Resources: New Shell Interfaces

An extensive set of COM interfaces have been added to the Shell in Windows Vista® and greatly extend its built-in capabilities. These interfaces offer such features as: updated versions of existing interfaces (for instance IDeskBand2), new interfaces that expose functionalities that exist in previous versions of Windows but were not exposed by the shell (such as common file dialogs), and interfaces for new Vista UI components or operating system functionality (such as Known Folders, Dynamic Autoplay, and property and preview handlers).

The following is a list of the new interfaces added to the Shell in Windows Vista.

Interface

Description

ICreateObject

IEnumObjects

IObjectProvider

IRelatedItem

IShellItem2

IEnumShellItems

IShellItemArray

IShellItemFilter

IShellItemResources

IEnumFullIDList

IEnumResources

IVisualProperties

ISyncDatabase

ISyncDatabaseGenerateActionsCB

ITransferSource

ITransferAdviseSink

ITransferDestination

Provide methods to work generically with Shell objects, items, and associated actions.

IColumnManager

IFolderView2

IFolderViewSettings

IShellView3

IOrderView

INavigationPaneDataSource

IEnumerableView

ISearchFolderItemFactory

IResultsFolder

Provide methods that work with Shell views and special Shell folders.

INameSpaceTreeControl

INameSpaceTreeAccessible

INameSpaceTreeControlCustomDraw

INameSpaceTreeControlDropHandler

INameSpaceTreeControlEvents

INamespaceWalkCB2

Provide methods to work with items in a namespace, display the items in tree, and respond to user actions on these displayed items.

IApplicationAssociationRegistration

IApplicationAssociationRegistrationUI

IAssocHandlerInvoker

IEnumAssocHandlers

Provide methods to work with application file extensions and associated application handlers.

IFileIsInUse

IFileOperation

IFileOperationProgressSink

IInitializeNetworkFolder

ISyncReconciliationAction

ISyncReconciliationList

Provide methods for working directly with files and folders.

IKnownFolder

IKnownFolderManager

Provide methods to work with Known Folders.

IPropertyDescription

IPropertyDescriptionList

IPropertyEnumType

IPropertyEnumTypeList

IObjectWithPropertyKey

IPropertyChange

IPropertyChangeArray

IPropertySystem

Provide methods to work with properties (metadata organized as name/value pairs).

IPropertyStore

IPropertyStoreCapabilities

IDelayedPropertyStoreFactory

IDestinationStreamFactory

IPropertyStoreFactory

IPropertyStoreCache

INamedPropertyStore

IInitializeWithFile

IInitializeWithItem

IInitializeWithStream

IPersistSerializedPropStorage

Provide methods to work with property stores and property handlers.

IPreviewHandler

IPreviewHandlerFrame

IPreviewHandlerVisuals

IPreviewHostSurrogateClient

IPreviewHostSurrogateSink

Provide methods to work with rich previews.

IThumbnailCache

IThumbnailCacheSetupHelper

IThumbnailCapture

IThumbnailProvider

Provide methods to obtain and work with document thumbnails.

IBandHost

IDeskBand2

IDeskBandInfo

ITrayDeskBand

Provide methods to work with band UI components.

IDefaultExtractIconInit

ITranscodeImage

ISharedBitmap

IImageList2

Provide methods to work with graphical UI objects, such as icons and bitmaps.

IUserNotification2

IUserNotificationCallback

Provides methods that display ToolTip information to the user in a balloon that appears in the status area of the taskbar and notifications when a user clicks on a balloon.

ICommDlgBrowser3

IDialog

IFileDialog

IFileDialogControlEvents

IFileDialogCustomize

IFileDialogEvents

IFileOpenDialog

IFileSaveDialog

IOperationsProgressDialog

Provide methods for working with modal and modeless dialogs, common file dialogs, and progress dialogs.

IExplorerBrowser

IExplorerBrowserEvents

IExplorerCommand

IExplorerCommandProvider

Provide methods to work with the Windows Explorer browser object.

IDynamicHWHandler

ISharingConfigurationManager IEnumShareInfo

IOpenControlPanel

IPublishedApp2

IPublishingWizard2

Provide methods to work with the computing environment, including installed hardware, shared resources, Control Panel applets, and installed applications.

ISyncMgrControl

ISyncMgrRegister

ISyncMgrEnumItems

ISyncMgrSessionCreator

ISyncMgrSyncCallback

ISyncMgrSyncResult

ISyncMgrUIOperation

ISyncMgrSynchronize

ISyncMgrSynchronizeCallback

ISyncMgrSynchronizeInvoke

IEnumSyncRelationship

ISyncMgrSyncItem

IEnumSyncMgrSyncItems

ISyncMgrSyncItemInfo

ISyncMgrSyncItemContainer

ISyncMgrEvent

IEnumSyncMgrEvents

ISyncMgrEventStore

ISyncMgrEventLinkUIOperation

ISyncMgrScheduleWizardUIOperation

ISyncMgrConflict

IEnumSyncMgrConflict

ISyncMgrConflictFolder

ISyncMgrConflictItems

ISyncMgrConflictPresenter

ISyncMgrConflictResolutionItems

ISyncMgrConflictStore

ISyncMgrHandler

ISyncMgrHandlerCollection

ISyncMgrHandlerInfo

ISyncMgrResolutionHandler

Provide methods to work with the Synchronization Manager UI, to initiate synchronization operations and respond to synchronization events, to resolve conflicts, and create and use synchronization and conflict handlers.

IEnumExplorerCommand

IInputObject2

IQueryContinueWithStatus

Provide methods to support commands and operations within the Windows Vista Shell, including the command bar, accelerators, drag and drop, and operation status.

IURL

Provides methods for retrieving information about a URL.

ICredentialProvider

ICredentialProviderCredential

IConnectableCredentialProviderCredential

ICredentialProviderCredentialEvents

ICredentialProviderFilter

Provide methods used to work with credential providers and specific user credentials.

For a detailed listing of the Microsoft Shell interfaces, see "Shell Interfaces" in the MSDN Library.

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