How to find files on a hard drive or mapped network with LotusScript

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I wanted to locate a file on either my hard drive or a mapped network drive and import the data into a Lotus Notes database. Because I had already found the code to do the import, I abridged my LotusScript code to provide just the file selection routine, which can be placed in a button or view action.

Placing the LotusScript code in a button gives the Notes user a choice of drives (it defaults to the C: drive, as seen in Figure 1).

Figure 1. Identify the drive you want to select the file from.

Lotus Notes users then receive a list of folders and files matching a pattern, for example .xls. However, this can be changed.

There also is an abort/cancel option at the top of the list that lets you drill down into the next directory to locate the relevant file. An option to move back to the root is also provided as Lotus Notes users drill down into directories. You should select "..", in case a user drills down into the wrong route and cannot find the required file.

Figure 2. Select the file.

Once the file is selected, the full drive, path and filename are returned and displayed on screen (as seen in Figure 3).

Figure 3. The full drive, path and filename are displayed as the selected file.

LotusScript to locate files
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This was first published in July 2008

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