File Menu

The operations from the file menu process the (checked) files in the file list, just as the REPLACE and RENAME commands do. Thus you have to execute the FIND command first. The only exception to this rule is the Import operation.

The Import menu entry allows you to open a file with a list of files for import, one file per line. Files must be noted with their full path, relative pathes are not recognized. On Windows, all files must be located on the same drive. If some file names (or directory names) contain non-ascii characters, the file must be utf-8 encoded. Importing a file list is equivalent to the FIND command in that it makes the other commands such as REPLACE available.

The "File" menu allows also to export the result file list to a file for further processing. You will be asked to define the export file name and directory. Every (checked) file in the file list will be written on a new line.

If only a single file is selected (checked), the following view options are made available:

Each of those views will display the assigned encoding of that file, i.e. the character set that will be used to read and write the file. If the actual encoding of a file is incompatible with the assigned encoding, this may result in "funny characters" or error messages.

The application configuration allows you to add encodings, to change the default encoding for unspecified text files or to set the assigned encoding for a particular file type such as HTML files.
However, the views above also allow you to set the encoding for this particular file for the duration of the application session.

The View option highlights the matches of the regular expression on the respective tab. On the Rename tab, or if no pattern has been defined, it simply displays the file.

The Preview option is only available if the "Replace" tab is selected.

You will also find the following operational options:

These commands will operate on the set of checked files in the file list. If you deselect the checkbox of one of those files, that file will not take part.

The tree copy operation may need some more explanation: If the base directory for the find command was c:\base\dir, and you tree copy a file c:\base\dir\subdir\a.file to some other directory c:\elsewhere, it will actually be copied to c:\elsewhere\subdir\a.file. That is, tree copy also copies the files relative directory tree.

The "File" section of the application menu and the context menu of the File List essentially offer the same operations, but with a subtle difference concerning the respective selection model:
Operations called from the application menu processes the checked files, i.e. the entries selected by virtue of the checkboxes in the first column of the file list. The context menu on the other hand acts on the set of highlighted files, i.e. the entries selected by clicking with the mouse.