Global .NET Framework Objects

I just started playing around with the .NET VC++. I'm trying to make a string, or a pointer to a File object, global throughout a form. Whenever I try to do either, I get an error that says .NET Framework objects cannot be global. What I have is one button asks the user for the filename, and a completly different part of the code writes to that file, so I need a way to pass either the file name or a reference to a File object between the two. The button never calls the other function directly, as the other function is on a timer that runs at regular intervals, so I can't just pass the filename. Thanks.
jasoncoutAsked:
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AlexFMConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I don't see that captureFileName belongs to the class.

namespace D2XX_GUI
{
     using namespace System;
     using namespace System::ComponentModel;
     using namespace System::Collections;
     using namespace System::Windows::Forms;
     using namespace System::Data;
     using namespace System::Drawing;

    __gc  class SomeClass
    {


         static System::String *captureFileName;
     }


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AlexFMCommented:
Keep .NET class instance as class member:

class SomeClass
{
    ...
    String* someString;
};

If you need to make it global (the only instance in the program), use static class member.
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jasoncoutAuthor Commented:
I get the same error when it is in a class. This is the exact error:

Form1.h(26): error C3145: 'captureFileName' : cannot declare a global or static managed type object or a __gc pointer

and the code:


namespace D2XX_GUI
{
      using namespace System;
      using namespace System::ComponentModel;
      using namespace System::Collections;
      using namespace System::Windows::Forms;
      using namespace System::Data;
      using namespace System::Drawing;

      static System::String *captureFileName;
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