How to get Files/folders Sort order in Windows Explorer window in C#?

Posted on 2010-05-01
Last Modified: 2013-12-17

Is there a way to get the sort order for files and folders in a windows explorer window?

P.S: i can get the Hwnd, but how to get the sort order?

Question by:YazArch
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Interesting requirement, but looks like there is no api of help now.

Directory class members of no help.

Author Comment

ID: 32543873

Interop.Shell32 has ShellFolderViewinterface which has ShellFolderViewClass which contains the SortColumns property, but how to retrieve that object from an Hwnd??

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Ok i figured it out:

//Shell32 is located in Interop.Shell32 assembly
 Shell32.ShellClass shell = new ShellClass();
   //Shellwindows is located in SHDocVw.dll under C:\windows
     ShellWindows shellWindows = (ShellWindows)shell.Windows();
         foreach (ShellBrowserWindow shellWindow in shellWindows)
     s = shellWindow.LocationURL; //this is the path

//This is the object that holds Explorer window information.
     ShellFolderView view = (ShellFolderView)shellWindow.Document;

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