IShellDispatch object

Represents an object in the Shell. Methods are provided to control the Shell and to execute commands within the Shell. There are also methods to obtain other Shell-related objects.

Note  IShellDispatch is implemented and accessed through the Shell object.
 

Members

The IShellDispatch object has these types of members:

Methods

The IShellDispatch object has these methods.

MethodDescription
BrowseForFolder

Creates a dialog box that enables the user to select a folder and then returns the selected folder's Folder object.

CascadeWindows

Cascades all of the windows on the desktop. This method has the same effect as right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Cascade windows.

ControlPanelItem

Runs the specified Control Panel application. If the application is already open, it will activate the running instance.

Note  As of Windows Vista, most Control Panel applications are Shell items and cannot be opened with this function. To open those Control Panel applications, pass the canonical name to control.exe. For example:
control.exe /name Microsoft.Personalization
 
EjectPC

Ejects the computer from its docking station. This is the same as clicking the Start menu and selecting Eject PC, if your computer supports this command.

Explore

Opens a specified folder in a Windows Explorer window.

FileRun

Displays the Run dialog to the user.

FindComputer

Displays the Search Results: Computers dialog box. The dialog box shows the result of the search for a specified computer.

FindFiles

Displays the Find: All Files dialog box. This is the same as clicking the Start menu and then selecting Search.

Help

Displays the Windows Help and Support window. This method has the same effect as clicking the Start menu and selecting Help and Support.

MinimizeAll

Minimizes all of the windows on the desktop. This method has the same effect as right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Minimize All Windows on older systems or clicking the Show Desktop icon on the taskbar.

NameSpace

Creates and returns a Folder object for the specified folder.

Open

Opens the specified folder.

RefreshMenu

Refreshes the contents of the Start menu. Used only with systems preceding Windows XP.

SetTime

Displays the Date and Time dialog box. This method has the same effect as right-clicking the clock in the taskbar status area and selecting Adjust date/time.

ShutdownWindows

Displays the Shut Down Windows dialog box. This is the same as clicking the Start menu and selecting Shut Down.

Suspend
TileHorizontally

Tiles all of the windows on the desktop horizontally. This method has the same effect as right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Show windows stacked.

TileVertically

Tiles all of the windows on the desktop vertically. This method has the same effect as right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Show windows side by side.

TrayProperties

Displays the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box. This method has the same effect as right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Properties.

UndoMinimizeALL

Restores all desktop windows to the state they were in before the last MinimizeAll command. This method has the same effect as right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Undo Minimize All Windows (on older systems) or a second clicking of the Show Desktop icon in the taskbar.

Windows

Creates and returns a ShellWindows object. This object represents a collection of all of the open windows that belong to the Shell.

 

Properties

The IShellDispatch object has these properties.

PropertyAccess typeDescription

Application

Read-only

Contains an object that represents an application.

Parent

Read-only

Retrieves an object that represents the parent of the current object.

 

Requirements

Minimum supported client

Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]

Header

Shldisp.h

IDL

Shldisp.idl

DLL

Shell32.dll (version 4.71 or later)

See also

IDispatch
Shell Object

 

 

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