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For a Microsoft Access 2002 version of this article, see 279508
This article discusses how to use the new FileDialog method in Microsoft Access to display the built-in File dialog box and to determine the files that the user selects.
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 may display the file dialog box by using either the Microsoft Common Dialog ActiveX control or by making calls to the Windows API.
By using the FileDialog method in Microsoft Office Access 2003, you can display the File dialog box that is used by Microsoft Access and to determine the files that the user selects. The SelectedItems collection of the FileDialog object contains the paths to the files that are selected by the user. By using a For-Each loop, you can enumerate this collection and then display each file. The following example loops through the ItemsSelected collection and then displays files in the list box.
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