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The Recorder application (RECORDER.EXE) that is included with Windows 3.0 and 3.1 can be started with certain command-line parameters that allow Recorder to load a file when started and, optionally, automatically run a macro that is defined in the file.
To start Recorder and load a file, the command line syntax is
RECORDER.EXE <filename>where <filename> is the name of the Recorder file you want to load. If the file is not in the same directory as Recorder, then the path needs to be specified before the filename.
The following starts Recorder and loads the file TEST.REC:
Auto-Executing MacrosOptionally, you can have Recorder automatically execute a macro that is defined in the macro file. The syntax of the line that does this is
RECORDER.EXE -h <shortcutkey> <filename>where <filename> is the Recorder filename you want to load and <shortcutkey> is the key defined in the macro that is being loaded. The -h switch tells Recorder to use the hotkey defined immediately after the -h.
For example, if a macro is defined in the macro file TEST.REC that used the shortcut key ALT+F10, the command line to execute this macro when starting Recorder is
RECORDER.EXE -h %F10 TEST.RECNote the % in this example. This signifies the ALT key. The following table explains the key sequences:
It is possible to use all these keys in conjunction with the keys listed in the drop-down list box in the dialog box that appears when you choose Properties from the Macro menu. A sample command line is as follows:
Key Sequence --- -------- ALT % CTRL ^ SHIFT +
RECORDER.EXE -h %^+F10 TEST.RECDepending on your version of Windows, there are up to three ways to automatically run macros when you start Windows.