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Very use­ful util­ity for the file opener/saver dia­log boxes in Windows.

Here's a nifty lit­tle util­ity that allows you to set most often-used fold­ers on your PC and access them quickly from a FILE OPEN dia­logue box.

These lit­tle icons appear in all the File –> Open boxes in Win­dows. Which is very handy. Among the sev­eral cus­tomiza­tions you can make to this oft-used file dia­log box is the abil­ity to auto­mat­i­cally sort the file names by name, date, size, or type, and the abil­ity to see the file names in Details or Thumb­nails views. (Btw, the skin you see in that screen­shot above is from Fly­aki­teosx).

How to Change FbX But­ton Images

You can tell a util­ity is well coded if you can cus­tomize it to your tastes. I have changed the icons that come with the tool as default (which are some­what Win3.1-ish). This is sim­ple. In the folder where you installed File­Box eXten­der, there's a sub-folder named ICONS. Inside that are sev­eral stan­dard for­mat Win­dows icon files (with the exten­sion .ICO). Copy a pair of these files into the main pro­gram folder, and then rename them to FAVORITE.ICO and RECENT.ICO. Now exit and restart File­Box eXten­der. (In some cases you will have to reboot your machine — exit­ing and restart­ing the pro­gram may not be enough to effect the change). That's it. Your new icons should now appear.

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Neat lit­tle tip to see size of your folders.

Want to see the size of your fold­ers and not just files in your Win­dows XP Explorer listings?

If you are inter­ested, Sequoia View is a very use­ful tool to do some nifty things with your fold­ers. Other than that, this fol­low­ing note is now show­ing its age. If sort­ing and such is not nec­es­sary, a sim­ple mouse-over your fold­ers in Explorer will show you a tooltip with an approx­i­mate size of your direc­to­ries. The menu option Tools --> Options --> View --> Show file size in folder tips should let you con­trol the behav­ior of this tooltip.

Well it's prob­a­bly a sim­ple fea­ture that the Win­dows team at Microsoft for­got to include, so Mark Dormer has a solu­tion. Just down­load his tiny DLL file:

It's an EXE file. All you really have to do is:

  1. Copy the file to your c:\windows\system32 folder.
  2. Exe­cute the fol­low­ing com­mand in Start –> Run dia­logue box and you're ready to roll:
    regsvr32 c:\windows\system32\dirsize.dll
  3. Now open Explorer in details view, you wont see the col­umn yet. Right click on a head­ing in the right pane and select "Folder Size".

Cou­ple of Caveats

  • Cal­cu­lat­ing folder size is a tur­tle on very large fold­ers with lots of sub­fold­ers. There's no index­ing built into this.
  • As much you and I would like, this tool doesn't do sort­ing of fold­ers based on the folder size. You may want to give another util­ity a try, the Folder Shell Exten­sion.

Cou­ple of Tips

  • To apply this set­ting for all the folder, click Tools, Folder Options. In the View tab and click Apply to all folders.
  • To remove the fea­ture, sim­ply un–reg­is­ter the DLL later with the fol­low­ing com­mand (ignore error mes­sages if any) – 
    regsvr32 /u %Systemroot%\System32\Dirsize.dll

Hope this helps.

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