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VB6 Password on folder.

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Hi,

Can I set a password on a folder that I will use my program to open this folder only after inputing the password?



Thanks,
Angel
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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i think not, at least if you don't use a third party software like Folder Guard.
but that is only half of the solution (setting a pwd for a folder)
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by:2Angel
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Richie, like always - thank you for your quick replay.

If I will create a folder using a dos prompt and I will call this folder ("directory") as a graphic symbol (you know, using the Alt and keying the number, let say, Alt159....) It will not be accessible in MsWindows Explorer (it's good enough for me) - so the question is: can I access this folder using my VB6 program?


Thanks again
Angel
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Richie_Simonetti earned 100 total points
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humm, if it is not visible with windows explorer, why it could be seen with VB functions that uses the same calls?
On the other hand, if you know that "hidden" name, try to put some files on it and do a simple test:


dim sfile as string

sfile=dir$(hiddenfolderpath_and_name & "\*.*",vbarchive)

do while sfile<>""
     debug.print sfile
sfile=dir$()
loop
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by:2Angel
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I don't get it - the name of the foder is _ no mater what I called it - so, who can I key in program the "hiddenfolderpath_and_name"?


tks
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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I don't get it either!
in other words :

dim sfile as string

sfile=dir$("c:\your_graphic_symbol_goes_here" & "\*.*",vbarchive)

do while sfile<>""
     debug.print sfile
sfile=dir$()
loop
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by:2Angel
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Dear Richie, my meaning was that I can't enter a graphic symbol to my VB editor.....
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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well, what is the symbol?, i tried with your suggestion (alt159) and it works.
Anyway,
could you try with:


sfile=dir$("c:\" & Chr$(159)  & "\*.*",vbarchive)
?
or i misunderstood again?

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by:2Angel
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ooooopppppppssssssssss
so stopid of me..................

I'm sorry and tks alot!!!!


Angel

p.s. - can I set a password chck-up before this action (before accessing this folder show a window to enter the password, if its o.k. then access...., if not then msgbox.......)?

tks
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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Why not?
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by:2Angel
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o.k. - I will ask a new question.....



Richie,
Thank you for lighting my eyes :-)
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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Glad to help. Hope i didn't blind them with so many light
;)

PS: it would nice to know which kind of program are you trying to do.
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by:2Angel
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it's a simpel program to save my files on a shered computer and to retrive them automaticly.....
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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So creating aform to enter password should be simple to achieve.
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by:2Angel
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I am just an amateur..........
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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Ah, that's another matter, so, do you need help with that form?
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by:2Angel
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I'll be glad.............  :-)
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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Well, first we need to know how would you allow user to see the files, where would you display them as user can pick up them?
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by:2Angel
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I thought to create a button for "Hide" and a button for "Show".
The button "Hide" will move all file from DocFile to Doc&chr$(159) and the button "Show" will move the back after inserting a correct password that I will but in advance.
There only one user (I am... )


Thank you for your help.

Angel

p.s. - my solution above, about creating the a folder with Alt159 working good on Windows95/me but in Windows XP this folder is accessible - do you have any solution for that?
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by:Richie_Simonetti
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it is accesible in W2K too.
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int's not good........
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by:2Angel
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it's not good......
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by:2Angel
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can I simple hide the folder? (I don't need some thing "stong")
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You can hide the folder but if you set window explorer to show hidden folder/files it could be visible.
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