OPEN – Open a File

The Z-Cron command OPEN is used for opening files, automatically and time-controlled.

It can be used to open any file for which a suitable application is installed and registered. The file is always opened with the default program.


Automatically Open File


This command lets you start presentations or videos, open documents, etc...

In combination with the STARTREMOTE command, these commands can also be executed on a remote computer in the local network. Z-Cron must be installed on both the target computer and the computer which issues the command.

Automatically Open File

Set Default Program for Filetype

If a file is opened by double click, the default program is used to open the file.

Default programs can be set manually. For example, a TXT file is usually opened with the Microsoft Editor, but it might also be opened with Microsoft Word.

To change the default program to open a file, right click on the file to open the context menu.


Open Kontext Menue


Then, open the menu Open with and click on Select default program. A dialog window appears that lets you select the desired programs. If the program is not listed in there, click Browse... to manually locate the EXE file for the desired program.


Select Standard Program


If you select the option Always open this file type with the selected program and then click on OK, all files of the same type are opened with the selected software.

Time-Controlled Opening of Files

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