The CommonDialog control provides a standard set of dialog boxes for
operations such as opening and saving files, setting print options, and
selecting colors and fonts. This article documents how to set up the
control for successful use in Internet Explorer.
The CommonDialog control is a licensed control that ships with Visual Basic
(VB) 5.0. Only developers with a valid design-time license for the control
may distribute the control for use in their applications or on their Web
sites. The control and design-time license can be obtained by downloading
the VB 5.0 Control Creation Edition (VBCCE), purchasing VB 5.0, or
purchasing Visual InterDev.
In order to use the control in a Web page, a license package file (.lpk
file) for the control must be created. This .lpk file is then referenced by
the Web page. If there are multiple licensed controls on a page, a single
.lpk file must be created for all of them.
This article covers generating the .lpk file and using it on a Web page.
Microsoft provides a signed .cab file, which can be referenced to install
the CommonDialog control. If this .cab file is used, a Web page that uses
the control would look similar to the following:
<PARAM NAME="LPKPath" VALUE="comdlg.lpk">
<OBJECT ID="CommonDialog1" WIDTH=32 HEIGHT=32
Note that Comdlg.lpk is a file that you generated and the name is
arbitrary. Also, the location of the file is relative to the HTML file.
Here the HTML and .lpk files are assumed to be in the same directory.
For additional information about how to use licensed ActiveX Controls in Internet
Explorer, please see the following
article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How To Using Licensed ActiveX Controls in Internet Explorer