IN THIS CHAPTER
Writing Windows Script Host scripts
Using the Microsoft Script Editor and the VBS Help file
Differences between VBS and VBA code
Scripts for working with Office documents
Scripts for working with files
Using the Windows Vista Task Scheduler to run a backup script
For many versions now, Windows has had its own scripting language, Windows Script Host, a dialect of Visual Basic Script (VBS). Windows Script Host (WSH) scripts can be run from the command line (for those versions of Windows that have a command line, click Start
One use for a WSH script is to create a database backup at regular intervals; another is to copy Word or Excel templates, or other supporting files, to the appropriate folder, as part of an Office application setup, when you don't want (or need) to create a full Install package. WSH scripts are also useful for working with files in a folder, doing tasks such as deleting or renaming files containing a certain prefix, suffix, or extension. This chapter describes how to create and modify WSH scripts, including sample scripts for some common uses.
Though you can create and edit WSH scripts with Notepad, it is a lot easier to work with them in the Microsoft Script Editor (MSE), using the VBScript downloadable Help file for reference. Curiously, neither ...