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Can I run the find files and folders (like from the start button) from VB? Without using sendkeys please.
If it is an exe. file I can't seem to find it.
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by:Mirkwood
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Would you believe me if I tell you that it is impossible to do it without sendkeys?
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by:jbil
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I believe all things are possible, except maybe "run the find files and folders (like from the start button) from VB" <G>

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by:mark2150
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And the problem with "sendkeys" is what?

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by:mark2150
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Would you prefer a version that does a SHELL to DOS and runs a DIR command?

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bear454 earned 60 total points
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Here's the classID for ShellFind :
{61E218E0-65D3-101B-9F08-061CEAC3D50D}
The in process server is shell32.dll

Saved Searches (.fnd files) use DDE to call Explorer.exe
The DDE message is: [OpenFindFile("%1", %I)]
The Application is: Folders
The Topic is: AppProperties
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by:blwatkins
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I have a Find files control I'm working on.  It works just like the windows find files, but gives you the control of all its functions, and allows you to call it within your program.

If you are interested email me.

Blwatkins@achievesolutions.com

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by:jbil
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Thanks bear454

I also figured out how to use Explorer and a few API calls to do it.

This is the code so far.........


Private Sub cmdFind_Click()
Dim lMyHandle As Long
lMyHandle = FindWindow(vbNullString, "Exploring -  (C:)")
SetActiveWindow lMyHandle
sendstrings lMyHandle
End Sub

Sub sendstrings(ByVal lrecwin As Long)
SetForegroundWindow lrecwin
SetFocusAPI lrecwin
'Sleep 5
Call PostMessage(lrecwin, WM_KEYDOWN, VK_F3, 0&)
End Sub

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