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Re: FileName Widget

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  • From: "Kevin J. McCann" <Kevin.McCann at>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2010 02:31:59 -0500 (EST)

Thanks for the tip. You should understand that I did look at the 
documentation for FileNameSetter, which does not list this option.


On 12/9/2010 7:32 AM, Patrick Scheibe wrote:
> Hi,
> I don't understand why don't you just have one look at the documentation
> of the functions. You would have seen that it is simply something like
> SystemDialogInput["FileOpen", "/tmp"]
> or maybe
> SystemDialogInput["FileOpen", "C:\\"]
> when you're working on windoze.
> Cheers
> Patrick
> On Thu, 2010-12-09 at 06:03 -0500, Kevin J. McCann wrote:
>> Is there a way with FileNameSetter or the others to specify the initial
>> search directory?
>> Kevin
>> 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


Kevin J. McCann
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University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
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Baltimore, MD 21250

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