[guispeak] FileDir 2.0 released

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programming@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, program-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, uaccess-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2007 17:56:55 -0500 (EST)


Version 2.0
Released February 7, 2007

Fixed some shortcut files (.lnk extension) not being executed properly.
Fixed Refresh Folder command, Period or F5, producing an error when the
current directory is empty.

Added features and key assignments to support conventional functionality
of Windows Explorer and of JAWS, thereby easing a transition to FileDir as
one's main file manager.  JAWS conventions now implemented by the scripts
include saying selected (tagged) items with Shift+JAWSKey+DownArrow, as
well as saying the position of the cursor in the current view with
Alt+Delete.  Shift+Space also says the current selection, like TextPal.
This command is convenient for confirming selection before a batch
operation, e.g., before copying or deleting multiple items.

New Windows Explorer conventions support the Shift key plus UpArrow,
DownArrow, Home, or End when tagging items for a subsequent batch command.
Adding the Alt modifier is an enhancement for untagging instead, e.g.,
Alt+Shift+End untags from the current item to the end of the list.  To tag
or untag the current item without changing focus, press Shift+NumPad5 or

Furthering use of the arrow keypad, the Control modifier facilitates
navigation among the subset of tagged items, e.g., Control+DownArrow is
equivalent to Shift+N for going to the next tagged item.  Alt+Home is a
keypad synonym for Alt+B, going to the beginning file item, skipping over
any preceding folder items.

FileDir's Context Menu, Shift+F10, has been strengthened to offer almost
every choice available from that menu of Windows Explorer.  An action may
now also be performed on multiple items, not just the current one.

The Quick Links feature as been extended to support .url as well as .lnk
files, thereby letting you manage Internet favorites with FileDir.  As
before, press Shift+Q to create a shortcut for the current file or folder
item.  Press Alt+Shift+Q instead to create a link to an Internet resource.
FileDir prompts for a name and address after attempting to get default
values from the current web page of Internet Explorer, if open.  To make
this convenient retrieval more likely, ensure that the Address Bar setting
is checked in the View menu of Internet Explorer.  The Web Download
command, Alt+Shift+W, now also uses this mechanism for a default web
address if the current value is blank.

As before, press either Control+Q or the Accent key to open the Quick
folder, which may be navigated and maintained like any other.  To review
or modify the settings of a .lnk file, you can use the new Properties
command, Alt+Enter, which invokes the same dialog as Windows Explorer.  A
.url file contains readable text in the .ini format, so you can easily
access such settings, e.g., via the Sent to Text Editor command,


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