Opening files in their default applications through system()

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    Opening files in their default applications through system()

    Hello. I was wondering whether there is a way to evoke Windows to open a file in its default application via a system() function call. If not, how would I do this in WIN32? Would the code work the same way in Windows 98 and XP? Thanks.
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    You would use ShellExecute(Ex), and it ought to work the same on 98 and XP, though you should check the docs for that: some flags might only be supported on one of them.
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    I'm not sure I understand your question, but I would suggest you give the ShellExecute() function a closer look: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...ellexecute.asp
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    Thanks.
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