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How can I get the Finder to display the Get Info window for a document from an FSSpecPtr to the document? Any suggestions?
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Question by:dwp090598
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roov earned 100 total points
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You need to send the Finder an appleEvent, requesting for it to display the GetInfo box.

Below is the code, which MUST be called after initializing the Mac toolbox...

Enjoy,
Reuven

do {
      OSErr                  err = noErr, err2;
      AEAddressDesc      finderProcessDesc;
      OSType                  finderProcessSignature = 'MACS';
      AppleEvent            finderAEvent, finderAEventReply;
      AEDescList            docList;

      // Get Finder's process desciptor
      err = AECreateDesc(
                  typeApplSignature,
                  (Ptr)&finderProcessSignature,
                  sizeof(finderProcessSignature),
                  &finderProcessDesc);
      if (err != noErr)
            break;
      // Create AppleEvent to Finder
      err = AECreateAppleEvent(
                        kAEFinderEvents,
                        kAEGetInfoSelection,
                        &finderProcessDesc,
                        kAutoGenerateReturnID,
                        kAnyTransactionID,
                        &finderAEvent);
      // Plugin the file spec
      // This is a three step process:
      // 1. Prepare an AEList
      // 2. Plugin the file spec into the list
      // 3. Plugin the list into the AEvent
            // 1. Prepare an AEList
      err = AECreateList(nil,0,false,&docList);
      if (err != noErr) {
            // We could/should perform the test right after AECreateAppleEvent,
            // but since the bailing is the same...
            err2 = AEDisposeDesc(&finderProcessDesc);
            err2 = AEDisposeDesc(&finderAEvent);
            break;
      }
            // 2. Plugin the file spec into the list
      err = AEPutPtr(&docList,1,typeFSS,&fspec,sizeof(fspec));
      if (err != noErr) {
            err2 = AEDisposeDesc(&finderProcessDesc);
            err2 = AEDisposeDesc(&finderAEvent);
            break;
      }
            // 3. Plugin the list into the AEvent
      err = AEPutParamDesc (&finderAEvent,keyDirectObject,&docList);
      if (err != noErr) {
            err2 = AEDisposeDesc(&finderProcessDesc);
            err2 = AEDisposeDesc(&finderAEvent);
            break;
      }

      // Send the event of it's way...
      err = AESend(
                        &finderAEvent,
                        &finderAEventReply,
                        kAENoReply,
                        kAEHighPriority,
                        kAEDefaultTimeout,
                        NULL,
                        NULL);
      // Cleanup...
      err2 = AEDisposeDesc(&finderProcessDesc);
      err2 = AEDisposeDesc(&finderAEvent);
} while (false);

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by:dwp090598
ID: 2709637
Thanks the  kAEGetInfoSelection worked for me.

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