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API: BrowseFolder Dialog

Author(s)
Terry Kreft

(Q) Ok, I know how to use the GetOpenFileName api, but I want to just retrieve the Directory name. How do I call the Browse for Folder window from code?

(A) Paste the following code in a new module. Save the module with any name. Use the following example as an illustration on how to call the function.

Dim strFolderName as string

strFolderName = BrowseFolder("What Folder you want to select?")

Stephen Lebans has added functionality to open the browse folder at a specific place.

'************** Code Start **************
'This code was originally written by Terry Kreft.
'It is not to be altered or distributed,
'except as part of an application.
'You are free to use it in any application,
'provided the copyright notice is left unchanged.
'
'Code courtesy of
'Terry Kreft

Private Type BROWSEINFO
  hOwner As Long
  pidlRoot As Long
  pszDisplayName As String
  lpszTitle As String
  ulFlags As Long
  lpfn As Long
  lParam As Long
  iImage As Long
End Type

Private Declare Function SHGetPathFromIDList Lib "shell32.dll" Alias _
            "SHGetPathFromIDListA" (ByVal pidl As Long, _
            ByVal pszPath As String) As Long
            
Private Declare Function SHBrowseForFolder Lib "shell32.dll" Alias _
            "SHBrowseForFolderA" (lpBrowseInfo As BROWSEINFO) _
            As Long
            
Private Const BIF_RETURNONLYFSDIRS = &H1
Public Function BrowseFolder(szDialogTitle As String) As String
  Dim X As Long, bi As BROWSEINFO, dwIList As Long
  Dim szPath As String, wPos As Integer
  
    With bi
        .hOwner = hWndAccessApp
        .lpszTitle = szDialogTitle
        .ulFlags = BIF_RETURNONLYFSDIRS
    End With
    
    dwIList = SHBrowseForFolder(bi)
    szPath = Space$(512)
    X = SHGetPathFromIDList(ByVal dwIList, ByVal szPath)
    
    If X Then
        wPos = InStr(szPath, Chr(0))
        BrowseFolder = Left$(szPath, wPos - 1)
    Else
        BrowseFolder = vbNullString
    End If
End Function
'*********** Code End *****************

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