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mshta / select a file / filepath

mshta / select a file / filepath

mshta / select a file / filepath

I found this four-line vbscript fragment online someplace:

Set wShell=CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Set oExec=wShell.Exec("mshta.exe ""about:<input type=file id=FILE><script>FILE.click();new ActiveXObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject').GetStandardStream(1).WriteLine(FILE.value);close();resizeTo(0,0);</script>""")
sFileToProcess = oExec.StdOut.ReadLine
msgbox "The file you selected was " & chr(13) & sFileToProcess,0,"FILE TO PROCESS"

It allows the user to pick a file using a typical Windows dialog box. It appears to start in the folder where the script is executed. I'd expect that.

Does anyone know how to set the starting path? Say, the user's Documents folder or some static location maybe?


RE: mshta / select a file / filepath

CODE --> vbscript

Function GetFileDlgEx(sIniDir,sFilter,sTitle) 
  Set oDlg = CreateObject("WScript.Shell").Exec("mshta.exe ""about:<object id=d classid=clsid:3050f4e1-98b5-11cf-bb82-00aa00bdce0b></object><script>moveTo(0,-9999);eval(new ActiveXObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject').GetStandardStream(0).Read("&Len(sIniDir)+Len(sFilter)+Len(sTitle)+41&"));function window.onload(){var p=/[^\0]*/;new ActiveXObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject').GetStandardStream(1).Write(p.exec(d.object.openfiledlg(iniDir,null,filter,title)));close();}</script><hta:application showintaskbar=no />""") 
  oDlg.StdIn.Write "var iniDir='" & sIniDir & "';var filter='" & sFilter & "';var title='" & sTitle & "';" 
  GetFileDlgEx = oDlg.StdOut.ReadAll 
End Function 

sample :

CODE --> vbscript

sIniDir = "C:\Windows\*.*pdf" ' extension must be preceded by an asterisk *.
sFilter = "Adobe pdf (*.pdf)|*.pdf|All files (*.*)|*.*|Microsoft Word (*.doc;*.docx)|*.doc;*.docx|Image files (*.gif;*.png;*jpg;*.bmp)|*.gif;*.png;*jpg;*.bmp|Html files (*.htm;*.html;*.mht)|*.htm;*.html;*.mht|" 
sTitle = "GetFileDlg by omen999 2014 - http://omen999.developpez.com" 
rep = GetFileDlgEx(Replace(sIniDir,"\","\\"),sFilter,sTitle) 
MsgBox rep & vbcrlf & Len(rep) 

RE: mshta / select a file / filepath

Perfect, just right. Many thanks.

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