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A WPF File Selection control

March 14th, 2008


This is a pretty simple user control, which allows you to display a file dialog to open or save files. Its look can be easily adjusted, and it provides built-in truncation of the file string to a predefined length if necessary. Here’s the XAML for the above sample control:

<files:FileSelector x:Name="openFileSelector"
                    Width="400" />


The TextBlock in the screenshot which displays the full file path was simply bound to the control’s FileName dependency property:

<TextBlock Text="{Binding ElementName=openFileSelector, Path=FileName}" />


The control does not provide too many extension or styling points – the idea is that you just copy it into your solution, adjust the styling of the control’s contents (Border, Button etc.) and be on your way. The source comes with a small sample project – enjoy 🙂

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  1. Richard
    March 14th, 2008 at 17:50 | #1

    Unfortunately, the WPF file dialogs don’t support Vista-style dialogs, even with .NET 3.0 SP1 installed.


  2. September 25th, 2008 at 16:43 | #2

    I would suspect it’s suffering from the symptons discussed here:

  3. Ian Johnson
    August 30th, 2010 at 15:00 | #3

    what do i need to do to use this in my code ?

    I copied the controls folder into my project but its giving me errors ? is there a dll that i can include as a reference ?

  4. Me
    November 29th, 2013 at 18:11 | #4

    Thank you for this!
    I was searching the whole web for sth like this.
    M$ didn’t care enough to add it to WPF.

  1. March 16th, 2008 at 06:31 | #1