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Browse or Open a File

By Mahesh Chand on Dec 15, 2000
This sample code show you how to use OpenFileDialog class to open or browse a file.

The OpenFileDialog class is defined in Windows.Forms class. You need to add to reference to System.Windows.Form.dll library and call using System.Windows.Forms before using the class.

The OpenFileDialog class can be used to open a file similar to CFileDialog's Open method in VC++. This class is derived from FileDialog. OpenFile method of this class opens a file which can be read by a steam.

In this sample code, I have use OpenFileDialog class to browse a file.

OpenFileDialog fdlg = new OpenFileDialog();
fdlg.Title = "C# Corner Open File Dialog" ;
fdlg.InitialDirectory = @"c:\" ;
fdlg.Filter = "All files (*.*)|*.*|All files (*.*)|*.*" ;
fdlg.FilterIndex = 2 ;
fdlg.RestoreDirectory =
true ;
if(fdlg.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK)
textBox1.Text = fdlg.FileName ;

Title member let you set the title of the open dialog. Filter member let you set a filter for types of files to open.

FileName member gives you the name of the selected file.

Mahesh Chand
Mahesh Chand

C# Corner founder, 11-times Microsoft MVP, technical author, and solutions architect. Mahesh authored his first book, A Programmer’s Guide to ADO.NET in C# with APress at the age of 25. C# Corner is a mem... Read more