Application.FileDialog Property

Access Developer Reference

Returns a FileDialog object which represents a single instance of a file dialog box. Read-only.



expression A variable that represents an Application object.


Name Required/Optional Data Type Description
dialogType Required MsoFileDialogType An MsoFileDialogType constant that represents the type of dialog box.


The msoFileDialogOpen and msoFileDialogSaveAs constants are not supported in Microsoft Access.


This example illustrates how to use the FileFialog object to display a dialog box that allow the user to select one or more files. The selected files are then added to a listbox named FileList.

Visual Basic for Applications
  Private Sub cmdFileDialog_Click()

   ' Requires reference to Microsoft Office 11.0 Object Library.

   Dim fDialog As Office.FileDialog
   Dim varFile As Variant

   ' Clear listbox contents.
   Me.FileList.RowSource = ""

   ' Set up the File Dialog.
   Set fDialog = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFilePicker)

   With fDialog

      ' Allow user to make multiple selections in dialog box
      .AllowMultiSelect = True

      ' Set the title of the dialog box.
      .Title = "Please select one or more files"

      ' Clear out the current filters, and add our own.
      .Filters.Add "Access Databases", "*.MDB"
      .Filters.Add "Access Projects", "*.ADP"
      .Filters.Add "All Files", "*.*"

      ' Show the dialog box. If the .Show method returns True, the
      ' user picked at least one file. If the .Show method returns
      ' False, the user clicked Cancel.
      If .Show = True Then

         'Loop through each file selected and add it to our list box.
         For Each varFile In .SelectedItems
            Me.FileList.AddItem varFile

         MsgBox "You clicked Cancel in the file dialog box."
      End If
   End With
End Sub