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Re: FileName Widget

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  • Subject: [mg114596] Re: FileName Widget
  • From: "Kevin J. McCann" <Kevin.McCann at>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 06:03:15 -0500 (EST)
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Is there a way with FileNameSetter or the others to specify the initial 
search directory?


On 12/8/2010 6:41 AM, John Fultz wrote:
> And SystemDialogInput[] does return the file, not open it.  "FileOpen" refers to
> the style of the file-picking dialog.  Open-style dialogs have different
> properties than Save-style dialogs.  Open-style dialogs allow you to pick more
> than one file and require you to choose existing files.  Save-style dialogs warn
> you if you've targeted an existing file (which would potentially be
> overwritten).  And there's some different labeling, too.
> As I believe somebody else already mentioned, FileNameSetter[] does this, too.
> The difference between SystemDialogInput and FileNameSetter is that
> FileNameSetter is intended to be used in a Dynamic interface for keeping a
> Dynamic variable up to date (you can think of it as equivalent to the '...'
> button you sometimes see next to an input field for setting filenames in some
> dialog boxes), while SystemDialogInput requests the filename immediately and
> stops execution of your input until the name is returned.  SystemDialogInput is
> more appropriate for any procedural bit of code.
> Sincerely,
> John Fultz
> jfultz at
> User Interface Group
> Wolfram Research, Inc.
> On Tue, 7 Dec 2010 06:49:47 -0500 (EST), Murray Eisenberg wrote:
>> The OP asked, I believe, for return of the file name, _not_ opening a
>> file.
>> On 12/5/2010 9:48 PM, Patrick Scheibe wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> what about
>>> SystemDialogInput["FileOpen"]
>>> ?
>>> Cheers
>>> Patrick
>>> On Sat, 2010-12-04 at 06:13 -0500, leigh pascoe wrote:
>>>> Has anybody written a widget to find and return file names. For
>>>> example
>>>> if I want to import an image or data file into mathematica, or assign
>>>> a
>>>> file name to a $Variable, it would be very convenient to have a
>>>> function
>>>> key that launched a windows style widget that permitted searching
>>>> through directories (starting with My Computer or C:) and selecting
>>>> the
>>>> appropriate file. The full path of the selected file would then be
>>>> inserted at the cursor.
>>>> That seems such an obvious tool that it must exist already, but I
>>>> haven't seen reference to one anywhere. Anybody?
>>>> LP

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