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I’ve been trying to apply in managed VC++.NET the file filter which I use in VB.NET and which works fine there, supposing that in Visual Studio .NET those filters should not be language specific. Thus, in the Properties of the openFileDialog of a VC++.NET form, in the section Filter, I type in:

Document Files(*.txt)|*.txt

But it doesn’t seem to filter out the .txt files when I open the dialog.

Aslo, I’d like to have the extension .txt automatically attached to the file name when I type it in the saveFileDialog. How is all this done in managed Visual C++ .NET?
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This will show only text files and add a .txt extension if you type in a new file name without an extension.  The SaveFileDialog is identical.

    System::Windows::Forms::OpenFileDialog *ofd = new System::Windows::Forms::OpenFileDialog();
    // Set up default extension
    ofd->AddExtension = true;
    ofd->DefaultExt = S"txt";
    ofd->CheckFileExists = false;

    // Set up filter
    ofd->Filter = S"Document Files (*.txt)|*.txt";

    if ( ofd->ShowDialog() == System::Windows::Forms::DialogResult::OK )
    {
        System::Console::WriteLine(ofd->FileName);
    }
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by:judico
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Thank you so much for the prompt answer. I had to comment out the following, however:

if ( ofd->ShowDialog() == System::Windows::Forms::DialogResult::OK )
    {
        System::Console::WriteLine(ofd->FileName);
    }

Is there any specific reason why it should be there?  Also, I 'm still puzzled why wouldn't filtering work in managed VC++ .NET when set through the Properties of the form? I'm just curious and it has no bearing on your excellent answer. I wonder if I should ignore these Properties that accompany the forms and should learn to do everything through code?


P.S. I increased your points to 250. Please let me know if you have problems in receiving the increased points.
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by:drichards
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The 'if' statement is to test whether the dialog was cancelled or not - the test is true if the dialog was not cancelled.  The line inside the block was just a test line to print out the selected file name.

As for setting properties, I (almost) always code by hand, so I don't know why setting properties of the dialog would not work.  If I get some time I'll try it and see if it works.
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by:judico
ID: 11867647
OK, thanks again ...
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Since I don't see the ponts for answering this question increased I asked for increase in the Community Support:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/Q_21103692.html
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by:judico
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Just, out of curiosity, how can one have other file types listed in the drop-down menu of the openFileDialog?
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by:drichards
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The filter is a concatenation of string pairs where each string is separated by '|'.  So to get multiple filter selections, just keep adding:

    ofd->Filter = S"Document Files (*.txt)|*.txt|Word Files (*.doc)|*.doc";

will give you two selections - "Document Files (*.txt)" and "Word Files (*.doc)".  You could keep going and tack on "|Excel Files (*.xls)|*.xls", etc.  You can also do multiple extensions at once by using ';' as a separator in the extension part of the pair:

    ofd->Filter = S"Document Files (*.txt)|*.txt|Word Files (*.doc,*.zip)|*.doc;*zip";
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Thanks a lot. I would appreciate it if you could take a look at:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21102023.html

Thanks in advance.
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by:judico
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Netminder,

Thank you ... I just increased the number of points ... Please let me know if there are other problems.

judico
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