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Free Open Source:Swiss File Knife
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After download, run the tool by double click, then click on Open and select a directory from which you want to load all text files. All ASCII text files from that folder will be loaded, like all .txt, .ini, .html, readme or source code files. As you may have noticed, to read and search trough 100 files, you don't have to open 100 windows. From the start, all contents are available in ONE window, making things damned fast. But sometimes we want to keep an eye on one part of the text, while reading through another one. So we need a further window. instant window creation With assistance mode active, either right click somewhere on blank space, then select Clone View To Right: or alternatively, do this in a single step by a Double Right Click somewhere into blank space. (Without assistance mode, a single right click would be sufficient.) Another window is created. Basically, it is another view onto the same text. Everything is just like in the first window or view. This second view tries to CLONE the first, including the current text position, and the word you are searching currently. Now, whatever you learned, it works the same way in both views, and you are ready for multi threaded reading: - continue to READ this help text in the LEFT view, - while doing all kinds of experiments in the RIGHT. closing a window, or leaving the tool If you have multiple windows, press ESCAPE to close the currently active window. If you have just one window left, ESCAPE will exit dview. If this creates problems, i.e. if you are often leaving the tool unintentionally, you change this behaviour under Setup / General. Pressing SHIFT+ESCAPE always forces dview to exit, no matter how many windows are open. opposite view activation So now you have two views. And things are different: if you double right click AGAIN into blank space, it it will no longer create another window, but simply ACTIVATE the OTHER ("nearby") view. The philosophy behind that is: "a right click SENDS something into a NEARBY view." We didn't send much of interest yet, but that will change. one click own window activation A LEFT CLICK into BLANK SPACE activates the window under the mouse cursor, as in every windows application. Whenever you are unsure if keyboard input for the current window is enabled, left click into the window. one click window resize By default, DView comes with a fixed window concept: sizes and positions are predefined, to keep you from time-wasting border dragging. But there are some ways to change the relative window sizes: If you click near the RIGHT border of the LEFT view, or the LEFT border of the RIGHT view, you will not just activate the window, but resize it one step: -> the right view is slightly expanded. -> the left view is slightly shrunk. If you are editing text, the left border click can be done only within empty lines, to avoid ambiguities with text block selections. This behaviour can also be disabled via the Mode button under "one click resize". But even if disabled, a one click resize will always work near the window bottom, when clicking on "fi" of "find:" or "pa" of "path:". window frame modes 1. master frame mode By default, there is one large master frame window, containing all views (actual text windows). By moving and resizing that master frame, you change the so-called "master area" in which all text views are created and arranged. By clicking on the square button right to "setup", you can activate or deactivate: 2. isolated views mode In this mode, there is no master frame. Every window has its own thick move and resize border, allowing to interleave the views with windows from other applications. The master area can NOT be changed in that mode. Therefore, if you want to use the iso mode, follow these steps first: - 1. enter master frame mode. - 2. move and resize the master frame window until the master area, in which windows should be created, is defined. - 3. then enter isolated views mode. In other words, no matter how you move and resize windows in iso mode, the windows creation area is not changed. Pressing F1 will force any window back into that area. 3. overscan mode if you are within master frame mode, then SHIFT or RIGHT click onto the square button, views will also be isolated, however without any resize border. this mode allows to view as much text as possible, however windows cannot be moved or freely resized. To re-enter master frame mode then, click the square again.