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DirListBox Control for Visual Basic 6.0 Users 

The Visual Basic 6.0 DirListBox control has been rendered obsolete by the OpenFileDialog and SaveFileDialog components in Visual Basic 2005.

Conceptual Differences

The Visual Basic 6.0 DirListBox control was typically used to display directories and paths in a File Open or Save dialog box.

In Visual Basic 2005, the Windows Forms OpenFileDialog and SaveFileDialog components provide the ability to create standard Windows dialog boxes for working with files, in most cases eliminating the need for the DirListBox control.


We recommend that you use the OpenFileDialog and SaveFileDialog components to provide a consistent and familiar user experience. If you find it necessary to create your own file dialog boxes, Visual Basic 2005 does provide a DirListBox control as part of the Microsoft Visual Basic Compatibility Runtime library. For more information, see How to: Add Visual Basic 6.0 File System Controls to Your Application.

Upgrade Notes

When a Visual Basic 6.0 application is upgraded to Visual Basic 2005, any existing DirListBox controls are upgraded to the VB6.DirListBox control that is provided as a part of the compatibility library (Microsoft.VisualBasic.Compatibility).

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