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    :) I couldn't find this answer on the site. If someone knows a half-way simple & reliable method, I would appreciate it.
    I have a ChessBrain (a DC program) shortcut on my desktop. I also have a DSL shortcut there. My computer runs off-line programs at night (I don't like leaving it on-line when I can't check it every so often).
    My problem is, due to my slightly ancient age, I forget to turn ChessBrain on each morning when I start the DSL up. It's a "on-line" program only. Sometimes I may do "regular" computing for an hour or so before I realize, "Hey, I'm wasting cycles."
    I would probaly be 1st in the world if I hadn't wasted that hour a day for the last few months.:D :D :D
    Is there a way to connect Chess to the DSL shortcut so both start automatically when I start up the DSL? I've read it can probaly be done with a "batch file", but I'm not sure how to do that.
    Any help for an old-timer? (70 for the last 12 years;) ;) ) Help is appreciated in advance.

    Thanks.

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    I could tell you how to boot your comp and get them to start up with it, but I don't know how to do it with a single shortcut on a PC that has already booted into windows :shrug:

    but in case I've missunderstod, this is how you to boot and have them execute when windows loads: copy the shortcuts to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and they will start up with windows every time. That's really all there is too it :)

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    Yeah, I do know how to put things in the start-up. That's not what I'm trying to do. Like you mentioned, I'm wanting to do this inside Windows. May not even be possible, but like I said, I've read somewhere at one time about making a batch file. But I can't remember where. Thanks anyway.

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    I do believe you hit the nail on the head.

    It sounds like a batch file is just what you need. Now I'm going to sweeten the deal a bit for you :D

    Yep, Mr C. comes through with the freeware yet again!
    It's called BatchRun;

    http://www.outertech.com/index.php?_...e=product&id=1

    That little program should walk you through building your own custom batch file with a minimum of hassle.

    Have fun, and good luck with your DC :)
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    Thanks both of ya. Believe it or not, I was just checking out one of these "batch-makers". I searched up Batch with Google. But I think this was WinBatch, but I can't remember.:o :o :o
    I'll use yours though. I'll let you know what damage I do. Now if I could just remember where I put those D@#! eyeglasses.
    Oh yeah, I did try taking both shortcuts & linking them with one "hot-key"--I used F1 just for simplicity--didn't see how I could forget that one. It's the 1st button on my keyboard.
    That don't work though. One "key" to a program it told me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. C
    Yep, Mr C. comes through with the freeware yet again!
    It's called BatchRun;

    http://www.outertech.com/index.php?_...e=product&id=1

    That little program should walk you through building your own custom batch file with a minimum of hassle.
    that's looks like a pretty sweet little app MR. C :thumb: I think I could find some use for that myself.
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    Yes, F1 is used almost universally in Windows to open Help in the OS or running application. You will most definitely need to use another key or perhaps a combination of keys.

    F1 is most definitely reserved long long ago :)

    As the WinBatch I found costs $99.95 (with a generous 90-day unconditional money-back guarantee no less), I'd definitely give the freeware a whirl.

    a $100 shortcut just seems a bit steep to me!
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    They've got programs to make batch files now?!? That's just wrong.

    I remember, back in my day, we had to write those little fellas by hand! Blindfolded! With handcuffs on!

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    LOL

    OK, you may begin your lesson now Beefy :)
    I simply found it easier to provide linkage - besides, some folks here rather expect free software from my postings.

    ummm, please remove the blindfold prior to the instruction though, OK?
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