open external programs via matlab

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AA on 21 Jan 2015
Commented: Jung Sunghun on 10 Jul 2021
h = actxserver('WScript.Shell');
h.Run('notepad'); %Invokes notepad.exe
pause(3); %Waits for the application to load.
h.AppActivate('Notepad'); %Brings notepad to focus
h.SendKeys('hello world~'); %Sends keystrokes
h.SendKeys('^s'); % save file
pause(3);
h.SendKeys('test.txt~'); % save as 'test.txt' and return
h.SendKeys('%{F4}'); % close Notepad Alt+F4
The above example illustrates that you can send keystrok
The above code allows me to open an external application like notepad. However, I want to try the above code with microsoft word or adobe. How can I implement those changes?
thanks

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AA
AA on 22 Jan 2015
h = actxserver('WScript.Shell');
pause(3); %Waits for the application to load.
h.AppActivate('Notepad'); %Brings notepad to focus
The above code gets notepad into focus and then I can send hotkeys and other commands to it.
How can I get microsoft word or excel into focus in order to the same thing to it?

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Zoltán Csáti
Zoltán Csáti on 22 Jan 2015
If you want to open an external file outside MATLAB, use the exclamation mark operator. In your case:
!notepad.exe
All you have to do is search on the internet how to open those applications from the command line.

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