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In my VC 6.0 app, I display a CFileDialog.  I simply want it to display all files with the following extensions, AT THE SAME TIME: ".txt", and ".xls".  I can get CFileDialog to display just the text files, or just the spreadsheet files, but I can't get it display both types at the same time.

Thanks, ahead of time.
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You must use the following filter:

Text file (*.txt)|*.txt|Excel file (*.xls)|*.xls||
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Zoppo earned 1000 total points
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Hi ClintonJ,

you just can seperate multiple extensions with a ;

I.e. use this filter string:

"Excel Files (*.txt;*.xls)|*.txt;*.xls|All files (*.*)|*.*||";


Hope that helps,

ZOPPO
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When you create it you can set the filter to be multiple types, using | as a separator, something like...

CFileDialog OpenDlg(false,NULL,NULL,0,_T("TXT Files (*.txt)|*.txt|XLS Files (*.xls)|*.xls"),NULL);
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/wh5hz49d(VS.80).aspx

lpszFilter
A series of string pairs that specify filters you can apply to the file. If you specify file filters, only selected files will appear in the Files list box. See the Remarks section for more information on how to work with file filters
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ZOPPO is right; I misunderstud the question.
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OK, we're getting there.  The constructor for CFileDialog looks like this:

CFileDialog( BOOL bOpenFileDialog, LPCTSTR lpszDefExt = NULL, LPCTSTR lpszFileName = NULL, DWORD dwFlags = OFN_HIDEREADONLY | OFN_OVERWRITEPROMPT, LPCTSTR lpszFilter = NULL, CWnd* pParentWnd = NULL );

So, thanks to you, :) my lpszFilter parameter now looks like this:

 lpszFilter = "Data Files (*.txt;*.xls)|*.txt;*.xls|All files (*.*)|*.*||";

When the CFileDialog displays, the "Files of Type" textbox now displays the correct file extensions (.txt AND .xls).  

One small problem though: The only file names  that display are .txt files, even though I also have .xls files in the same folder.  Do I need to also adjust LPCTSTR lpszDefExt to get the excel file names to also display?

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This works properli with VS2003:

      CFileDialog dlg( true, NULL, NULL, OFN_HIDEREADONLY|OFN_OVERWRITEPROMPT,
                                      "Data Files (*.txt;*.xls)|*.txt;*.xls|All files (*.*)|*.*||",
                                      NULL );
      dlg.DoModal();
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Thanks very much.  Perfecto!
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