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Windows 7: ShellFolderFix - Manage folder window positions/size

05 Mar 2010   #151
tweaker

w7-64, w2k
 
 

You'd have to make a (windows) shortcut/link to the exe file, and then edit the Properties of that shortcut and change "Target" to the effect of

J:\myportablestuff\ShellFolderFixUI.exe /portable


I don't know exactly how that portable "distribution" works that you linked to (the information wasn't detailed on the main pages), whether it's a completely boot an whole OS from stick distribution or if it's only running a collection of apps and the USB stick has to be plugged into an existing windows computer.

If I understand it right you plug it in to an existing system and only run apps off of it. For that scenario it doesn't make sense to use the installer, as that one installs on the current windows system (adding registry entries etc. that a normal installer does). It would require a completely installer for portable, that doesn't affect the registry of the host computer, which is a little too much work. The best thing is to just download on of the zip packages, and unzip it in a folder on the USB stick and then create a shortcut to that, and place ther shortcut on that portable app menu thingie or however it works.


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05 Mar 2010   #152
PR1ME

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tweaker View Post
You'd have to make a (windows) shortcut/link to the exe file, and then edit the Properties of that shortcut and change "Target" to the effect of

J:\myportablestuff\ShellFolderFixUI.exe /portable


I don't know exactly how that portable "distribution" works that you linked to (the information wasn't detailed on the main pages), whether it's a completely boot an whole OS from stick distribution or if it's only running a collection of apps and the USB stick has to be plugged into an existing windows computer.

If I understand it right you plug it in to an existing system and only run apps off of it. For that scenario it doesn't make sense to use the installer, as that one installs on the current windows system (adding registry entries etc. that a normal installer does). It would require a completely installer for portable, that doesn't affect the registry of the host computer, which is a little too much work. The best thing is to just download on of the zip packages, and unzip it in a folder on the USB stick and then create a shortcut to that, and place ther shortcut on that portable app menu thingie or however it works.

Yep. Once I did it right, it seems to work. Though it is hard to tell which instance I'm using, since I have it on C and on F. Oh well.

Total thanks. You've improved my computer AND my flashdrive.

To anyone else confused by the "switch" thing: download the .zip version, extract to a folder on your flashdrive, make a shortcut to ShellFolderFixUI.exe from that folder, append " \portable" to the Target portion of the shortcut's Properties, and launch ShellFolderFix with that shortcut. And I did add the shortcut to my portable app launcher (PStart). Ding.

If Windoze7 (which I am slowly learning to hate) hadn't broken Autorun and the Launch batchfile, then my ShellFolderFix and my PStart and my Knot stickynotes programs would all autolaunch whenever I insert the flashdrive. But No. Microsoft broke it. FREAKIN' GRRRR....

Anyway. PortableApps.com is a "bundled suite" of apps along with a little launcher that goes in the systray. (Sort of like PStart, but not as good.) You can download everything individually if you want. There's no rebooting in either case.

Many portable apps are distroed in .zip files because, as you noted, no installer is needed and wouldn't be worth the trouble to build.

If you want, I could post several links of portable app lists, everything from a portable Tor/Firefox bundle to "gpg4usb" to an 'office' suite to fully portable desktop environments. But never any rebooting; they all run under the existing OS.

PR1ME
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06 Mar 2010   #153
CAUGHTUP77

windows 7
 
 
Thanks Again

Tweaker

Thanks again for your GREAT program. Windows 7 would not be tolerable without it!
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06 Mar 2010   #154
cockatoo

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tweaker View Post
New version is available.

Hopefully the version failure of the installer is gone, but if anyone who encountered that issue could try the new one and report back, that would be great.

The installer works OK for me now. Thanks for update.
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06 Mar 2010   #155
tweaker

w7-64, w2k
 
 

Good to hear, thanks!
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06 Mar 2010   #156
taavi47

windows 7
 
 

Thanks again for your GREAT program.

It would be good if the "Close all folders" it could quickly close the keyboard, an example of the Ctrl-Z ....
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17 Mar 2010   #157
K1Starr

Windows 7
 
 
Opening window parent's position

I remember, in previous versions of windows, clicking on a folder icon in one Explorer window in order to open a new "child" window in that parent window's position. Or, I opened the window in some other way, like with a desktop shortcut, in which case there is no parent present, and the new window would, with luck, open where it was when last closed. (Note: A child folder is not necessarily a folder that is subjacent to the current working folder in the directory structure. A child folder is not the same as a child window, it is merely a new window opened by clicking a folder shown in the previous window).

It is rather disorienting to my aging brain when I open a window, expecting it to open in place of the parent window that I'm looking at, eventually, then notice that the child window is already opened way over on the other side of my 17+" laptop screen. Then I wonder how long it's been there, and whether anyone else has noticed.

OK slight exaggeration. But really, Windows XP normally opened new "child" windows in the place, size, and position of the parent window, when I clicked a folder icon in that parent window. That doesn't seem to be what ShellFolderFix is doing on my Windows 7 64-bit laptop, either before or after installing ShellFolderFix.

I notice that nobody else has mentioned this, as though ShellFolderFix were providing the same window behaviour that we had with Windows XP. So I fear I've missed something obvious, ... again. Could someone straighten me out, here? Is there an option to open in the position of the parent, instead of where the child was when it was last closed? If so, is there a way to change the default?

Thanks in advance for your answer.
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17 Mar 2010   #158
tweaker

w7-64, w2k
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by K1Starr View Post
Is there an option to open in place of the parent, instead of where the child was when it was last closed?
Just change the option "When navigating to a new location" to either "Use window as is" or "Temporarily use window as is", that will prevent the window from moving around.
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18 Mar 2010   #159
NoelC

Windows 7 x64
 
 

K1Starr, do you have your system set to open a new window every time you navigate into (i.e., double click) a folder?

I think tweaker's response is based on his having set his system (as I have) to open new folders in the same window.

Hope this helps.

-Noel
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19 Mar 2010   #160
K1Starr

Windows 7
 
 
Appreciation and Compensation

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by toddsparrow View Post
I want to pay you for this app. Seriously. Post a link or PayPal or something.
Hi Tweaker -
I agree with Todd. This is worth a cash token of my appreciation. If you are not already being compensated, I'll help compensate you.
Jerry
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