Menu: File > Open
Default Shortcut Key: Ctrl+O
Macro function: Open()
The Open command is used to load one or more files for editing. By default, Boxer will present a custom File Open dialog with extra features not found in the standard Windows File Open dialog.
If you prefer to use the standard dialog, an option to do so can be found on the Configure | Preferences File I/O dialog page.
Standard Dialog or Custom Dialog
Opening a Single File
To select a single file for editing, click on the file's name within the display or type a filename in the Filename edit box. Click Open or press Enter to complete the selection.
Opening Multiple Files
To select multiple files for editing, depress the Ctrl key while clicking on a filename to add the new filename to the set of files to be opened. To select a series of adjacent files for editing, click on the first file in the series, and then depress the Shift key while clicking on the last file in the series.
You can filter the files displayed by selecting a file filter from the drop-down list labeled Files of type. The file types which appear in this dialog are user-definable via the Configure | Preferences | File I/O options page. You can also filter the filenames displayed by typing a wildcard file specification (such as m*.cpp or project.*) into the Filename edit box.
To load a file for passive viewing, select the Open as read-only checkbox at the bottom of the dialog. Boxer will then prevent changes from being made to the file(s) during the edit session. This option can be used to protect against accidental changes to a file whose content needs to be viewed, but must not be altered.
To rename a file, single-click once to select the item. Single-click again on the filename to place a text cursor into the filename. Type the new name for the file and press Enter.
To delete one or more files, first select the files to be deleted. Use Shift+Click to select a range of files, and/or Ctrl+Click to select discontiguous files. When the files are selected, press the Delete key to delete the files.
The size and position of the newly created window depends upon the nature of other open windows within Boxer. If other editing windows are maximized, the new window will also be created in maximized mode and will obscure the other windows below it. Otherwise, the new window will be created in 'normal' mode, and its size and position will be determined automatically by Windows.
You can request that new windows always be created in maximized mode with an option on the Configure | Preferences | Display options page. This option is titled Auto-maximize new windows when created.
Custom Dialog Features
The following features are available only with Boxer's custom File Open dialog
Boxer's File Open dialog is resizeable, and its size and position are remembered from session to session.
Use this icon to make the selected directory the current working directory.
Jump to the directory of the current file
Use this icon to make the directory of the current file the current working directory.
List View or Details View
Use these icons to select whether files are displayed in list view (simple), or with full details. Unlike the standard Windows dialog, the view mode is remembered from the previous dialog session.
Details View with Grid Lines
Click the icon to the left of the Copy button to enable a display mode in which light grid lines will by used to separate file data.
Copy Directory Listing
Use the Copy button to copy the entire directory listing to the current clipboard.
Click the Refresh button to refresh the file display. This option could be used if another program or process has changed the file listing since the dialog was first opened.
A message at the top of the drive selection list shows the number of directories being displayed in that list.
A message at the top of the filename display shows the number of files in the current directory listing.
Selected File Count
A message at the top of the filename display shows the number of files currently selected.
File information can be sorted by any field that appears at the top of the table:
Click twice on a given field to reverse the direction of the sort. The current sort mode is displayed in a message at the top of the filename display. Unlike the standard Windows dialog, the sort mode and direction are remembered from the previous dialog session.
Short Name Field
In addition to the standard Name, Size, Type, Modified and Attribute fields, Boxer's custom dialog also provides a Short Name field that displays the equivalent short filename for each file.
When files are opened for editing, the directory name is saved in the Favorites list. Use the Favorites drop-down list to quickly select a directory from among those recently used. Once a directory is selected its position in the list is elevated to position one.
Boxer's custom dialog supports filename completion. When typing a filepath or filename in the Filename field, press the Tab key to begin cycling through those directories or filenames that match your partial entry. When you see the directory name you were typing appear, continue typing the next few letters of the next directory name in the filepath. Press Tab to complete, as required. If you press accidentally press Tab too many times, press Shift+Tab to cycle backwards to a previously displayed name.
List the files that match a wildcard specification
Use this option if you prefer that files matching a wildcard specification first be shown in the file list, and not opened directly. With this option, typing *.XYZ and clicking Open will cause the file list to be filtered to display only those files with a .XYZ extension.
Open the files that match a wildcard specification
Use this option if you prefer that files matching a wildcard specification be opened directly. With this option, typing *.XYZ and clicking Open will cause all files with a .XYZ extension to be opened for editing.
The Preview button enables you to view the content of a file without actually opening the file for editing. A pop-up window will appear that displays the opening content of the file. From this view you can decide if the file in question is the one you would like to open. The pop-up Preview window disappears automatically as soon as the mouse cursor is moved significantly.
Right-clicking on a selected file (or files) will present the File Open dialog's context menu. The following commands are provided: Open, Preview, Select All, Copy, Rename and Delete. The Rename and Delete commands provide an alternate method to perform these functions, which are described in the section above. The Copy command copies the selected file(s) to the Windows clipboard in a manner that allows them to be pasted into Explorer, effecting a file copy. Other applications may also be able to recognize the 'Explorer Copy' clipboard format and behave accordingly.