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Use TC to completely replace file open/save dialogs

 
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Channing
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:31 am    Post subject: Use TC to completely replace file open/save dialogs Reply with quote

Hello all,

If youíre addicted to TC (like me) it must be really painful to have to stay with the old primitive way of file browsing for more than ten hours a day. Yes, Iím talking about file dialogs: they are everywhere in almost all applications, very hard to use (even compared to Windows Explorer), with zero hot key support, and the browse for folder dialog is definitely one of the ugliest things on WindowsÖ

Now the nightmare is over! Listary allows you to use TC to completely replace all file open/save and browse for folder dialogs with very simple steps:

1. After a file dialog pops up, first choose the file type filter you need as normal. Then press hot key Win + O.

Image: http://www.listary.com/images/features/tc-replace-filedlg1.png

2. Listary will open a new tab in TC (of your current folder in the file dialog) and apply the file type filter. Note that you need to have one TC instance running (Iím sure you do); Listary wonít open a new TC window. Now you can take all the benefits of TC. Very Happy

Image: http://www.listary.com/images/features/tc-replace-filedlg2.png

3. After everything is done in TC, press Win + O again. The file dialog will open your selected file in TC. If no files are selected or itís a browse for folder dialog, it will simply switch to the folder youíre viewing in TC.

Image: http://www.listary.com/images/features/tc-replace-filedlg3.png

In short words, Win + O & Win + O, bingo! You can change the hot key in Listary Options > Integration.

This feature supports multiple file selection if the application (the owner of the file dialog) allows you to open multiple files. Otherwise the first selected file will be opened. Note that file type filter is not supported by Microsoft Office open/save dialogs on Windows XP.


Other useful features for TC users
  • After opening a file dialog, you can press Ctrl + G to let it switch to the folder youíre viewing in TC.
  • After opening a file dialog, you can press Ctrl + O to let it open the focused file in TC directly (Iím feeling lucky)
  • If you switch from a file dialog to TC and then switch back in whatever way, the file dialog will switch to the folder youíre viewing in TC.
  • TCís directory menu items are added to Listary favorite for quick access (from the Favorite menu on Listary toolbar or simply double-click on any part of the empty area in Explorer, desktop and file dialogs.


Requirements

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (32bit and 64bit supported)
Total Commander 7.50 (tested on all OS listed above with TC 7.56a)


About Listary

Listary is intended to provide a much better and united file browsing experience for Windows users. It adds favorite, recent documents feature and a bunch of useful commands to file dialogs, desktop, utilities (like 7-Zip and FileZilla) and the most famous file managers.
You can get an overview of some basic features from the video here.

Listary is freeware for personal use only.


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Please help spread the word if you find it useful!

Donít hesitate to reply here or contact me directly at support@listary.com if you have any questions or suggestions. Iím looking forward to your feedback!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can finally post URLs, post edited Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for notifying for your tool.
There are other tools that helps with open/save dialogs, unfortunately not many of them still developed, so it is nice to have alternative.

After playing a little bit, i've noticed that environmental variables in TC directory menu and submenus don't get processed.
Also on my machine it takes a while to display the menu, i guess displaying icons are slowing it, because i have a lot of network drives stored in directory menu.
Otherwise, great utility.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 5:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2solid
Thanks for your feedback!

solid wrote:
After playing a little bit, i've noticed that environmental variables in TC directory menu and submenus don't get processed.

Sorry that this version doesn't support environment variables. I'll add support in the next version.

solid wrote:
Also on my machine it takes a while to display the menu, i guess displaying icons are slowing it, because i have a lot of network drives stored in directory menu.

I load icons in a background thread, so itís possible caused by something else. Iíll check it.

You can use Win + O to open directory menu and select files you need to open in TC directly. This should work like a charm Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a wonderful tool, it complements TC and i will now switch from FileBX to Listary.

Thanks for providing and best wishes.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:01 pm    Post subject: Listary Reply with quote

Very good tool. It is the first which works with OpenOffice. Unfortunately, under OOo, when I tape Win+O I see TC filtered list. Then, when I double click on some file, OOo opens the choosed file, but in an other window, not in the initial window. Is it normal ?
Also, with MsOffice 2003, the choosed file is opened, but only after I have canceled the Open window.

Anyway, very good work indeed.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

when you double click on the file, i think listary doesn't catch the action. That's why it's opening another instance of the program.

Wonderful tool indeed. Especially since i could no longer customise the file open dialogs in seven. (one can, but not like that in xp)

thanks for the program.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wanted to say thank you! Very Happy

I was always looking to find a way around those open/save-dialogs. Now they are "history"! Thanks again! Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing stuff!

Great tool.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:04 am    Post subject: great tool Reply with quote

I really like this tool so far ... will prob upgrade to Pro after seeing if the extra features are usefull to me. Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In such cases I am using Alt+Tab to go into TC, select required file/dir, press a tool button to copy current file/dir name, Alt+Tab back to file dialog and press Ctrl+V.

Tried this tool... Hm... Why it do not close opened tab in TC when I press Esc in file dialog? Why it do not close its tab after pressing Win+O in TC? Why it do not apply filter? Why it do not open file under cursor in TC (without selecting it)?
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