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FileDialog.InitialDirectory Property

Gets or sets the initial directory displayed by the file dialog box.

[Visual Basic]
Public Property InitialDirectory As String
[C#]
public string InitialDirectory {get; set;}
[C++]
public: __property String* get_InitialDirectory();
public: __property void set_InitialDirectory(String*);
[JScript]
public function get InitialDirectory() : String;
public function set InitialDirectory(String);

Property Value

The initial directory displayed by the file dialog box. The default is an empty string ("").

Example

[Visual Basic, C#, C++] The following example uses the OpenFileDialog implementation of FileDialog and illustrates creating, setting of properties, and showing the dialog box. The example uses the InitialDirectory property to set what the initial directory is when the dialog box is displayed to the user. The example assumes a form with a Button placed on it and the System.IO namespace added to it.

[Visual Basic] 
Protected Sub button1_Click(sender As Object, e As System.EventArgs)
    Dim myStream As Stream
    Dim openFileDialog1 As New OpenFileDialog()
       
    openFileDialog1.InitialDirectory = "c:\"
    openFileDialog1.Filter = "txt files (*.txt)|*.txt|All files (*.*)|*.*"
    openFileDialog1.FilterIndex = 2
    openFileDialog1.RestoreDirectory = True
       
    If openFileDialog1.ShowDialog() = DialogResult.OK Then
        myStream = openFileDialog1.OpenFile()
        If Not (myStream Is Nothing) Then
            ' Insert code to read the stream here.
            myStream.Close()
        End If
    End If
End Sub


[C#] 
protected void button1_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
{
    Stream myStream;
    OpenFileDialog openFileDialog1 = new OpenFileDialog();

    openFileDialog1.InitialDirectory = "c:\\" ;
    openFileDialog1.Filter = "txt files (*.txt)|*.txt|All files (*.*)|*.*" ;
    openFileDialog1.FilterIndex = 2 ;
    openFileDialog1.RestoreDirectory = true ;

    if(openFileDialog1.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK)
    {
        if((myStream = openFileDialog1.OpenFile())!= null)
        {
            // Insert code to read the stream here.
            myStream.Close();
        }
    }
}


[C++] 
protected:
 void button1_Click(Object* /*sender*/, System::EventArgs* /*e*/)
 {
     Stream* myStream;
     OpenFileDialog* openFileDialog1 = new OpenFileDialog();
 
     openFileDialog1->InitialDirectory = S"c:\\" ;
     openFileDialog1->Filter = S"txt files (*.txt)|*.txt|All files (*.*)|*.*" ;
     openFileDialog1->FilterIndex = 2 ;
     openFileDialog1->RestoreDirectory = true ;
 
     if(openFileDialog1->ShowDialog() == DialogResult::OK)
     {
         if((myStream = openFileDialog1->OpenFile())!= 0)
         {
             // Insert code to read the stream here.
             myStream->Close();
         }
     }
 }
 

[JScript] No example is available for JScript. To view a Visual Basic, C#, or C++ example, click the Language Filter button Language Filter in the upper-left corner of the page.

Requirements

Platforms: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003 family, .NET Compact Framework

.NET Framework Security: 

See Also

FileDialog Class | FileDialog Members | System.Windows.Forms Namespace | RestoreDirectory

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