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SHParseDisplayName (shell32)
Translates a Shell namespace object's display name into an item identifier list and returns the attributes of the object. This function is the preferred method to convert a string to a pointer to an item identifier list (PIDL).

C# Signature:


public static extern void SHParseDisplayName( [MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.LPWStr)] string name, IntPtr bindingContext,[Out()] out IntPtr pidl, uint sfgaoIn, [Out()] out uint psfgaoOut);

VB Signature:

<DllImport("shell32.dll")> _

Private Shared Sub SHParseDisplayName(<MarshalAs(UnmanagedType.LPWStr)> ByVal name As String, ByVal bindingContext As IntPtr, <Out()> ByRef pidl As IntPtr, ByVal sfgaoIn As UInt32, <Out()> ByRef sfgaoOut As UInt32)

End Sub

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It will return null pointer if the specfied file name does not exist

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