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Environment.GetFolderPath Method

April 12, 2014

Gets the path to the system special folder identified by the specified enumeration.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public static string GetFolderPath(
	Environment..::..SpecialFolder folder
)

Parameters

folder
Type: System.Environment.SpecialFolder
An enumerated constant that identifies a system special folder.

Return Value

Type: System.String
The path to the specified system special folder, if that folder physically exists on your computer; otherwise, the empty string ("").
A folder will not physically exist if the operating system did not create it, the existing folder was deleted, or the folder is a virtual directory, such as My Computer, which does not correspond to a physical path.
ExceptionCondition
ArgumentException

folder is not a member of System.Environment.SpecialFolder.

PlatformNotSupportedException

The current platform is not supported.

This method retrieves the path to a system special folder, such as Program Files, Programs, System, or Startup, which can be used to access common information. Special folders are set by default by the system, or explicitly by the user, when installing a version of Windows.

The folder parameter designates the special folder to retrieve and must be one of the values in the Environment.SpecialFolder enumeration; any other value throws an exception.

For more information about special folders, see the CSIDL values topic.

Version Notes

Windows Phone

 This member has a SecurityCriticalAttribute attribute on Windows Phone. This attribute restricts this member to internal use. Application code that uses this member throws a MethodAccessException.

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

Windows Phone

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