How to set the initialPath attribute to feed the SelectFolder method of the BrowseForFolder class?

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11-12-2018 04:37 AM
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I need to provide my clients with the possibility to select a GDB from within a DockPaneView.

Now that I found out on how to get the parentWindow to satisfy the SelectFolder method I have to realize I cannot set the initialPath attribute. The method expects a string but writing "c:\\" still opens the dialog in the users home directory.

I found that I should be able to set the path to a sub-directory of the users home directory by writing e.g. "~/Documents".

Nothing off this works. I always start in the users home directory. But what I want is the possibility for the user to store the selected path in my solution as a resource variable and next time the SelectFolder dialog is opened the resource variable should retrieve the initial path from the resource file.

Has somebody a working example on how to set the initialPath attribute?

As said, the functionality is required to work from within a DockPaneView (WPF).

Best Thomas

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Hi Thomas,

Have you tried like this:

OpenItemDialog searchGdbDialog = new OpenItemDialog

{

Title = "Find GDB",

InitialLocation = Directory.GetCurrentDirectory(),

MultiSelect = false,

Filter = ItemFilters.featureDatasets_all

};

var ok = searchGdbDialog.ShowDialog();

For me it works, I always get last visited folder.

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Hi Thomas,

Have you tried like this:

OpenItemDialog searchGdbDialog = new OpenItemDialog

{

Title = "Find GDB",

InitialLocation = Directory.GetCurrentDirectory(),

MultiSelect = false,

Filter = ItemFilters.featureDatasets_all

};

var ok = searchGdbDialog.ShowDialog();

For me it works, I always get last visited folder.

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Hi Gintautas,

I really like your solution to the problem. Using OpenItemDialog works in setting the directory and I am pretty sure I can also use it in combination with the resources. A bit of a disadvantage compared to the systems dialog is the indexing of the catalog when the dialog is opened.

Thanks for pointing me this way.

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