Command-line, the old beast ..

If you come from a oldies group (I don't mean the age ..please! ). I mean ..if you've been into dev since gud' ol' C days) then passing/using command-line arguments might seem natural to you.

But the problem is.. I would expect that every application which supports command line argument *should*   also support a standard way to know the switches like "applicationname.exe /?" should give me a list of all the switches.

Unfortunately, it's not the case for office (HINT: winword.exe /? will not give me a list :( ). I understand that we are living in a GUI world where I shoudn't  need command-line parameters, but I am a huge fan of *choice*   and,  to me,  it makes alotof sense that office still supports command-line parameters.

Moreover, there are a few instances where you don't have any option, other then using command-line( like the one posted by larry   . So, the moral of the story is - You gotta know the command line switches !

Here is a small list about the command line switches, although it might not be a complete list, but i'll update my blog after collecting the remaining pieces.

 

Office 2007 : http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/HP101640101033.aspx

Office 2000 -2003 : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/210565

/a & /safe switch: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;813589

Excel: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/HA101580301033.aspx

Visio: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314392

Powerpoint: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/HA101538891033.aspx 

Playlist files .. (this is something that I never knew about, even it's existence!): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/176678

 

 

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