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Contains access to all available commands and options.
Contains shortcuts to commonly used commands. Tool tips (hold mouse over the button for a few seconds) show information about each toolbar button. See the View menu to change tool bar configuration.
These panels can be shown/hidden from the View menu. Click the large search Icon on the Find & Replace panel to open the Advanced Find and Replace window (see Edit > Advanced Find & Replace). Click the Icon in the Drop File Filter panel to open the Drop File Filters dialog (see Options > Drop File Filter Settings).
This displays a list of the files you are working with. Most of the commands in the File menu, Commands menu as well as Find and Replace use this list. You can save/reopen file lists using the File menu. You can define a Drop Filter (Options menu) then drop a single folder onto FAR to populate the list. To discover the various file list commands try exploring the Main Menu help above.
Note: There are additional file commands in the context menu (right+click the file list).
Removing files from the list will not remove the file from your hard disk (although there is a command to permanently Delete files in Command menu). The columns contain file details, the last 3 columns are used by the Find & Replace commands:
- Replacements: Actual replacements done on that file.
- Matches: Number of occurrences found for a search word.
- Time (s): Time in seconds to search/replace for the file. This includes any time spent with message prompts etc.
- Attrib: This column displays a file's attributes as a four letter code RSHA (Readonly, System, Hidden & Archive). EG. "RA" means that only the ReadOnly and Archive attributes are set for the file.
- Encoding: This column displays each files encoding - ANSI, UTF-8, UTF-16 (Unicode). Enabling this column can slow things down since every file needs to be opened and the header bytes read. If you see a problem with performance turn this column off (right+click option). If a file does not have a BOM signature (Byte Order Mark) you may also see "(no BOM)" which means we took a guess at the encoding by looking at the first few bytes of the file.
As with all windows file lists you can multi-select file items by holding down the Ctrl or Shift keys while pressing the arrow keys or clicking on items. Select all files using Ctrl+A.
Drag & Drop
Use Shift+Dropping to open files in FAR. EG. Drag and drop a .HHP file onto FAR and hold down Shift while releasing the mouse button. Instead of the file appearing in the FAR file list, FAR will open the file in the HHP Project Editor.
Hold the Ctrl key while dragging files onto the FAR list to appended to the list (IE. the "Options > Clear List On Drop" setting is temporarily ignored).
FAR 5 allows you to drag files from the FAR file list and drop them onto other 3rd party applications (just like you can with Window Explorer). EG. drag files from FAR and drop them onto your HTML editor. If you drag files onto Windows Explorer, FAR will perform a flat file copy to the target folder.
This menu provides quick access to File List related commands in the main menu. It also provides several command not found in the main menu:
Open Containing Folder: Opens an explorer window to the folder containing the selected file. Open: Opens the selected file using Windows Shell. If no file association is found then FAR opens the file in the text editor (as defined in the Preferences dialog).
Note: You can also DoubleClick an item to open it.
Open as Text File: Opens the selected file in your text editor (as defined in the Preferences dialog). Open as Hex Dump: Opens the selected file in FAR's simple Hex/Oct/Dec data viewer. Open with FAR: If the file is a know FAR file type (eg, .HHP, .HHC, .HHK etc) then FAR will open the file in the appropriate FAR editor/viewer, otherwise the file is opened with the Windows application associated with the selected file type.
Note: You can also Shift+DoubleClick an item to Open with FAR.
Open With: Open the selected file using Windows Open With window. File Difference: Takes the first 2 selected files and does a compare of files using the external File Difference Viewer setup in Preferences dialog. Copy File Name(s): Copies the selected File(s) path to the clipboard as a simple text report.
Alternative select one or more files and press Ctrl+C.
File Properties: Open the Windows Properties dialog for the selected file. other... Other menu items are duplicates of items found in the main menu.
Displays information about the current activity or the selected file(s). The Status bar also provides fast access to the Drop File Filters dialog and Preferences dialog.