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Open File With Associated Application [C#]

This example demonstrates how to open file with an associated program. It shows, how to open text document in notepad, how to open image in a default viewer or how to open url address in a default web browser.

Applications are launched using Process.Start method. The file path or url is passed as a parameter.

[C#]
// open text file in notepad (or another default text editor)
System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(@"c:\textfile.txt");

[C#]
// open image in default viewer
System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(@"c:\image.jpg");

[C#]
// open url in default web browser
System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("http://www.csharp-examples.net");

[C#]
// open PDF file
System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(@"c:\document.pdf");

Similarly you can open Word document or any other file from your .NET application.


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By Jan Slama, 09-May-2010