Network Locations

Since R3 2018, the RadFileDialogs as well as the ExplorerControl provide out of the box support for Network Locations.

Enabling Network Locations

In order for the RadFileDialogs and ExplorerControl to show the Network drive and all of the available network locations, you can set the ShowNetworkLocations property to True. This is demonstrated in Example 1.

Example 1: Showing Network Locations in RadOpenFileDialog

RadOpenFileDialog openFileDialog = new RadOpenFileDialog();  
openFileDialog.Owner = theHostWindowInstance;  
openFileDialog.ShowNetworkLocations = true;   
openFileDialog.ShowDialog(); 

Figure 1: Result from Example 1 in the Office2016 Theme

RadOpenFileDialog Network Locations

ShowNetworkLocations is not a dependency property and does not support runtime change.

Specifics of Network Nodes

Network nodes differ from normal nodes in some aspects which are described below:

  • Network PC nodes as well as network shared folders are not editable. Normal folders which are children of shared folders, on the other hand, are editable.

  • Network PC nodes and their shared folders are not draggable as opposed to the normal nodes/folders.

  • The context menu for the network nodes differs from the one for normal nodes.

  • The New Folder button is available in shared folders, however it is not available in network pc nodes.

Accessing Network Nodes

Network nodes can be accessed either though the Path Navigation Pane by typing "\\" followed by the name of the network node, or by setting the InitialDirectory of the dialog or CurrentDirectoryPath of the ExplorerControl to a valid node path.

Opening Server Nodes

The RadFileDialogs as well as the ExplorerControl also support creating nodes based on a valid server path. They can be opened by typing "\\" followed by the name of the server in the Path Navigation Pane, or by setting the InitialDirectory of the dialog or CurrentDirectoryPath of the ExplorerControl to a valid server path. An example of a valid server path is "\\localhost".

Changes

In order to introduce support for the network locations in the RadFileDialogs, some changes in the infrastructure were introduced after R3 2018:

  • DirectoryInfoWrapper now inherits from the new class DirectoryBaseWrapper which inherits from FileSystemInfoWrapper. Previously DirectoryInfoWrapper directly inherited FileSystemInfoWrapper.

  • HistoryNavigationPaneControl's DirectoryHistory property is now RadObservableCollection of DirectoryBaseWrapper. Previously it was RadObservableCollection of DirectoryInfoWrapper.

  • IDialogViewModel's InitialDirectory property is now DirectoryBaseWrapper. Previously it was DirectoryInfoWrapper.

  • ICurrentDirectoryViewModel InitialDirectory property is now DirectoryBaseWrapper. Previously it was DirectoryInfoWrapper.

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