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Status of Windows Shell Extensions Support RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    Are Windows Explorer Shell Extensions viable (Column Extensions in particular)? If so, is C++/ATL the best approach?

    All the article/docs I search seem to be 5-10 years old, and it appears .NET shell extensions are not recommended by Microsoft. I have been testing some .NET shell extensions with quite a bit of difficulty.


    warren


    • Edited by Warren021 Friday, April 24, 2015 8:53 PM
    Friday, April 24, 2015 8:53 PM

Answers

  • Are Windows Explorer Shell Extensions viable (Column Extensions in particular)?

    I don't think column extensions have been viable since XP.

    All the article/docs I search seem to be 5-10 years old, and it appears .NET shell extensions are not recommended by Microsoft.

    Different camps at MS have said different things, especially when .Net
    4 came out, but I think the consensus is that it's not recommended to
    do shell extensions in .NET - however, people still do them! :(

    Dave

    • Proposed as answer by boynice112113 Sunday, April 26, 2015 5:28 AM
    • Marked as answer by Warren021 Monday, April 27, 2015 4:13 PM
    Friday, April 24, 2015 11:41 PM