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FolderBrowserDialog::SelectedPath Property

Gets or sets the path selected by the user.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

property String^ SelectedPath {
	String^ get ();
	void set (String^ value);

Property Value

Type: System::String
The path of the folder first selected in the dialog box or the last folder selected by the user. The default is an empty string ("").

If the SelectedPath property is set before showing the dialog box, the folder with this path will be the selected folder, as long as SelectedPath is set to an absolute path that is a subfolder of RootFolder (or more accurately, points to a subfolder of the shell namespace represented by RootFolder).

If the ShowDialog returns OK, meaning the user clicked the OK button, the SelectedPath property will return a string containing the path to the selected folder. If ShowDialog returns Cancel, meaning the user canceled out of the dialog box, this property will have the same value that it had prior to displaying the dialog box. If the user selects a folder that does not have a physical path (for example, My Computer), the OK button on the dialog box will be disabled.

The following code example creates an application that enables the user to open rich text (.rtf) files within the RichTextBox control.

// The following example displays an application that provides the ability to 
// open rich text files (rtf) into the RichTextBox. The example demonstrates 
// using the FolderBrowserDialog to set the default directory for opening files. 
// The OpenFileDialog is used to open the file.
#using <System.dll>
#using <System.Windows.Forms.dll>
#using <System.Drawing.dll>

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Drawing;
using namespace System::Windows::Forms;
using namespace System::IO;
public ref class FolderBrowserDialogExampleForm: public System::Windows::Forms::Form
   FolderBrowserDialog^ folderBrowserDialog1;
   OpenFileDialog^ openFileDialog1;
   RichTextBox^ richTextBox1;
   MainMenu^ mainMenu1;
   MenuItem^ fileMenuItem;
   MenuItem^ openMenuItem;
   MenuItem^ folderMenuItem;
   MenuItem^ closeMenuItem;
   String^ openFileName;
   String^ folderName;
   bool fileOpened;


   // Constructor.
      fileOpened = false;
      this->mainMenu1 = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::MainMenu;
      this->fileMenuItem = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::MenuItem;
      this->openMenuItem = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::MenuItem;
      this->folderMenuItem = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::MenuItem;
      this->closeMenuItem = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::MenuItem;
      this->openFileDialog1 = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::OpenFileDialog;
      this->folderBrowserDialog1 = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::FolderBrowserDialog;
      this->richTextBox1 = gcnew System::Windows::Forms::RichTextBox;
      this->mainMenu1->MenuItems->Add( this->fileMenuItem );
      array<System::Windows::Forms::MenuItem^>^temp0 = {this->openMenuItem,this->closeMenuItem,this->folderMenuItem};
      this->fileMenuItem->MenuItems->AddRange( temp0 );
      this->fileMenuItem->Text = "File";
      this->openMenuItem->Text = "Open...";
      this->openMenuItem->Click += gcnew System::EventHandler( this, &FolderBrowserDialogExampleForm::openMenuItem_Click );
      this->folderMenuItem->Text = "Select Directory...";
      this->folderMenuItem->Click += gcnew System::EventHandler( this, &FolderBrowserDialogExampleForm::folderMenuItem_Click );
      this->closeMenuItem->Text = "Close";
      this->closeMenuItem->Click += gcnew System::EventHandler( this, &FolderBrowserDialogExampleForm::closeMenuItem_Click );
      this->closeMenuItem->Enabled = false;
      this->openFileDialog1->DefaultExt = "rtf";
      this->openFileDialog1->Filter = "rtf files (*.rtf)|*.rtf";

      // Set the help text description for the FolderBrowserDialog. 
      this->folderBrowserDialog1->Description = "Select the directory that you want to use as the default.";

      // Do not allow the user to create new files via the FolderBrowserDialog. 
      this->folderBrowserDialog1->ShowNewFolderButton = false;

      // Default to the My Documents folder. 
      this->folderBrowserDialog1->RootFolder = Environment::SpecialFolder::Personal;
      this->richTextBox1->AcceptsTab = true;
      this->richTextBox1->Location = System::Drawing::Point( 8, 8 );
      this->richTextBox1->Size = System::Drawing::Size( 280, 344 );
      this->richTextBox1->Anchor = static_cast<AnchorStyles>(AnchorStyles::Top | AnchorStyles::Left | AnchorStyles::Bottom | AnchorStyles::Right);
      this->ClientSize = System::Drawing::Size( 296, 360 );
      this->Controls->Add( this->richTextBox1 );
      this->Menu = this->mainMenu1;
      this->Text = "RTF Document Browser";


   // Bring up a dialog to open a file. 
   void openMenuItem_Click( Object^ /*sender*/, System::EventArgs^ /*e*/ )

      // If a file is not opened then set the initial directory to the 
      // FolderBrowserDialog::SelectedPath value. 
      if (  !fileOpened )
         openFileDialog1->InitialDirectory = folderBrowserDialog1->SelectedPath;
         openFileDialog1->FileName = nullptr;

      // Display the openFile Dialog.
      System::Windows::Forms::DialogResult result = openFileDialog1->ShowDialog();

      // OK button was pressed. 
      if ( result == ::DialogResult::OK )
         openFileName = openFileDialog1->FileName;

            // Output the requested file in richTextBox1.
            Stream^ s = openFileDialog1->OpenFile();
            richTextBox1->LoadFile( s, RichTextBoxStreamType::RichText );
            fileOpened = true;
         catch ( Exception^ exp ) 
            MessageBox::Show( String::Concat( "An error occurred while attempting to load the file. The error is: ", System::Environment::NewLine, exp, System::Environment::NewLine ) );
            fileOpened = false;

         closeMenuItem->Enabled = fileOpened;
      // Cancel button was pressed. 

      // Cancel button was pressed. 
      if ( result == ::DialogResult::Cancel )

   // Close the current file. 
   void closeMenuItem_Click( Object^ /*sender*/, System::EventArgs^ /*e*/ )
      richTextBox1->Text = "";
      fileOpened = false;
      closeMenuItem->Enabled = false;

   // Bring up a dialog to chose a folder path in which to open/save a file. 
   void folderMenuItem_Click( Object^ /*sender*/, System::EventArgs^ /*e*/ )

      // Show the FolderBrowserDialog.
      System::Windows::Forms::DialogResult result = folderBrowserDialog1->ShowDialog();
      if ( result == ::DialogResult::OK )
         folderName = folderBrowserDialog1->SelectedPath;
         if (  !fileOpened )

            // No file is opened, bring up openFileDialog in selected path.
            openFileDialog1->InitialDirectory = folderName;
            openFileDialog1->FileName = nullptr;


// The main entry point for the application. 
int main()
   Application::Run( gcnew FolderBrowserDialogExampleForm );

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.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1