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Environment.GetFolderPath Method (Environment.SpecialFolder, Environment.SpecialFolderOption)

Gets the path to the system special folder that is identified by the specified enumeration, and uses a specified option for accessing special folders.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static string GetFolderPath(
	Environment..::..SpecialFolder folder,
	Environment..::..SpecialFolderOption option


Type: System.Environment.SpecialFolder
An enumerated constant that identifies a system special folder.
Type: System.Environment.SpecialFolderOption
Specifies options to use for accessing a special folder.

Return Value

Type: System.String
The path to the specified system special folder, if that folder physically exists on your computer; otherwise, an 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.

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.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.