Need to quickly find a file/folder in your current directory?
Simply click the first letter of the file/folder you are trying to find on the AlphaFindV4 toolbar.
Why do I use it?
A. I often remote desktop with my android tablet using the Splashtop app. I find it much easier to navigate through folders using my Alphafindv4 toolbar with Splashtop's Trackpad mode enabled. My android keyboard takes up 50% of the screen, I rather not use it if I can help it.
When you want to find a file or folder you can type the first letter(s) of the name.
When you use the prefix * (asterisk) you filter on those letters.
If you did not hit Enter after typing the filter string (the filter textbox at the bottom stays open), pressing ESC will clear the filter.
Did you hit Enter (the filter textbox disappeared) then refresh using the F5 key will also clear the filter.
I am one of the rare (eccentric? ;D) people who find this very useful - especially in a folder full of 250+ mp3 folders it gets me exactly where I want to go without scrolling on end. Many thanks for that!
It may not be widely used because there are built-in functions. As I pointed out in an earlier post, you do not need toolbar. If you know which folder you want then you just type the first letter(s) and you jump directly to the folder starting with that letter.
If you use the asterisk than meets part of the name. If you are looking for a particular file or folder, then grouping by the first letter is not very useful. Especially not if you have hundreds of files with that letter.
I have one too and I love it. I don't always have my keyboard on my lap (yes, I recline in a home theater chair ). So being able to quickly filter Files or Folders is very handy for me. I can click the top filter icon's to disable all filters. Plus those top icons help indicate which column is for Folders and which is for Files.
I'm not sure anymore if I used the posted script from the OP or if it was from someone else.
I guess I am more of a mouse person anyway - using Photoshop a lot. Plus I have three cats and there is a good chance one or two decide to take a nap on my lap LOL - now try typing with one hand, yikes
And I often work on a smaller laptop due to back pain when sitting at my desk. The laptop's fine, just the keyboard is really really tiny and does not compare to my wave pro keyboard.
Vertical layout looks really interesting, maybe I play with that! Since I have only a 10 inch screen on the laptop I have to use space wisely.
If it's useful to you at all, for the "toolbar close' X button on each toolbar, you can also run a command like toolbar local close name=*this... (you'd probably want to remove the 'local' arg since you seem to be toggling them 'on' globally and not locally). I just find it useful since if I add new toolbars I just copy that button to the new one, and if I rename toolbars - I don't have to go edit the close button on a renamed toolbar to reference the new name.
I quite like your layout jhn431 - I might copy that for my large display. I currently have a dropdown that lists all toolbars - since I keep too many backups LOL I might need to re-organize my launching.
Steje your code is very handy too, thank you.
I suppose the main disadvantage here over the "old" version is that one has to turn partial matching off. If one could quick filter on just the first letter would be ideal with partial matching enabled.