Using FileSelectFolder for Windows File Explorer AutoHotkey Menus

For Precise Selection of Windows Folders When Loading Files into a Launching Menu, Use the AutoHotkey FileSelectFolder Command

Last time, I mentioned the possibility of using the FileSelectFile command to pick the top-level folder when adding files to an AutoHotkey action menu using the barebones FileMenuLoad.ahk script. Upon further consideration, I realized that the FileSelectFolder command offered a more appropriate solution. Accidentally picking a file rather than a folder for the top-level—although workable—only introduces more complications. The FileSelectFolder command precludes the inadvertent selection of a file.

You can insert the command at the beginning of the script as follows:


FileSelectFolder, TopMenu, *C:\Users\%A_UserName%\QuickLinks

If errorlevel

LastMenu := TopMenu

Loop Files, %TopMenu%\*.*, DFR  ; Recurse into subfolders.
	; Skip any file that is H or S (System).
	If InStr(A_LoopFileAttrib, "H") or InStr(A_LoopFileAttrib, "S") 
	; Add to Menu	
	Menu, %A_LoopFileDir%, Add, %A_LoopFileName% , Action
	If (A_LoopFileDir != LastMenu) and (LastMenu != TopMenu)
;		MsgBox %TopMenu% %LastMenu%
	; Save menu name
	LastMenu := A_LoopFileDir


Menu, %TopMenu%, Show



Run, % A_ThisMenu . "\" . A_ThisMenuItem


	SplitPath, MenuName , DirName, OutDir, OutExtension, OutNameNoExt, OutDrive
	Menu, %OutDir%, Add, %DirName%, :%MenuName%

While the FileSelectFolder command works well enough, whether or not you use it depends upon what you want to accomplish. In most cases, you may find it easier to hardcode the target folder into your script.

I don’t think I would use this folder selection command to randomly search through the Window File Explorer structure looking for folders/subfolders to cram into a menu. The command works best when you use folders set up in a way that a menu makes natural sense (such a QuickLinks). Possibly, you have a number of folders grouped together for QuickLinks type action, but only want to make the selection at runtime.

Special Folder Starting Points

The FileSelectFolder command offers special codes for loading specific Windows folders:

FileSelectFolder, TopMenu, ::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d} , 0 ; My Computer
FileSelectFolder, TopMenu, ::{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103} , 0 ; My Documents
FileSelectFolder, TopMenu, ::{48e7caab-b918-4e58-a94d-505519c795dc}, 0 ; Start Menu Folder 

You can find these in the Windows Class Identifier List. This allows you to specify a standard starting location without entering the full path.

Tip: In order to activate roaming in higher-level folders, place an asterisk ( * ) in front of the default path:

FileSelectFolder, TopMenu, *::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}, 0 ; My Computer
FileSelectFolder, TopMenu, *::{450d8fba-ad25-11d0-98a8-0800361b1103}, 0 ; My Documents
FileSelectFolder, TopMenu, *::{48e7caab-b918-4e58-a94d-505519c795dc}, 0 ; Start Menu Folder 

Play with the options to decide what works best for you.

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