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ITSBITS Catapult Garage Software
View Files In A Folder (Tool)

Purpose Of The Tool

From time to time you'll find you want to look at a large folder and see what files, perhaps what files of a certain type or image files, are in the folder. Someimtes you just want to see a list of the files of a certain type that are in the folder in question. Sometimes the standard ways of looking at the files just fall a bit short and this particular Catapult tool is designed to help in those cases. It looks at a folder and shows you the files it finds.

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Start The Tool

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Software Tool to View Files In A Folder On the opening screen or "WELCOME" tab, go to the "Tools" menu, then select the option to "View Files In Folder." When this option is selected, you will see an image something like the one shown at right:

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Using The Tool

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Software Tool to View Files In A Folder

On the opening screen or "WELCOME" tab, go to the "VIEW" menu, then select the option to "View Files In A Folder." (Since you've never used the tool before, you may be warned that it cannot find a file containing ignore-files and/or ignore-folders information. If you do see one or both of these warnings, just ignore them.) When the tool has loaded, you will see an image something like the one shown at right.





We'll start by looking at the "Restrictions" for the program. There are certain files and certain file types that you don't really care about seeing. An example of this is any "thumbs.db" file. Hence, you might use the "Restrictions" menu's "Ignore file names" menu option to "Add A Name." When this option is selected, you'll see an entry window something like the one below-right.

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Now you can enter "thumbs.db" as the file name. Then click the "OK" button. Since this is a file type we'll always want to ignore, we can use the "Save List" option so that the tool will "remember" this restriction.

Now you can do the same thing for any and all folders you know of that you want to never look at. Add it, then save the list.

As you can see on the Restrictions menu shown above, you can also restrict your study to show only graphics files, e.g., *.jpg, *.png, *.ico, etc.; HTML files (*.html), HTML and *.inc files, or you can specify another type entirely. For example, you might only want to see the .exe files in a folder. To do this, select the option to "Select file types to include" and enter a file extension, e.g., .exe or .bat. This will allow you to see only the selected file type within the designated folder.

Next let's create a view. Click the button marked as "Step 1" and navigate to the folder you want to study using the standard Windows® Folder dialog. When you've found the folder you're after, click the "OK" button on the dialog. If there are any special restrictions you want to impose on this run, use the "Restrictions" menu and setup your special restrictions. After this is complete, click the "3--Show Files" button to list the files in the List Box on your left side of the screen.

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Software Tool to View Files In A Folder ITSBITS Catapult Garage Software Tool to View Files In A Folder Finally, let's consider the "4--Images" menu. If you have images in the file list you just created and you want to look at one of them, you can click on it and the image will be displayed in the right-hand part of the window. If you're trying to look at an icon (.ico) file, the presentation will be too large and, essentially useless. At this point, use the Images menu and select the 32x32 or 64x64 option so that you get a more size-appropriate presentation. On the other hand, you will want to use the "normal" option for most images.

Now you'll notice that there are two new buttons showing: "Copy" will copy the image to the system clipboard and "Process" will try to open the selected file using the Windows® default program for the selected file type. For example, if you selected an HTML file (*.html) and clicked the "Process" button, you would open the selected file in your Windows® default browser.

When you're finished with the tool, use the "Exit" button to close the tool and return to the Catapult Garage.

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Configure and Execute Menus

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Software Tool to View Files In A Folder Since we're going to be working with numerous different file types, the tool allows you to configure several programs for execution. In our example, Windows® Explorer, Notepad, and Audacity (from SourceForge) are configured. And there's still room for 7 more such configurations.

ITSBITS Catapult Garage Software Tool to View Files In A Folder Once you've configured a program for execution, you can use the "Execute" menu to use one of the programs...just click on it.






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