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The Navigation Pane

The Navigation Pane

As an OFM, FileVoyager’s Main Interface is composed of two Navigation Pane.
Each of those Navigation Panes contain more or less the same functionalities as those found in Windows’ File Explorer.

A Navigation Pane is composed as follow:

Legend

  1. The Pane
  2. The Pane Toolbar
  3. The Bread Crumb address
  4. The Column Header
  5. The List
  6. The Folder Tabs
  7. The Info Pane
  8. The Drive Pane button
  9. The Tree Pane button

The Pane Tabs

In normal state, two tabs are showing: Exploration and Preview.
If the user enters the Search, an additional and temporary tabs appears: the Search tab.

The Exploration tab shows the Navigation Pane.
The Preview tab shows the Viewer rendering the file from the opposite Navigation Pane.
The Search tab shows the search form. It is appearance is temporary, because as soon as the search is closed, the tab disappears.

The Pane Toolbar

This toolbar contains actions that can be done on the files and folders listed.

  1. Grip. Used to drag and move the toolbar
  2. Cut to clipboard. Cut selected items to the clipboard.
  3. Copy to clipboard. Copy selected items to the clipboard.
  4. Paste from clipboard. Paste items from the clipboard into the current folder.
  5. Recycle Bin. Delete selected items by sending them to the Recycle Bin. Deleting items this way gives the possibility to restore them from the Recycle Bin.
  6. Kill. Delete selected items without sending them to the Recycle Bin. Deleting items this way doesn’t allow them to be restored (except by using specific tools).
  7. Details. Display the pane in details mode.
  8. Large Report. Display the pane in details mode with thumbnails.
  9. Icons. Display the pane in icon mode.
  10. List. Display the pane in list mode.
  11. Thumbnails. Display the pane in thumbnails mode.
  12. Thumb Flow. Display the pane in Details mode under a 3D view showing thumbnails.
  13. Go to Root. Navigate to the root of the current path.
    1. When in a path beginning with a drive letter, the root is the drive letter.
      e.g. for “C:\MyFolder\MySubfolder” the root is “C:\”
      But when inside an archive, the root is the archive’s root
      e.g. for “C:\MyFolder\MyArchive.ZIP\MyZipFolder” the root is “C:\MyFolder\MyArchive.ZIP\”
      When in an FTP(S), the root is the hostname part.
      e.g. “ftp://192.168.0.3/MyFTPFolder/MyFTPSubFolder” becomes ftp://192.168.0.3/
      When in an UNC path, the root is the top level folder.
      e.g. “\\192.168.0.3\MySharedFolder\ASubFolder” becomes \\192.168.0.3\MySharedFolder\
  14. Go up. Navigate to the upper folder.
  15. Refresh. Update the item’s listing by re-reading the source content.
  16. History. Display a list of the most recent visited path.
  17. Backward. Navigate to the previous visited path.
    Clicking the small dropdown arrow displays a context menu with the previous visited path. It begins with the most recent.
  18. Forward. Navigate to the following visited path.
    Clicking the small dropdown arrow displays a context menu with the previous visited path. It begins with the most recent.

The Bread Crumb address

The BreadCrumb shows the path of the current listed folder. Each element of the path are clickable.
The arrows, when clicked, display a “menu” listing of the subfolders that precedes the arrow.
Even inside the “menu” listing, an item that contains subfolders can itself show a menu listing its children.

The Address Bar is a Crumb Bar that can be deployed on multiple levels, without a single click

The Column Header

Visible only in Details mode, it shows the names of the columns.
When clicked, i twill sort the list. When a small arrow appears next to a column name, it means that the list is sorted given the values in that column. The direction of the arrow indicates the sort order.
When clicking a column header that is already used to sort, the sort order will be inverted.

The List

Displays the content of the current folder. See The Pane Toolbar to see how one can manipulates the list.

The Folder Tabs

Each list can have more than one folder listed. The tabs act as bookmark to a folder.

  1. Pressing this icon will create a new tab which is a copy of the last navigated tab.
  2. The inactive tabs.
  3. The active tab. Only one at a time. The tab that is effectively showing its content.
  4. The x icon on each tab closes the tab when click. One can also Double Click a tab to close it.
  5. The empty space behind the last tab. When Double Clicked, a new tab is created as in 1.

When Right Clicking somewhere in the Folder Tabs region, a context menu appears.

  • Create new tab will create a new tab and activate its content
  • Create new tab back will create a new tab but left it inactivated
  • Toggle lock allow to lock/unlock a tab. When a tab is locked, a “lock” icon appears in the tab.
    When a tab is locked and the user changes the path, the locked tab is kept and the new path appears in a new created tab.
  • Close this tab closes the tab on which the Right Click has been done. If the Right Click is done on the empty space, it will have no effect
  • Unlock all tabs will unlock all locked tabs
  • Show or hide Folder Tabs will hide the Folder Tabs. The user that has hidden the Folder Tabs can show it again through the Ribbon or the toolbar (In Classic UI)

The Info Pane

The info Pane gives a few useful information.

  1. Gives information on the selected items. The syntax is the following:
    1. Number of selected items
    2. Between parentheses,
      1. the number of selected files
      2. the number of selected folders
      3. the number of selected virtual items (e.g. Control Panel)
    3. After the big dot (•), the size of the selected items. If folders are selected, their content is not computed for this size. Only the visible files are taken into account.
      The size is displayed also in bytes between the parentheses.
  2. A gauge showing the percentage of used disk space. The color varies dynamically. The greener, the more free space. The more red, the more used space.
  3. Describes what the folder contain:
    1. Number of items
    2. Between parentheses:
      1. the number of folders
      2. the number of files with their total size
  4. Info on the current disk
    1. The free size, and between parentheses, the same size given in bytes
    2. The total size, and between parentheses, the same size given in bytes

The Drive Pane button

This long button acts as a drawer. When clicked, or hovered during a drag drop operation, it displays the Drive Pane. The Drive Pane is a group of button that navigates the list when click.

Exploration panel has a disk list. By default hidden. Can be expanded or collapsed by clicking the blue arrow on the right side of the panel. Its disappear automatically when focus is given to another element

The Drive Pane contains three categories

  1. The Mapped drives: one button per drive in the system.
    To navigate to the path, one can either click a button, or press the keyboard letter corresponding to the drive letter.
    During a Drag and Drop operation, those buttons can be destinations.
    When a button is pressed and one has already navigated that drive, the last path navigated in that drive is shown.
  2. The Virtuals: Buttons leading to virtual folders.
    To navigate to the path, one can either click a button, or press the numeric pad of the keyboard where:

    • 0 corresponds to the Desktop
    • 1 corresponds to My PC or My Computer (before Win 8)
    • 2 corresponds to the Network
    • 4 corresponds to the Control Panel
  3. User: It contains only one button that opens the Favorites Manager.

The Tree Pane button

This long button acts as a drawer. When clicked, or hovered during a drag drop operation, it displays the Tree Pane. The Tree Pane contains a treeview representation of the filesystem.

The nodes in the Tree can serve as potential Drag and Drop destinations

Exploration panel has a folder tree. By default hidden. Can be expanded or collapsed by clicking the blue arrow on the left side of the panel

The Navigation Pane was last modified: November 26th, 2016 by FileVoyager

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