How to do things
AI Noob vs. Pro

List biggest files
List newest files
Show subdir sizes
Search in files
Replace word in files
List dir differences
Send files in LAN

Free Open Source:

Swiss File Knife

a command line
multi function tool.

remove tabs
list dir sizes
find text
filter lines
find in path
collect text
instant ftp or
http server
file transfer
send text
patch text
patch binary
run own cmd
convert crlf
dup file find
md5 lists
fromto clip
split files
list latest
compare dirs
save typing
trace http
echo colors
head & tail
dep. listing
find classes
speed shell
zip search
zip dir list

Depeche View
Source Research
First Steps

windows GUI

command line
file encryption

free external tools,
zero install effort,
usb stick compliant:

zip and unzip
diff and merge
reformat xml
reformat source

cpp sources

log tracing
mem tracing
using printf


stat. c array
stat. java array
var. c array
var. java array
view all text
as you type
surf over text
find by click
quick copy
multi view
find nearby
find by path
location jump
skip accents
clip match
filter lines
edit text
load filter
hotkey list
receive text
send in C++
send in Java
smooth scroll
touch scroll
fly wxWidgets
fly over Qt
search Java

How to find text file content quick and easy in thousands of files with Depeche View, a realtime text browser for Windows and Linux (WINE). prerequisite:

You have Depeche View up and running, with many text files loaded. If this isn't the case yet, read here how to do it.

example: 8254 files loaded, waiting for your input.

search as you type

To search the word "class", just type "class". You see the list of result lines.
Left click into one of those lines to jump into the actual text.

example: "class" found 43379 times in 1.4 seconds, searching 2,607,304 text lines.

stepping through search results

Press F3 to jump to the next occurrence of "class". Press CONTROL+F3 to jump backwards through the results.

appending directory contents
Click on "open" and then "append text from folder" at the top.
Select a directory containing many small ASCII text files (typically source code from Open Source projects, log files, HTML or XML files). The contents from these files will be appended after the currently loaded text.

file to file jump

Press CONTROL and PAGE DOWN to jump from file to file.

moving within a file

Within a file, use CURSOR UP and CURSOR DOWN as usual to scroll slowly through the text. Use SHIFT+Cursor Up/Down to scroll faster. Or use the MOUSE WHEEL. PAGE UP and DOWN also work as usual. CONTROL+END jumps to the end of the current file, CTRL+HOME to the start.

moving horizontal

CURSOR LEFT and RIGHT do NOT work as usual: they actually control the orange cursor in the "find mask" at left bottom.

So how do you SHIFT text horizontally to read through long lines? Simple: press SHIFT, hold SHIFT and then press CURSOR RIGHT or LEFT.

And to jump back to the leftmost column anytime, just press ENTER.

surfing the text

Now, using CURSOR UP and DOWN or the MOUSEWHEEL is all nice, we've seen that in every editor. But now try this:

shift click search

You're stepping through many files, you read the stuff, you know that typing "class" instantly searches "class".

But then you read a word that touches you deeply:


this is so great, you want to search it as well. But for heaven's sake, DON'T TYPE IT, or you may break your fingers. Instead,

And just as if you typed it, it is searched instantly, and instantly Depeche View will list all results.


shift click phrase search

So far, we learned that clicking on a WORD searches that word, instantly. But what if you have a text like

     long nResult = FooController::currentBar("Lemon");

and actually want to search the phrase "FooController::currentBar"? Follow exactly these steps:

As you see, the full phrase "FooController::currentBar" is searched.

Next chapter: Copying Text To Clipboard.