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File Open Dialog


VBScript Code:
WScript.Echo "Selected file: " & GetFileName( "C:\", "" )
WScript.Echo "Selected file: " & GetFileName( "", "Text files|*.txt" )
WScript.Echo "Selected file: " & GetFileName( "", "MS Office documents|*.doc;*.xls;*.pps" )
WScript.Echo "Selected file: " & GetFileName( "C:\WINDOWS", "Bitmaps|*.bmp" )

Function GetFileName( myDir, myFilter )
' This function opens a File Open Dialog and returns the
' fully qualified path of the selected file as a string.
' Arguments:
' myDir is the initial directory; if no directory is
' specified "My Documents" is used;
' NOTE: this default requires the WScript.Shell
' object, and works only in WSH, not in HTAs!
' myFilter is the file type filter; format "File type description|*.ext"
' ALL arguments MUST get A value (use "" for defaults), OR otherwise you must
' use "On Error Resume Next" to prevent error messages.
' Dependencies:
' Requires NUSRMGRLib (nusrmgr.cpl), available in Windows XP and later.
' To use the default "My Documents" WScript.Shell is used, which isn't
' available in HTAs.
' Written by Rob van der Woude

    ' Standard housekeeping
    Dim objDialog

    ' Create a dialog object
    Set objDialog = CreateObject( "UserAccounts.CommonDialog" )

    ' Check arguments and use defaults when necessary
    If myDir = "" Then
        ' Default initial folder is "My Documents"
        objDialog.InitialDir = CreateObject( "WScript.Shell" ).SpecialFolders( "MyDocuments" )
        ' Use the specified initial folder
        objDialog.InitialDir = myDir
    End If
    If myFilter = "" Then
        ' Default file filter is "All files"
        objDialog.Filter = "All files|*.*"
        ' Use the specified file filter
        objDialog.Filter = myFilter
    End If

    ' Open the dialog and return the selected file name
    If objDialog.ShowOpen Then
        GetFileName = objDialog.FileName
        GetFileName = ""
    End If
End Function
Windows version: Windows XP
Network: N/A
Client software: N/A
Script Engine: any (WSH if using default for directory)
Additional options: objDialog.Filter = "MS Office files|*.doc;*.xls;*.pps|Text files|*.txt|All files|*.*"
objDialog.FilterIndex = 1 'MS Office files
objDialog.FilterIndex = 2 'Text files
objDialog.FilterIndex = 3 'All files

objDialog.Flags = 1 'Check "Open file as read-only" checkbox in dialog
objDialog.Flags = 0 'Restore default read-write mode
Summarized: Works in Windows XP only.
If used in HTAs, the initial directory must be specified.
Doesn't work in any other Windows version.
File Open dialog (UserAccounts.CommonDialog)
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VBScript Code:
Set objDialog = CreateObject( "SAFRCFileDlg.FileOpen" )

' Note: The dialog will be opened without any file name or
'       type filter, and in the "current" directory, e.g. as
'       remembered from the last "SAFRCFileDlg.FileOpen" or
'       "SAFRCFileDlg.FileSave" dialog!
If objDialog.OpenFileOpenDlg Then
    WScript.Echo "objDialog.FileName = " & objDialog.FileName
End If
Windows version: Windows XP, Server 2003
Network: N/A
Client software: N/A
Script Engine: any
Summarized: Works in all Windows XP versions and in Server 2003.
Doesn't work in Windows 95, 98, ME, NT 4, 2000 or 7, not sure about Vista.
File Open dialog (UserAccounts.CommonDialog)
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VBScript Code:
Option Explicit

WScript.Echo "Selected file: " & ChooseFile( )

Function ChooseFile( )
' Select File dialog based on a script by Mayayana
' Known issues:
' * Tree view always opens Desktop folder
' * In Win7/IE8 only the file NAME is returned correctly, the path returned will always be C:\fakepath\
' * If a shortcut to a file is selected, the name of that FILE will be returned, not the shortcut's
    On Error Resume Next
    Dim objIE, strSelected
    ChooseFile = ""
    Set objIE = CreateObject( "InternetExplorer.Application" )
    objIE.visible = False
    objIE.Navigate( "about:blank" )
    Do Until objIE.ReadyState = 4
    objIE.Document.Write "<HTML><BODY><INPUT ID=""FileSelect"" NAME=""FileSelect"" TYPE=""file""><BODY></HTML>"
    With objIE.Document.all.FileSelect
        strSelected = .value
    End With
    Set objIE = Nothing
    ChooseFile = strSelected
End Function
Windows version: any
Network: N/A
Client software: Internet Explorer
Script Engine: any
Summarized: Works in all Windows versions.
File Open dialog (InternetExplorer.Application)
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WScript.Shell.Exec MSHTA
VBScript Code:
Option Explicit

Dim strFile

strFile = SelectFile( )

If strFile = "" Then
    WScript.Echo "No file selected."
    WScript.Echo """" & strFile & """"
End If

Function SelectFile( )
    ' File Browser via HTA
    ' Author:   Rudi Degrande, modifications by Denis St-Pierre and Rob van der Woude
    ' Features: Works in Windows Vista and up (Should also work in XP).
    '           Fairly fast.
    '           All native code/controls (No 3rd party DLL/ XP DLL).
    ' Caveats:  Cannot define default starting folder.
    '           Uses last folder used with MSHTA.EXE stored in Binary in [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32].
    '           Dialog title says "Choose file to upload".
    ' Source:

    Dim objExec, strMSHTA, wshShell

    SelectFile = ""

    ' For use in HTAs as well as "plain" VBScript:
    strMSHTA = "mshta.exe ""about:" & "<" & "input type=file id=FILE>" _
             & "<" & "script>;new ActiveXObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject')" _
             & ".GetStandardStream(1).WriteLine(FILE.value);close();resizeTo(0,0);" & "<" & "/script>"""
    ' For use in "plain" VBScript only:
    ' strMSHTA = "mshta.exe ""about:<input type=file id=FILE>" _
    '          & "<script>;new ActiveXObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject')" _
    '          & ".GetStandardStream(1).WriteLine(FILE.value);close();resizeTo(0,0);</script>"""

    Set wshShell = CreateObject( "WScript.Shell" )
    Set objExec = wshShell.Exec( strMSHTA )

    SelectFile = objExec.StdOut.ReadLine( )

    Set objExec = Nothing
    Set wshShell = Nothing
End Function
Windows version: Windows XP and later versions
Network: N/A
Client software: MSHTA.EXE (native in Windows)
Script Engine: any
Summarized: Works in Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1.
File Open dialog (WScript.Shell.Exec MSHTA)
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page last modified: 2016-09-19