How to make commondialog lock in only 1 directory

Can I restrict a commondialog box to ONLY show the contents of a certain directory even if a user
tries to change to another one?
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RemConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Maybe something can be done through an intercept of :
The CDN_SELCHANGE notification message is sent by an Explorer-style Open or Save As dialog box when the selection changes in the list box that displays the contents of the currently opened folder or directory.

If that value can be compared to :
Which is the pointer to a null terminated string that can specify the initial directory. The algorithm for selecting the initial directory varies on different platforms.
Windows 2000:

If lpstrFile contains a path, that path is the initial directory.
Otherwise, lpstrInitialDir specifies the initial directory.
Otherwise, if the application has used an Open or Save As dialog box in the past, the path most recently used is selected as the initial directory. However, if an application is not run for a long time, its saved selected path is discarded.
If lpstrInitialDir is NULL and the current directory contains any files of the specified filter types, the initial directory is the current directory.
Otherwise, the initial directory is the personal files directory of the current user.
Otherwise, the initial directory is the Desktop folder.

Windows 98:

lpstrInitialDir specifies the initial directory.
If lpstrInitialDir is NULL and lpstrFile contains a path, that path is the initial directory.
Otherwise, if the current directory contains any files of the specified filter types, the initial directory is the current directory.
Otherwise, the initial directory is the personal files directory of the current user.

So, if there is no match, you could trap the error and force the user back to the initial directory.

I haven't tried something like that myself, but it might work.

Richie_SimonettiIT OperationsCommented:
i think you can't but you could check what file has choosed and act accordingly, open the file or not.
If you are only going to list the files from one directory why not read them with the Dir command and just put them in a list box?
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I think that all you have to do is set a flag:

CommonDialog1.Flags = cdlOFNNoChangeDir

From MS Help:
"cdlOFNNoChangeDir (&H8) Forces the dialog box to set the current directory to what it was when the dialog box was opened. "
I don't think a common dialog can be restricted that way.

What you probably need to do is use a FileListBox. Then the user has no oppurtunity to change the Directory. If you still want the dialog style form to come up, you will have to code your own form.
As agreed with many others, even i don't think you can do that directly. You have still two solutions. one is use FileListBox and DirListBox to restrict the directory and second deals with Win32APIs. Capture the messages sent by the commondialog and modify the exact message sent by it when the directory is changed by your own message which sets it back to the one you desire.
Ryan ChongCommented:
If the user can only browse for files in a single directory, why use Common Dialog box?! You can simple put the files in a directory and select from it.

I agree with you on that one, but that was not the initial question.


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