Tips for Getting Started:
Most of the time, using File-Ex is as simple as just installing it -- it automatically "works" whenever you open or
save a file in your favorite applications.
Sometimes, however, you might not see any differences in the file Open and Save dialogs. These tips explain why and how to fix it.
- "All I can see is the configuration dialog -- how do I use the program?"
Understand that File-Ex is not a stand alone file manager. It only functions as an enhancement to file dialogs, and runs in the background waiting
for file dialogs to appear.
The icon you see in the task bar tray can be used for configuration and other File-Ex functions, but to actually see it "do something", you need
to use the File / Open or File / Save As functions in another program. Some easy ones to test with are the Windows "Accessories" Programs,
Notepad and Wordpad.
For more details, see the "What File-Ex Does" section of the Help file or Readme file installed with File-Ex. You can find links to these
on your Start / Programs / File-Ex menu.
- If you don't see File-Ex enhancements when doing File / Open in the Windows Notepad application
Notepad is a good "generic" application for making sure File-Ex is running properly. If it doesn't work here, then there are a few possibilities:
- Make sure File-Ex is running. If you see the "FE" icon in your task bar tray, and if it doesn't have any red lines through it (indicating
that it's disabled), then it's running.
- Make sure File-Ex hasn't been disabled for Notepad by accident. Check the "Disabled Dialogs" tab of File-Ex configuration, and also
check the "Trained Applications" to see if it has been trained to ignore Notepad (if you see a Notepad entry, make sure the "use File-Ex" option
- Finally, It's possible that File-Ex is being rendered inoperable by another program. File-Ex can be effectively disabled by a bug in another program --
there are several programs that use the same hook technology that File-Ex
uses, but due to a bug in their program they end up disabling File-Ex (or any other software using hooks). This is usually caused by some other
"enhancement" utility, such as mouse or keyboard enhancers, macro programs, shell enhancements, etc. To figure out which one is causing it, you'll need
to close/disable anything you suspect, then close/restart File-Ex. If it works now, then restart other programs and test File-Ex after each one.
- MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
These applications don't use the "common" file dialogs, so they won't be automatically enhanced. However, File-Ex can be easily trained
to work with them. Better yet, pre-trained templates are included for English (and German) versions of MS Office,
so you only need to Import the appropriate template for your version.
To import a template:
- Click on the File-Ex tray icon to open the File-Ex Configuration dialog
- Click on the "Trained Applications" tab
- Click the "Import" button
- Select the version of Office or Outlook that you use (if you don't see them listed, then you may need to locate the File-Ex data folder
where the templates were installed).
By the way, the Office XP template works for Office 2003 as well.
If a template isn't included for your language of MS Office, then you can either train the dialogs yourself (see the help file
for simple step-by-step training instructions), or you can take a shortcut in most cases:
- Import the English version template as above, for your version of Office or Outlook.
- Double-click on one of the dialogs listed for an application you use to Edit it.
- Change the "Match Dialog Title" entry to match the name of the dialog in your language. (You may need to open the corresponding dialog
in the application to get the correct name for some of them.)
Note for Office XP/2002/2003: Only the first letter of the dialog title should be entered.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each dialog that you plan to use.
- Corel applications (Word Perfect, Ventura, DRAW, etc.)
Most versions of Corel applications don't use the "common" file dialogs, but some use dialogs that look close enough to the common ones
to File-Ex that they are enhanced automatically. In some cases, this doesn't work because of the minor differences, so File-Ex needs to be
trained for them anyway. For simple training instructions, see the help file.
- If it still doesn't seem to work...
Check the Known Issues & Solutions page to see if there are any specific issues regarding your applications.