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Convert a path string into a ITEMIDLIST structure

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I want to select a directory or folder using the function
SHGetPathFromIDList. As you know it is possible to set a root directory in the BROWSEINFO structure. The pidlRoot element of the BROWSEINFO takes a pointer to a ITEMIDLIST, so I want to convert an existing 0-terminated string eg. "C:\DIR1" into an ITEMIDLIST.
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You can use the following code (for UNICODE
version you have to exclude MultiByteToWideChar API
call):

IShellFolder* pDesktop;
if (::SHGetDesktopFolder(&pDesktop) == NOERROR)
{
LPITEMIDLIST pIDLParent;
WCHAR szWPath[_MAX_PATH];
ULONG lEaten, lAttr;

if (MultiByteToWideChar(CP_ACP, MB_PRECOMPOSED, "C:\DIR1", -1, szWPath, _MAX_PATH) && 
pDesktop->ParseDisplayName(NULL, NULL, szWPath, &lEaten, &pIDL, &lAttr) == NOERROR)
{
...
BROWSEINFO.pidlRoot = pIDLParent;
...
BrowseForFolder(..);
...
}
pDesktop->Release();

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