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    What is the command to open up the windows folder command. The one that is a one line box with a yellow folder at the end of it?


    I don't have a copy of the documentation with me but isn't it UI_Get_File()?

    Bill Hanigsberg



      that opens up the file dialog box. I just want to open up the folder choice box.



        You can use UI_GET FILE() with a specified folder - it pops up with the folder open and a list of matching files. If there are subfolders, those are available to open also.

        Or do you need something different?



          I am sorry if i Didn't explain myself better.
          I am using an append command to choose 4 tables and append
          to 4 master tables. The append action looks for a folder with the name od "test" then appens the 4 tables in the folder.
          I want to be able to choose adifferent path for this folder.
          It will not always be in the same directory.


            RE: FOLDER CHOICE

            So, you want to be able to browse drives and folders, but not files, right? I don't know of a way to do that, but will be watching for suggestions from others.

            Wouldn't it be possible to browse for one of the four files, and then parse the path, cutting out the filename, leaving behind the drive and folder names?

            -- tom


              RE: FOLDER CHOICE

              I have a backup script where I put zip files in a folder other than the application. The backup is a zip file of the entire contents of the application folder - if I put it in the same folder I would be backing up the prior zip files, and getting bloated zips..

              So I have a directory called "backup" on the same level as the application. I wrote this script to be portable, all you need to know is that the backaup directory will be at the same level as the application directory.

              'Get current path with open wildcard
              cpath = :A5.Get_Path() ' gets the current application path
              bpath = substr(cpath,1,AT(chr(92),cpath,-1))+"Backup" 'backup path is a directory on the same level as app.

              I also use Restore as an option and it is a little simpler (fewer options)

              dir_put(bpath) 'switch to the backup folder
              rfile = ui_get_file("Choose backup file to restore","*.zip")
              If rfile = ""
              end if
              sys_shell(PwrAchvr+" -e "+rfile+" "+cpath,1) ' this runs PowerArchiver as a shell to restore
              dir_put(cpath) 'restore active directory to current path


                RE: FOLDER CHOICE

                The problem is this. I am sharing this database with 2 other users. After adding entries, they e-mail me back a folder with all the files I need to append. I wrote an append script to append these files. It always points to the same directory. ( no choices). I want to be able to send them my finished files for them to append. I guess I could tell them that the folder has to be in the directory that I specify. However, I thought that if they can choose the directory path for the folder, they could put the folder anywhere.
                Thanks. for the help.


                  RE: FOLDER CHOICE

                  Here's an example which illustrates how ui_get_file() might be used to obtain a correct drive and path to the folder containing the files to be appended. It's what I had in my first message in this thread. Perhaps this example will clarify things a bit.

                  As ususal unzip the attachment to a separate folder. Do not mix it with your development work.

                  Open the Names1 form. Push the GetFolder button. Have fun.

                  -- tom


                    RE: FOLDER CHOICE


                    This is beautiful! I thought we had to wait for V5 for this functionality.

                    Your contributions are sure appreciated.



                      RE: FOLDER CHOICE

                      THanks Tom- that did it. I'm surprised that alpha doesn't have this function built in.
                      Thanks again.


                        RE: FOLDER CHOICE

                        Jeff, glad to hear that it's going to work for you.

                        As for not being built in... I don't remember anyone ever asking about it before. You might want to drop Tech Support a line to request that it be added.

                        -- tom


                          RE: FOLDER CHOICE

                          Tom, Jeff,

                          See my posting of my ui_get_path function in the code archive section at

                          Find Folder


                          Ira J. Perlow
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                            RE: FOLDER CHOICE

                            Ira, Thanks!

                            -- tom