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Microsoft KB Archive/100837

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Error Message with LaunchExcel and LaunchPowerpoint Macros PSS ID Number: Q100837 Article last modified on 07-14-1994

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The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c


When you run the LaunchExcel or LaunchPowerpoint macros, which are supplied with Word for Windows in the NEWMACRO.DOC document, the following error message occurs if the Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint program directories are not in the PATH statement:

Cannot find or run the application.


Use a text editor to add the Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint program directory to the PATH statement in your AUTOEXEC.BAT. After you modify AUTOEXEC.BAT, restart (reboot) your computer to activate the new PATH statement.

More Information:

The LaunchExcel and LaunchPowerpoint macros use the WordBasic Shell statement to start their respective applications. The Shell statement uses only the executable filename to start the application and does not include the path to that executable file. As a result, these macros rely on the PATH statement to find the Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint program file.


“Using WordBasic,” by WexTech Systems and Microsoft, pages 284-285

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