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To run Word/Excel/PowerPoint 2003 or 2007 in Windows XP run box. Is there any way to do this?

Furthermore, does it have any arguments?

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You can use command-line switches with parameters to run MS Office programs. The following articles explain the details:

For example, if you type the following command into Run box and hit Enter, it opens a specific Excel workbook as read-only:

excel.exe /r "c:\My Folder\book1.xlsx"

As another example, the following command forces Excel to bypass all files that are stored in startup directories, such as the default XLStart folder located in the directory where Excel or the 2007 Microsoft Office system is installed.

excel.exe /s 


excel.exe /safemode
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You can launch Office word/excel/powerpoint using the following,

Word - winword

Excel - excel

Powerpoint - powerpnt

And you could use the arguments like @Mehper C. Palavuzlar mentioned/

for example,

Powerpoint - powerpnt "C:\Users\admin\test.pptx"

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  • powerpnt.exe (or powerpnt) for launching MS Powerpoint
  • winword.exe (or winword) for launching MS Word
  • excel.exe (or excel) for launching MS Excel
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