Main menu - Folder - Filter - Set filter...


After activating the main menu item "Folder → Filter → set filter..." or the shortcut "Alt+Y" the dialog "Set filter" is opened:



The dialog "Set filter" offers the following possibilities:

Temporary filter

In the group "Temporary filter" a filter can be defined, that is available only once. In the options can be defined which lists (panels and tabs) are influenced by this filter. The temporary filter is only applied to files, not to folders.

Show only the following files

The following input possibilities for the field "Show only the following files" are offered:

After activating the button a selection list is shown, with the last inputs in this field. Clicking a row in this selection list overwrites the contents of the input field with the contents of the clicked row.



Separated by ";" can be filtered for different files (if the option "Regular expression" is not checked). Example: "*.doc;a*.docx;*.txt"

Regular expression

Regular Expressions are text patterns, that can be used for searching a text, in this case for filtering file names.

The following links can be used to find further information on regular expressions:

http://www.regular-expressions.info/quickstart.html

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/az24scfc.aspx

If the option "Regular expression" is checked, the content of the field "Show only the following files" is interpreted as regular expression. Clicking the button (when the focus is in the field "Show only the following files", and the option "Regular expression" is checked) a pop up menu is opened with tips on the use of regular expressions in the field "Show only the following files".



The shown pattern "^K.+[0-9]+\.(?-i)[A-Z]{3}$" is interpreted as follows:

The file name has to start with ("^") "K" ("K"). The "K" is not case sensitive. The "K" has to be followed by at least one arbitrary character (".+").

At least one number has to exist ("[0-9]+"), followed by a dot ("\."). From here on case sensitivity is required ("(?-i)"). After the dot a upper case character ("[A-Z]") has to exist exactly three times ("{3}") at the end of the name ("$").

Use for both lists

If the option "Use for both lists" is checked, the temporary filter is applied to the active tabs in both panels. If the option "Use for all tabs" is additionally checked, the filter is applied to all tabs in both panels.

Use for all tabs

If the option "Use for all tabs" is checked, the temporary filter is applied to all tabs in the active panel. If the option "Use for both lists" is additionally checked, the filter is applied to all tabs in both panels.

*.* All files

Clicking the button "*.* All files" deactivates the filtering for all lists (set in the options).

Apply the temporary filter

Clicking the "OK" button applies the temporary filter to the lists (set in the options).

Exception: The "Show only the following files" field is empty and a reusable filter is selected. Only in this case a selected reusable filter is applied.

If the "Show only the following files" field is empty and no reusable filter is selected, the filtering is stopped for all lists (set in the options).

The font color of the address bar can be highlighted, to mark that a filter is active. This can be defined under the main menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Address bar → Color/Font" in the settings "Folder Path Filtered - Active Panel" and "Folder Path Filtered - Inactive Panel".

Set filter off

The following possibilities are offered to set the filter off:

Apply a reusable filter

In the group "Reusable filters" a list of all reusable filters (defined in the dialog "Define filter") is shown.

If a reusable filter is selected (and the "Show only the following files" field is empty), this filter is applied after clicking the button "OK".

The font color of the address bar can be highlighted, to mark that a filter is active. This can be defined under the main menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Address bar → Color/Font" in the settings "Folder Path Filtered - Active Panel" and "Folder Path Filtered - Inactive Panel".

Define reusable filters

Clicking the "Define..." button in the "Set filter" dialog opens the dialog "Define filters". The "Define filters" window is structured as follows:

Tab General



The tab "General" offers the following possibilities to define the filter, highlighted in the "List of reusable filters":

After activating the button a selection list is shown, with the last inputs in this field. Clicking a row in this selection list overwrites the contents of the input field with the contents of the clicked row.

After activating the button a selection list is shown, with the last inputs in this field. Clicking a row in this selection list overwrites the contents of the input field with the contents of the clicked row.

Tab Date



Under the tab "Date" can be defined that only files and folders match the filter (highlighted in the "List of reusable filters") whose timestamps lie in a certain interval.

Tab Attribute/Size



Under the tab "Attributes" can be defined that only files and folders with certain attributes and/or a certain size match the filter (highlighted in the "List of reusable filters"). Additionally can be defined, if files and/or folders are filtered.

The following possibilities are offered, if the option "Attributes" is checked:

influence the filter via the state of their preceding check box as follows:

If the option "File size" is checked, the filter can be limited to files with a size between "Min" and "Max" "Units". Example: Min: 200kB - Max: 3MB.

List of reusable filters

The following buttons are available for editing the list of reusable filters: