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  • By Sam Huggill
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Controls, controls, controls. Everybody makes controls for almost everything. Only one problem, not everybody has these controls. This article will show you how to avoid adding extra controls by calling them with API, especially the Common Dialog Control.

Let's start at the beginning. The people who will most likely see your program are probably going to be VB programmers, or these users will at least have one piece of Microsoft software installed on their system. This means that they will have the Common Dialog Control (COMDLG32.ocx).

Adding this control to your setup program increases the already large file size, and, this alone could put off potential users. Well, you DON'T need to add the Common Dialog Control to your project. All you need to do is use some simple API calls to call the different procedures of the Common Dialog Control.

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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