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How to use the FolderBrowser control?

The FolderBrowser component provides a convenient and easy to use object-oriented wrapper for the Win32 Shell Folder Browser API that helps in accessing the system folders. The following properties are used to set the location of the FolderBrowser control.

Table 1: FolderBrowser Properties

FolderBrowser Properties



Specifies the location of the root folder from where the browsing is to be started.


Gets or sets the custom start location to show the dialog.


Gets or sets the selected location to show the dialog.


Retrieves the location of the selected folder.

You can set the desired location of the FolderBrowser Dialog points. The StartLocation property provides various options to specify the location of the root folder from where the browsing is to be started. The custom start location of the FolderBrowser can be set by using the property, CustomStartLocation.

The following code example demonstrates the same.



The screenshot displays the Folder Browser:

Figure 1: Folder browser dialog box

Sample Link:



Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
4328 04/06/2015 04/06/2015 WinForms FolderBrowser
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