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Setting acceptable file drops to an application

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I want to set my application to accept only files having a particular extension by drag and drop. I have to use CWnd's 'DragAcceptFiles'in the InitInstance. Prior to calling this function, I have to set this filter that my application would reject files of any other extension, except the one I specified. I want this functionality to be in the application class, and not to be handled by various views. how to go about doing this?
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By calling DragAcceptFiles(), you are telling Windows that the window is a drop target. It does not tell Windows which files are acceptable and which aren't. In fact, there isn't an easy way to do this. If the UI feedback isn't important, you can skip over the files you don't want.
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How can I 'skip'over the files I don't want?
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When you are processing the WM_DROPFILES message, it is up to you to go through all the files by using DragQueryFile and DragFinish(). The DragQueryFile returns the filename. If the filename is not what you want, then don't do anything with it.
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One last doubt... can the application class handle the WM-DROPFILES command, or do I have to write an independent function like it? (I want to handle this in the app class, rather than the view classes)
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I don't think the application class can handle it. Although you can simulate that by having the view class call a member function in the application.
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Thank you for the convincing answer. I'll do that.
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