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dotnet add package WinCopies.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell --version
NuGet\Install-Package WinCopies.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell -Version
This command is intended to be used within the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio, as it uses the NuGet module's version of Install-Package.
<PackageReference Include="WinCopies.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell" Version="" />
For projects that support PackageReference, copy this XML node into the project file to reference the package.
paket add WinCopies.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell --version
#r "nuget: WinCopies.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell,"
#r directive can be used in F# Interactive and Polyglot Notebooks. Copy this into the interactive tool or source code of the script to reference the package.
// Install WinCopies.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell as a Cake Addin
#addin nuget:?package=WinCopies.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell&version=

// Install WinCopies.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell as a Cake Tool
#tool nuget:?package=WinCopies.WindowsAPICodePack.Shell&version=




See LICENSE for the original license (retrieved from WebArchive). The library is not developed anymore by Microsoft and seems to have been left as 'free to use'. A clarification or update about the license terms from Microsoft is welcome, however.

Release notes

See CHANGELOG for latest changes.


Any contributor to this project has to read this code of conduct before contributing and has to follow the rules described in it for any contribution to this project.


When you submit a bug:

  • provide a short example code showing the bug
  • describe the expected behavior/result

Usage notes

This assembly/package provides managed Windows API implementations.

Product Compatible and additional computed target framework versions.
.NET net5.0 was computed.  net5.0-windows was computed.  net5.0-windows7.0 is compatible.  net6.0 was computed.  net6.0-android was computed.  net6.0-ios was computed.  net6.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net6.0-macos was computed.  net6.0-tvos was computed.  net6.0-windows was computed.  net6.0-windows7.0 is compatible.  net7.0 was computed.  net7.0-android was computed.  net7.0-ios was computed.  net7.0-maccatalyst was computed.  net7.0-macos was computed.  net7.0-tvos was computed.  net7.0-windows was computed.  net7.0-windows7.0 is compatible. 
.NET Core netcoreapp3.0 is compatible.  netcoreapp3.1 is compatible. 
.NET Framework net35 is compatible.  net40 was computed.  net403 was computed.  net45 was computed.  net451 was computed.  net452 was computed.  net46 was computed.  net461 was computed.  net462 was computed.  net463 was computed.  net47 was computed.  net471 was computed.  net472 is compatible.  net48 is compatible.  net481 was computed. 
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NuGet packages (9)

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WindowsAPICodePack Shell Extensions


Some basic visual types. This is a dependency package for other packages of the WinCopies framework.


FireTabs For .Net 5 - Beta 1


WinCopies framework assembly for basic I/O operations


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