Exposed by all Shell namespace folder objects, its methods are used to manage folders.
The IShellFolder interface has these methods.
|IShellFolder::BindToObject||Retrieves a handler, typically the Shell folder object that implements IShellFolder for a particular item. Optional parameters that control the construction of the handler are passed in the bind context.|
|IShellFolder::BindToStorage||Requests a pointer to an object's storage interface.|
|IShellFolder::CompareIDs||Determines the relative order of two file objects or folders, given their item identifier lists.|
|IShellFolder::CreateViewObject||Requests an object that can be used to obtain information from or interact with a folder object.|
|IShellFolder::EnumObjects||Enables a client to determine the contents of a folder by creating an item identifier enumeration object and returning its IEnumIDList interface. The methods supported by that interface can then be used to enumerate the folder's contents.|
|IShellFolder::GetAttributesOf||Gets the attributes of one or more file or folder objects contained in the object represented by IShellFolder.|
|IShellFolder::GetDisplayNameOf||Retrieves the display name for the specified file object or subfolder.|
|IShellFolder::GetUIObjectOf||Gets an object that can be used to carry out actions on the specified file objects or folders.|
|IShellFolder::ParseDisplayName||Translates the display name of a file object or a folder into an item identifier list.|
|IShellFolder::SetNameOf||Sets the display name of a file object or subfolder, changing the item identifier in the process.|
Implement this interface for objects that extend the Shell's namespace. For example, implement this interface to create a separate namespace that requires a rooted Windows Explorer or to install a new namespace directly within the hierarchy of the system namespace. You are most familiar with the contents of your namespace, so you are responsible for implementing everything needed to access your data.
Use this interface when you need to display or perform an operation on the contents of the Shell's namespace. Objects that support IShellFolder are usually created by other Shell folder objects. To retrieve a folder's IShellFolder interface, you typically start by calling SHGetDesktopFolder. This function returns a pointer to the desktop's IShellFolder interface. You can then use its methods to retrieve an IShellFolder interface for a particular namespace folder.
|Minimum supported client||Windows XP [desktop apps only]|
|Minimum supported server||Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]|