<AWT Dev> Possibility to add file and directory selection to FileDialog?

Anthony Petrov anthony.petrov at oracle.com
Tue Dec 27 03:09:25 PST 2011

Hi Paulo,

The native FileDialog on MS Windows doesn't support choosing both files 
and directories simultaneously (at least on Windows XP and earlier.) 
Thus we can't provide this functionality as a platform-independent 
feature at this time.

Please use JFileChooser for this purpose.

best regards,

On 12/27/2011 11:29 AM, Paulo Levi wrote:
> JFileChooser has it's well known limitations. So i was overjoyed in 
> finding out that java 7 filedialog in GTK was using the native widget 
> like macosx.
> Well, long story short is that my app has to choose both files and 
> directories. Directories are used to "mass import", and files to singly 
> import.
> Not having the ability to add files impedes using FileDialog. What's the 
> story behind that limitation of "Only Files" and could it be 
> reconsidered? I doubt java even installs on the windows version where 
> that was a requirement to use the native file chooser.
> Please don't tell me to use JFileChooser. :\

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