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12. Automation > 12.5. Add an Item to the Startup Group

12.5. Add an Item to the Startup Group

Problem

As part of your application, you would like to be able to allow users to add an application to the Startup menu so that your application will start up when Windows does. You just can’t figure out how to put the information into the Startup group. Is there a way to communicate between Access and the Windows shell so you can do this?

Solution

This is a case where the old technology called DDE comes in handy. The Windows shell accepts commands using DDE that allow you to create and delete groups and items. You can also retrieve lists of existing groups and items within those groups. This solution explains most of the Windows shell’s DDE interface.


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