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What does File-Ex do?

Put simply: File-Ex enhances the file dialogs of your Windows applications so that whenever you click on 'Open' or 'Save As', you get a more useful dialog than the standard Windows one. Even if the application already has a somewhat enhanced dialog, File-Ex can make it better.

Ok, so what does that mean?...

Here is the standard File Open dialog:

With File-Ex, it will look like this:

Windows file open dialog with File-Ex!

Actually, it can be as large as you want (we used a small setting here just to fit most browsers).

Did you notice some extra stuff at the bottom?

What does the extra stuff do?

First of all, there's a row of file management buttons, which are really simple to
use. Just click on the file you want to do something with, and then click the
'action' button. File-Ex will guide you through the rest with simple prompts.
(The "File-Ex" button takes you to Configuration and Help for File-Ex.)

(Note: These buttons are optional, in case you prefer the right-mouse-click method of file
management -- but many people prefer the speed and simplicity of the File-Ex versions.)

Next, there's the file information line. This gives you the file details at a glance.

If no file is selected, it shows the complete path of the current folder and the free disk space.

Finally, there's the Recent Files and Recent Folders lists, and the Favorite Files and Folders lists.

Just click on the 'Recent Files' list arrow button and a list with up to
100 recent fileswill drop down, in order with the most recent at the top.

These are just the files used for the current application!

Below that, though, will be the last 100 files used by ANY application.
This can be handy if you process files with multiple applications (for
example, save a spread sheet in Excel and then import it into Word).

Just click on the file you want from the list, and it will automatically be
selected and ready to open (or save), and even the folder is changed for you.

The Recent Folders list works the same way, so you can easily get back to any
of your most-used folders for the current application or all applications.

Likewise, you can click on a 'Favorites' list arrow button to get to files/folders
you select as you favorite for each application -- up to 100 each!

File-Ex also adds long file name support to old applications!

Do you have some old 16-bit applications that you haven't upgraded yet?

You can tell File-Ex to use long file names for any 16-bit application, and the application won't even know the difference. That means you can see the long names in its Open and Save dialogs, and can even create files with long file names, and the application works fine because File-Ex gives it the short-name equivalent.

What if the application doesn't use the standard dialog to begin with?

No problem! File-Ex can learn to recognize nearly any application's dialog, and either replace it with the new File-Ex dialog, or simply add a File-Ex button to it so the File-Ex functions are easily accessible.

Still not sure why you would need File-Ex?

Here are some more examples of its usefulness:

  • Have you ever started to save a file, and didn't know exactly which folder you were saving it in because Look In only shows one level? The File-Ex information line shows the complete path of the current folder.
  • Have you ever noticed how many steps it takes to create a new folder, then switch to it? The "Make Dir" function in File-Ex will do it all in one step.
  • Have you ever started to open or save a file and noticed some old files in the list that you don't need? Delete them easily with File-Ex, then continue on with your work.
  • Have you ever wanted to make sure you're opening the most recent version of a document? Use the file information to check the time/date of the files in question without changing to Details view.
  • Do you find yourself constantly changing to details view, then resizing the columns to see the full file name? File-Ex can do this automatically.
  • Would you like to see the latest files on top, and without the sub-folders in the way? File-Ex can sort any way you like, automatically, and keep the folders on the top or bottom.
  • Have you ever started to open a file and couldn't figure out where it was? Don't waste your time clicking through folders -- just check your Recent Files list (if you've used it recently), or use the File-Ex Find function to search all of your drives at once.

A few more tidbits:

  • File-Ex is a system-friendly enhancement -- it does not replace any system files, and can be disabled or removed easily.
  • The trial version of File-Ex is fully functional for 30 days of actual use, so you have plenty of time to try it out.
  • Extensive online help tells you all about how it works and how to teach it to recognize new programs.
  • File-Ex is constantly being enhanced, and there is no charge for minor upgrades. We value our customer's input, and we act on it!

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"...And another time: [File-Ex] is really a great tool!"
-- M. Erdner, Germany

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