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Command Lines

How do I use Command Lines?

The majority of my tools use a "command line". This is a way of sending instructions to a program when it is run.
For example, on your pc, pressing the start button, and then run and typing notepad vj.txt will start notepad and try to make it open a file called vj.txt. Here, vj.txt is your command line.

On your PDA, there are programs that will let you run programs like this, but it is quite impractical every time you want to send an sms etc. So, the more convenient way is to create "shortcuts" to the original tool, which will let you specify additional parameters to run with the tool. 

An example using VJSMS

The first thing you will need is a good file explorer.
I use gsfinder+, which is free, but you may already have Resco or Total Commander etc.

Using this app, navigate to where VJSMS.exe is installed on your system.
It will be something like \program files\vijay555\ if you used the default installation.

The location of VJSMS.exe on your phone is called its "path".

From there, click once on the file called VJSMS.exe.
Then go to the edit menu, and choose "Copy".

Next, choose the menu again and choose "paste shortcut" (these will have different names in different file explorers, but the concept is the same).

You will now have a file called something like VJSMS.exe.lnk. Click once on this file.

Now you want to see the "properties" of that file.
On gsfinder choose the file menu, and then properties.

Now towards the bottom of the screen click the "shortcut" tab.
From here you can edit the details of what you want the file to do when it's run - ie the "command line".

Notice that if you just run VJSMS without a command line, it will display helpful information.
So running VJSMS will show that specifying a command line:
VJSMS "123" - body "Thanks Vijay"
will send "Thanks Vijay" to number 123.

To do this with a shortcut, in the "properties" tab for the shortcut, just put
"123" - body "Thanks Vijay"
after the name of the file.

NOTE: The spaces and speech marks are all important, so you must give some thought to the specified "syntax" (ie the precise options that the program understands).

So, go to properties, and you'll see the name of the file "...blah blah\VJSMS.exe" in the middle of the screen [blah blah depends on where you installed the program]

Change this to
"...blah blah\VJSMS.exe" "123" - body "Thanks Vijay"

Try running the shortcut to test it.

It sounds like a long process but you will be able to do it in seconds with experience.

Once you understand this concept, make your own shortcuts and put them in your Start Menu etc.

Many people like to use a Today Plugin to launch shortcuts, as on my screenshots.
I recommend claunch. It's the best for customisation in my opinion.
This plugin will let you specify a command line, as above, so prepare them in gsfinder, test them, and then just copy and paste the command line over to claunch to have easy access to your shortcuts.



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