How to start a Windows program from MindManager?

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During presentations, I'd prefer to be able to start Windows programs (e.g. MS Outlook) directly from MindManager. What's the simplest way to achieve that?
I know I can find the path to an executable and add that as a hyperlink; is there a simpler way?
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Werner Beck

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Actually there is a simple alternative for Outlook, if not for other Windows programs. You could just send the relevant Outlook folder (email, calendar or Contacts) to the MindManager map where a topic with the appropriate link would be added. If you like you could send a specific item in any of these folders (real, or with most details blank) to the map and edit the topic text.

For other programs you have to link from the MM end to a blank file in the appropriate format, for example a blank Word document for Word.
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Thanks for your suggestion, Alex.

What I ended up using in my current use case in question ("create a new Outlook appointment"):
  • Link Target:  C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14\Outlook.exe
  • and parameter:   /c ipm.appointment
I need this little presentation to work for a few others as well. Therefore, pointing to a specific object in Outlook won't work. And, I would've preferred to avoid that long path as it depends on the specific Outlook version. I'm thinking that Mind Manager could check if a link contains a simple filename with .EXE suffix, and if so, simply pass it to a RUN command which would do the usual magic (%PATH% etc.). Perhaps add a "do you really want to do this??" question for confirmation in order to avoid a few less pleasant surprises.