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    Office versions

    I have a mix of Office 2000 and Office 2003 on our curriculum network, how can I use one start menu to choose whichever version is installed on that computer

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    I just put both versions of shortcuts on in different folders

    Start > Programs > Microsoft Office > 2007 > Word 2007, Excel 2007 etc
    Start > Programs > Microsoft Office > 2003 > Word 2003, Excel 2003 etc

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    Create a runprogram.vbs file using notepad containing the following code:

    Code:
    Dim ArgObj, var1
    Set ArgObj = WScript.Arguments 
    
    var1 = ArgObj(0)
    
    Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    WshShell.Run (var1)
    
    set ArgObj = Nothing
    and save it in a centrally accessable location.

    Then in your shortcut icon, set the target to

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    wscript <path>runprogram.vbs <program to run>
    where 'path' is the location of the script and 'program to run' is the executable name of the office program. For example to launch word, the target would be
    Code:
    wscript runprogram.vbs winword
    for excel it would be
    Code:
    wscript runprogram.vbs excel
    this looks up the program name in the app paths section of the registry for the location of winword, excel, powerpnt etc... and runs the program from that location thus allowing you to have one icon to launch whichever version of word etc. is installed on the machine.

    oh, and don't forget to assign an appropriate icon for your shortcut unless you like the default wscript one :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrforgetful View Post
    I just put both versions of shortcuts on in different folders

    Start > Programs > Microsoft Office > 2007 > Word 2007, Excel 2007 etc
    Start > Programs > Microsoft Office > 2003 > Word 2003, Excel 2003 etc
    Or one folder which contains all Office shortcuts:
    Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Word 2003, Word 2007

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    Thanks riedquat just what I was looking for

    JonR

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