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For a Microsoft Office Access 2003 version of this article, see 824272Advanced: Requires expert coding, interoperability, and multiuser skills.
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This article shows you how to use the new FileDialog method in Microsoft Access to display the built-in file dialog box and to determine what files the user selected.
NOTE: The FileDialog method works only in the full retail version of Microsoft Access. This method does not work in a Microsoft Access run-time application.
In earlier versions of Microsoft Access, you could not display the file dialog box without using either the Microsoft Common Dialog ActiveX Control or by making calls to the Windows API.
In Microsoft Access 2002, the FileDialog method allows you to display the file dialog box used by Microsoft Access and to determine what files were selected by the user. The SelectedItems collection of the FileDialog object contains the paths to the files selected by the user. By using a For...Each loop, you can enumerate this collection and display each file. The following example loops through the ItemsSelected collection and displays the files in a list box.
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For more information about what you can do with the file dialog box, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type filedialog object in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.