Shellid function (LotusScript® Language)

Starts another program and returns its task ID.


Shellid ( program [ , windowStyle ] )



A string expression whose value is the name of the program to run, including arguments. program can be the name of an executable file that uses a file name extension of BAT, COM, PIF, or EXE. You can omit the file name extension, and you can optionally include a complete path specification.

Using an internal DOS command name generates an error.


Optional. A number designating a valid window style, as specified in the following table.




1, 5, or 9

Normal with focus



Minimized with focus (default)



Maximized with focus


4 or 8

Normal without focus


6 or 7

Minimized without focus


The constants are defined in the file lsconst.lss. Including this file in your script allows you to use constant names instead of the numeric values assigned to them.

Return value

If the operating system is Windows or Macintosh, and LotusScript® successfully starts program, Shellid returns the program's task ID, a number that uniquely identifies the program. With other operating systems, if LotusScript® successfully starts program, Shellid returns the number 33.

If LotusScript® cannot start program, Shellid returns an error.


Shellid must be called from within an expression or an assignment statement, so that its return value is used.

After Shellid starts a program, LotusScript® continues to execute the script without waiting to make sure the program has completed. You cannot be sure that a program started by Shellid has finished running before the rest of your script is executed.

ShellID is a restricted operation - make sure you have set runtime security level 2 or higher "Allow restricted operations".

This feature will spawn processes which may outlive the spawning process.

The "ID" returned from the function is so that you can terminate the program at a later time. If you don't want this behavior, use Shell.