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    ShellExecute returning a handle

    According to the API guide if I use ShellExecute it should return the handle of the application that opened the file. I can't find the syntax to "grab" that handle from ShellExecute

    If the function succeeds, the return value is the instance handle of the application that was run, or the handle of a dynamic data exchange (DDE) server application.

    My syntax is as follows:

    VB Code:
    1. ShellExecute 0, "Open", App.Path & "\Backup.tib.tis", "", "", vbNormalFocus
    VB.NET 2005 Express with .Net 2.0
    C# 2010 .Net 4.0

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    VB Code:
    1. Option Explicit
    3. Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal lpOperation As String, _
    4. ByVal lpFile As String, ByVal lpParameters As String, ByVal lpDirectory As String, ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long
    6. Private Const SW_HIDE As Long = 0
    7. Private Const SW_SHOWNORMAL As Long = 1
    8. Private Const SW_SHOWMAXIMIZED As Long = 3
    9. Private Const SW_SHOWMINIMIZED As Long = 2
    11. Private Sub Form_Load()
    12.     Dim lHwnd As Long
    13.     lHwnd = ShellExecute(vbNull, "Open", App.Path & "\Backup.tib.tis", vbNullString, "C:\", SW_SHOWNORMAL)
    14.     MsgBox "Handle: " & lHwnd, vbOKOnly + vbInformation
    15. End Sub
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