Saturday, March 08, 2008

Retrieve Shell Folders

Windows has some special folders like My Documents, SendTo, Desktop or Favorites. The location of this folders are keep in the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders However, it is not encourage to retrieve the location of special folders using registry. The recommended way to retrieve is via windows API function SHGetFolderPath:
uses SHFolder;

var sDir: string;
  SetLength(sDir, MAX_PATH);
  ZeroMemory(@sDir[1], MAX_PATH);
  if Succeeded(SHGetFolderPath(0, CSIDL_PERSONAL, 0, 0, PAnsiChar(sDir))) then

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