RadOpenFolderDialog

RadOpenFolderDialog is a modal dialog box that allows you to specify one or multiple folder names to open.

Figure 1: RadOpenFolderDialog in single selection mode

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Showing the Dialog

To show the dialog call its ShowDialog method. If a valid folder is opened when you press OK, the DialogResult property will return OK and the FileName, and FileNames properties will be set. You can use FileName and FileNames to get the names of the selected folders.

Note that when the ShowDialog method is called the UI of the host application will freeze until the dialog closes.

Example 1: Show a open folder dialog


RadOpenFolderDialog openFolderDialog = new RadOpenFolderDialog();
DialogResult dr = openFolderDialog.ShowDialog();
if (dr == System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK)
{
    string folderName = openFolderDialog.FileName; 
}



Dim openFolderDialog As RadOpenFolderDialog = New RadOpenFolderDialog()
Dim dr As DialogResult = openFolderDialog.ShowDialog()

If dr = System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK Then
   Dim folderName As String = openFolderDialog.FileName
End If

Enabling Multiple Selection

The dialog supports single and multiple selection modes. By default, you can select only one folder at a time. To alter this you can set the Multiselect property of RadOpenFolderDialog to True.

Example 2: Multiple selection


RadOpenFolderDialog openFolderDialog = new RadOpenFolderDialog();
openFolderDialog.Multiselect = true;


Dim openFolderDialog As RadOpenFolderDialog = New RadOpenFolderDialog()
openFolderDialog.Multiselect = True

Figure 2: Multiple selection

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Working with the Selected Folders

You can get the paths of the selected folders via the FileName and FileNames properties. Note that the properties are empty until the DialogResult is valid. When you open folder(s) the properties will return the corresponding directory paths.

You can get only the name of the selected folders, without the full path, via the SafeFileNames collection property.

Example 3: Get the selected folder names


RadOpenFolderDialog openFolderDialog = new RadOpenFolderDialog();
openFolderDialog.Multiselect = true;
DialogResult dr = openFolderDialog.ShowDialog();
if (dr == System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK)
{
    string folderPath = openFolderDialog.FileName; 
    IEnumerable<string> folderPaths = openFolderDialog.FileNames; 
    IEnumerable<string> folderNames = openFolderDialog.SafeFileNames; 
}



Dim openFolderDialog As RadOpenFolderDialog = New RadOpenFolderDialog()
openFolderDialog.Multiselect = True
Dim dr As DialogResult = openFolderDialog.ShowDialog()

If dr = System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK Then
   Dim folderPath As String = openFolderDialog.FileName
   Dim folderPaths As IEnumerable(Of String) = openFolderDialog.FileNames
   Dim folderNames As IEnumerable(Of String) = openFolderDialog.SafeFileNames
End If

Saving the Last Used Directory

You can save the last used directory by setting the RestoreDirectory property of the RadOpenFolderDialog.

Example 4: Set RestoreDirectory property


RadOpenFolderDialog openFolderDialog = new RadOpenFolderDialog();
openFolderDialog.RestoreDirectory = true; 


Dim openFolderDialog As RadOpenFolderDialog = New RadOpenFolderDialog()
openFolderDialog.RestoreDirectory = True

After setting this property to True and opening a folder the InitialDirectory of this RadOpenFolderDialog instance will be set to the parent of the opened folder.

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