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Is there a setting that I'm missing?  When I try to open a file via the browse common dialog object the window just closes unless I right click on the file>Open.  Is there  setting that I am missing?
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by:Bob Learned
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I don't understand what you are working with, and your topics include both VB6 (VB classic), and VB.NET.
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Shiju Sasidharan earned 500 total points
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When you open file using Common Dialog Window, it will close after you select the file.
You need to capture the selected file name using a local variable or some other way.

See this url for more reference
http://www.tutorialspoint.com/vb.net/vb.net_openfile_dialog.htm
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by:Bob Schneider
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I apologize for re-visiting this but I have no idea how to actually open the file selected without right clicking and use the "Open" item.  For instance, I want to open a word document from the open file dialog.
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by:Shiju Sasidharan
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Not sure, this is what exactly you are looking for.
You could set Filter property to filter Doc files alone. After that you dont need to right click just select the doc file and hit open button

// Set filter options and filter index.
 OpenFileDialog1.Filter = "Doc Files (*.Doc)|*.doc|All Files (*.*)|*.*"
 OpenFileDialog1.FilterIndex = 1
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by:Bob Schneider
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I believe I have that set up but when I click on a file to open the dialog window closes and does not open the file.
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by:Shiju Sasidharan
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Okay. Do you want to open the file in MS Word when you open from Open dialog box?
I assume you have written a .Net application and launching Common Dialog window from there.
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by:Bob Schneider
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I am using vb6, not .NET.  It could be a word file or a txt file.  Are you saying the file has to be "rebuilt" to open it?
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by:Shiju Sasidharan
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Got it.

Add this API call as the first line in your form or module. if using "Option Explicit" paste this code right after that.

Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal lpOperation As String, ByVal lpFile As String, ByVal lpParameters As String, ByVal lpDirectory As String, ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long
Private Const SW_SHOWNORMAL = 1




Now use the following code where you call the Open Dialog Window.


CommonDialog.Filter = "Doc Files(*.doc)|*.doc|All files (*.*)|*.*"
CommonDialog.DefaultExt = "doc"
CommonDialog.DialogTitle = "Select File"
CommonDialog.ShowOpen
Dim strFileName As String

strFileName  = CommonDialog.FileName

ShellExecute hWnd, "open",  strFileName  ,  vbNullString, vbNullString, SW_SHOWNORMAL


Reference http://www.vb-helper.com/howto_shellexecute.html
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