Create an open file window

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    Create an open file window

    How do I create one of those explorer windows for choosing a file to open? I'm guessing its some WinAPI function but I have no idea what it is. Thanks.

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    Last edited by nicoqwertyu; 03-13-2010 at 07:01 PM.

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    you can try a good tutorial like TheForger.

    TheForgers - EFNet #Winprog

    i readed it some months ago, it covers most of the commands needed for
    file opening. by the way, its a FileDialog not an Open File Window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UltraKing227 View Post
    you can try a good tutorial like TheForger.

    TheForgers - EFNet #Winprog

    i readed it some months ago, it covers most of the commands needed for
    file opening. by the way, its a FileDialog not an Open File Window.
    Well now that I have a vague grasp of how to use this function.. I'm now getting an "undefined reference to GetOpenFileNameA@4" error when I compile.

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    From the MSDN link nicoqwertyu gave you:
    Import library Comdlg32.lib

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Mike View Post
    From the MSDN link nicoqwertyu gave you:
    Where exactly do I put that? I don't see it in the source code I got from the place UltraKing linked.

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    try making a Windows-based project instead of a console-one.
    (note: this step is different in every IDE, so i cant give specific instructions
    on how to make a project).

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    by the way, the reason you get that error is simple.
    GetOpenFileName is only for WinGUI, not dos. so when you make a
    console-based project, the linker gives an error to tell you that Dos
    cant do this stuff.

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    I've made plenty of DOS console projects in MSVC 6 that utilize these open/save dialog windows.
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    Changing it to a Win32 GUI project in Code::Blocks didn't do anything. Also, it is compiling with "-lcomdlg32", so that's not the problem.

    I've also seen plenty of console tools that can open a file.

    Looking at MSDN it seems like there's a different set of API for Vista file dialogs, I wonder if that has anything to do with this. I hope not because the Common Item whatever is going straight over my head.

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    What does CommDlgExtendedError() say when it fails?

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