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Browse for Folder

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hi,
i am making a program that needs to browse for folders, and i don't know how to do it, i think many of you can.
please somebody help me.

regards
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Question by:samir_tartir
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by:rspahitz
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Did you try the standard DirListBox in the toolbox (looks like a yellow folder)?
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by:samir_tartir
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i almost accepted the answer, but, the program you pointed to me is far to complex (at least for me), what i need to do is this:
press a button (which will display the folder list (which is the same one that is displayed in your program)) and then store the path the user selects.

tell me how, and the points are yours :)

thanks very much
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by:rspahitz
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Add a DirListBox to the form along with this code:

Private Sub Dir1_Change()
  msgbox Dir1.List(Dir1.ListIndex)
End Sub

No button necessary; replace msgbox with wherever you want the path stored.

Note that this only works on the current drive.  If you want to allow the user to change drive, add a DriveListBox also.  Also note that this only supports mapped drives, not network drives.
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by:Éric Moreau
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Place these controls on a form:
1 listbox
1 commandbutton
1 drivelistbox
1 dirlistbox

Copy this code:
Private Sub Command1_Click()
    List1.AddItem Dir1.Path
End Sub


Now run.
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by:harnal
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Do you need to search for a specific folder or list a group of folders so you can select one?  This sounds very simple, I just need a little more info from you about what you are trying to do.
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by:samir_tartir
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again this is my situation (simplified):
1. i have a form with a button (browse), and a text item (selected path).
2. if i press browse, i need the "browse for folder" to be displayed, so, i can go to the folder i need.
3. when i press ok to the folders window, i need to retrieve the path into the selected path field.
4. note: the browse for folder window can be found when you browse for a certain folder when you are using the windows search.

i hope i was clear this time!
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by:harnal
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O.k. go to the project menu, and select components, then select the Microsoft common dialog control, this will provide the functionality you are looking for.
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by:samir_tartir
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'this is a simplified form of the code emoreau proposed:
Private Sub Command1_Click()
  Dim BI As BROWSEINFO
  Dim pIdl As Long
  Dim sPath As String
  Dim IDL As ITEMIDLIST
  With BI
    .hOwner = Me.hWnd
    If SHGetSpecialFolderLocation(ByVal Me.hWnd, ByVal 0, IDL) = NOERROR Then
      .pidlRoot = IDL.mkid.cb
    End If
    .pszDisplayName = String$(260, 0)
    .lpszTitle = "Browsing is limited to: Default Browse"
    .ulFlags = 1
  End With
  pIdl = SHBrowseForFolder(BI)

  ' If the dialog was cancelled...
  If pIdl = 0 Then Exit Sub
 
  sPath = String$(MAX_PATH, 0)
  SHGetPathFromIDList ByVal pIdl, ByVal sPath
 
  CoTaskMemFree pIdl
 
  MsgBox "This is your path: " + Left(sPath, InStr(sPath, vbNullChar) - 1)
End Sub


of course you need to take the needed subprograms from the attached modules.

emoreau, thanks a lot, it helped.
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by:harnal
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Sorry i hit the wrong button, Please Reject this proposed answer so it will reopen the question.
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by:samir_tartir
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'this is a simplified form of the code emoreau proposed:
Private Sub Command1_Click()
  Dim BI As BROWSEINFO
  Dim pIdl As Long
  Dim sPath As String
  Dim IDL As ITEMIDLIST
  With BI
    .hOwner = Me.hWnd
    If SHGetSpecialFolderLocation(ByVal Me.hWnd, ByVal 0, IDL) = NOERROR Then
      .pidlRoot = IDL.mkid.cb
    End If
    .pszDisplayName = String$(260, 0)
    .lpszTitle = "Browsing is limited to: Default Browse"
    .ulFlags = 1
  End With
  pIdl = SHBrowseForFolder(BI)

  ' If the dialog was cancelled...
  If pIdl = 0 Then Exit Sub
 
  sPath = String$(MAX_PATH, 0)
  SHGetPathFromIDList ByVal pIdl, ByVal sPath
 
  CoTaskMemFree pIdl
 
  MsgBox "This is your path: " + Left(sPath, InStr(sPath, vbNullChar) - 1)
End Sub


of course you need to take the needed subprograms from the attached modules.

emoreau, thanks a lot, it helped.
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