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I guess you are talking about accessing the exec() method of the java.lang.Runtime class. Below is a bit of example code that should do what you are describing. Please note that I am working on a Linux system, and used "rxvt" as my system call. You should be able to substitute "notepad.exe" for this without much trouble. Please check the API documentation for more details.
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