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Language: Visual Basic
Expertise: Intermediate
Jul 22, 1999

Show the Standard File Properties Dialog

If your program has an Explorer shell-style interface, you probably want to supply the standard File | Properties dialog. Do this by using the ShellExecuteEx API function:

 
Private Type SHELLEXECUTEINFO
	cbSize As Long
	fMask As Long
	hWnd As Long
	lpVerb As String
	lpFile As String
	lpParameters As String
	lpDirectory As String
	nShow As Long
	hInstApp As Long
	lpIDList As Long
	lpClass As String
	hkeyClass As Long
	dwHotKey As Long
	hIcon As Long
	hProcess As Long
End Type

Private Declare Function ShellExecuteEx Lib _
	"shell32" (lpSEIAs SHELLEXECUTEINFO) As Long
Private Const SEE_MASK_INVOKEIDLIST = &HC

Private Sub Form_Click()
	Call ShowFileProperties( _
		"c:\windows\system\msvbvm50.dll")
End Sub

Private Sub ShowFileProperties(ByVal aFile As _
	String)
	Dim sei As SHELLEXECUTEINFO
	sei.hWnd = Me.hWnd
	sei.lpVerb = "properties"
	sei.lpFile = aFile
	sei.fMask = SEE_MASK_INVOKEIDLIST
	sei.cbSize = Len(sei)
	ShellExecuteEx sei
End Sub
Matt Hart
 
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