Options - File Manager

Index of File Manager Options


Close SPFLite with last tab ?

Confirm file Deletes ?

Display File Manager Help ?

Highlight Recent / Active dates?

Specify optional columns and their order

Enter filename extensions considered to be Non-Text files

No. files in recent lists

Default File Open Directory

Width of Command Line area (Min 5)

Width of Note column area (Min 5)

Initial FM column sort

Directory Placement



Close SPFLite with last tab ?


If this box is checked, then an END command on the last open Edit/Browse tab will terminate SPFLite..  


If not selected, then following the close of the last active Edit/Browse tab, you will be switched to the File Manager Tab.  Note also that if you right-click any file tab or File Manager tab, it is treated exactly the same as if an END command were issued for that file or for the File Manager.



Confirm file Deletes ?


If this box is checked, then each Delete or Purge action selected for a file will result in a confirmation prompt before the file is actually processed.  Files are deleted with the D line command and the CANCEL DELETE primary command; and are purged with the U line command and the CANCEL PURGE primary command.


The confirmation will tell you whether the file will be Recycled or will be Purged (permanently deleted) depending on the Recycle option you have set, and gives you a chance to change your mind by clicking No.


If not selected, the Delete or Purge will proceed without this prompt.  Because this helps you avoid deleting files by mistake, you are encouraged to enable this option.


Display File Manager Help ?


If this box is checked, when the File Manager is activated it will display a Help legend at the bottom of the screen, showing File Manager line command codes and other information.  Once you have used File Manager for a while and can remember these codes, the Help display lines can be removed to reclaim some screen space for displaying more file names, by unchecking this box.


Highlight Recent / Active dates ?


If this box is checked, then the file dates in the FM list will be color coded to highlight the files which have been accessed most recently.  This highlighting is based on two date 'boundaries':

The Active Date/Time

This is the Date / Time the current SPFLite session was started.   Files which have been modified since this time will have their Date / Time value highlighted using your specified color values for RED highlighting.

The Recent Date/Time

This is set to 12:01 AM of the previous day (based on when SPFLite is started).   Files which have been modified since this time will have their Date / Time value highlighted using your specified color values for BLUE highlighting.


For information on setting the specific colors for RED and BLUE highlighting see  Options -> Screen -> Screen Colors


Specify optional columns and their order

In this box, enter from left to right, the optional File Manager information columns you wish to be displayed.  The available columns are:

This column will contain the file extension as a separate column.  Only the first 8 characters of an extension will be displayed if the extension is longer. The extension will still be displayed normally as part of the normal filename display.

This column will contain the number of data lines in the file.  This will only occur if:


Details on STATE handling can be found in Saving the Edit STATE


This column will have the last modified date of the file in the format. e.g.  YYYY-MM-DD.

This column will have the last modified date of the file in the format. e.g.  YYYY-MM-DD  HH:MM.

This column will have the size of the file in abbreviated Byte format. e.g.   789, 12.3K, 123.4M etc.

This column will have the size of the file in detailed Byte format. e.g.   9,999,999,999.

This column is available for you to record small notes, memos, etc. related to the file.  It will be a scrollable window, the maximum size of the note is 255 characters.


The selected columns will appear to the right of the filename column, in the order you specify them.  The filename column width will be adjusted to use the remaining width of the screen after allocating your requested columns.



Enter filename extensions considered to be Non-Text files


When using the FF (Find in Files) command in File Manager, there are certain file types you probably do not wish to search, such EXE and DLL files, and other binary file types.   If you specify their file extensions here, the FF command will not search files of these types; that will speed up the search process, and will prevent SPFLite from trying to create default profiles for file types you never edit.


Because file types you do not want searched by FF are most likely binary files, they are the same kinds of files that you would not want to be modified by a NUMBER or RENUM sequence numbering command.  For that reason, the sequence numbering commands consider any non-text file type you list here as being "exempt" from being numbered or renumbered.  


See Working with Sequence Numbering for more information.


No. files in recent lists


This setting specifies the maximum number of files to be retained in the Recent Files and Recent Paths file lists.  The lists will automatically retain this number of entries, and remove older, less used entries from the list.  The maximum value you can use is 99.


Default File Open Directory


This setting allows you to choose one of two Directories to use as the Default when SPFLite attempts to Open or Save a file.


Width of Command Line area (Min 5)

If you often use longer FM line commands, you can widen this field, which defaults to a minimum length of 5.  Regardless of the width set for this field, commands you enter will scroll as you type them, so you can still enter any command you need.

Note:  The width of the File Manager's line command area (set in File Manager Options) and the width of the Edit screen's line command area (set in Screen Options) are different settings.  Also, the File Manager's line command area will scroll horizontally, while the Edit screen's line command area does not scroll.


Width of Note Column area (Min 5)

If you utilize the Note support of File Manager, this setting allows you to specify how much space on the file manager screen should be allocated to the display of the Note field.  This does not restrict the size of the note itself, the Note field will scroll to allow viewing/editing of the data.  



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