcel.exe “%DESKTOP%expenses.xls”

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