Action - Run

Ever wanted to make a macro that will run another program or pop up a web page or do anything else that you can do when you click the Start button and then click Run?  Ever want to do the same thing on a remote network client?  If so, then you should like this feature.

Oh so you're not one of them and you're wondering why on earth you would want to do such a thing?  Well, maybe you have a speech synthesizer program that can take text from a command line parameter and then say it.  If so, then you can use it to make Home Domination speak (eventually that feature will be in Home Domination though).  If you're a programmer or are familiar with VB Script, you probably are already thinking of all the wondrous things you'll be able to do!

Name - This should be a brief description of the action.  This is displayed in the action list so put something here that helps you figure out what this action is for.  It puts a default there for you in case you're not very creative.

Description - If you like to be wordy, this field is where you would put all the nitty-gritty details about the action that you think are important.  This field shows up in the selection list too, but otherwise isn't used.

File Name - This is the file name of the program or script to run, or it can also be the name of a web site, and possibly other things as well.

Action - You would normally use Open, however this can also be Edit, Explore, Find, and PrintOpen will run the file or open it in whatever way is appropriate for that type of file.  It you select Edit, and it knows what the extension is, it will invoke the appropriate program to edit it.  Explore will pop up the explore window.  Find will pop up the find window and try to find the file.  Print will attempt to print the file if it's a type of file that it knows how to print.

Parameters - This can be used to pass parameters to the program, script, or web site.

Default Dir - This will set the default directory to use with the program you're trying to run.  

Show - This can be used to change how the program will appear once it's run.  This can be Show Normal, Hide, Maximize, Minimize, Restore, Show, Show Default, Show Maximized, Show Minimized, Show Minimized - No activate, Show NA, and Show No Activate.

Run on Client Machine - You can run a program on a single client machine, or on all client machines.  Check this check box, and then select the appropriate user or select a user of "All".  If you want to run something on both the client machine and the main machine, you'll need to create two separate actions, one with this checked and another not checked.

User - If Run on Client Machine is checked, it will run it on any computer that is set of this user, or it will run it on all attached client machines if "All" is selected.

Edit Users - If you want to add or change users, just click this button to go to the User List window.

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