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I see this with Everything.


Note that Everything result number 1 is installed in c:\program files\Everything, 64bit, icon is wrong. Result number 2 is portable Everything located in a search folder known to FARR, icon is correct

I am running windows 10.

Find And Run Robot / Bug: drag and drop files doesn't always work
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:22 AM »
I've noticed that sometimes drag and drop is not working as intended. I can usually find a file in FARR, drag it from the search results and drop it to some other app to do an action.
For example dragging an mp3 to foobar2000 will add it to the playlist, dragging any file to desktop will copy it there etc.

I've noticed that it doesn't always work, for example dragging and dropping to a new message window in Outlook doesn't do anything. I expect it to attach the file to the message.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Possibility to chain searches?
« on: August 14, 2017, 01:45 PM »
There is an alias setup that enables you to do a similar thing.
ie, you find the file and append . to the search string and the result list is replaced with a menu of programs to run on the file.
it should be configurable per filename extension etc, and you need to play a little with FARR aliases.

Here is the link to the original thread, it has all the details:

I've tried playing with the settings a bit.
This is only apparent when using "Large icon slides"

My settings are as follows:
Results display style: Large icon slides

Max entries to display in normal result list: 100
Max entries to display in extended results list: 100
Max size to grow results window: 9

Switch from Large to Small Icons on DirLists - Off
Switch from Large to Small Icons to Fit Results - Off

If I switch Results display style to Small Icon Report then it's ok,
If I turn on the Switch from Large to Small Icons to Fit Results then it's ok.
But results are displayed in a condensed list, which I personally don't like :)

If I set Max entries to display in normal result list to 9, which is equal to Max size to grow, then it's ok, but then there is only 9 results.

Can you make the Large Icon Slides calculate window height correctly?

I guess i am just used to launch FARR search panel and type my program of file name without trying to remember which modifier for which folders or files is set.
That is all fine, but you have to take into consideration that FARR is not designed to search over large sets of files/folders, and forcing it to do so will just ruin the experience.
Also if you think about it, you'll have your search modifiers commited to muscle memory in no time, so that will become almost a non issue. I don't event think about what modifier is for what, just type and the right stuff happens.

I know it's a hassle having to deal with this, but when you think about it, you can probably get away with two or three different modifiers, depending on your setup. For example a separate modifier for network mounted drives, since they're slow by default. And one for large collections of files (ie music, documents or whatever)

Other thing you can do is try to narrow down the search, when defining search folders. For example I have a folder where I keep all my source code for projects, work and stuff, and it is a huge collection of files (19 GB, 150 000 files, over 29000 folders). However, when I want to launch something from there it is usually just the solution, or project file, and it is normally found 2 or 3 levels deep in the folder structure. So I have added file extension restritions to only include *.sln and *.csproj files, 4 levels deep into the folder structure, and now it is blazing fast - and it works awesome.

If you can't do that you can narrow the search by excluding files from folders, for example you will almost never want to launch a *.dll file, so add it to extension restriction (with a minus: -dll) so it will skip those files.

As I said, it depends on your setup.

Additional benefit is that when you actually launch something from the folders that are not included in the search by default, it gets added to launch history, and FARR promptly offers the same results in default search.

I have a similar set of folders, but I've taken a different approach, using modifier keywords. That way by default FARR doesn't search those folders, unless I explicitly want to.
So for example my music folder has a modifier keyword "music", and if I want to search music I just append +music to the search. That causes FARR to search only my music folders. Note you can have multiple folders with same keyword modifier, and multiple modifiers for same folders, so this is really flexible.
Similarly I have search modifier keywords for work documents (+w), dropbox (+db), code (+cc), etc.

I am just wodnering, what is included in your search folders? I am asking because most of the time I don't have time to see what folder is being searched currenlty, let alone pressing shortcuts to skip it.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« on: July 24, 2017, 08:24 AM »
1) Another aproach would be to create an alias with a list of tools you use regularly, and have it shown as default when you open FARR.
(Options/History options, Blank search shows files from launch history, or as if the search string was...)

2) If you don't like farr showing results, or want to actually show history on launch,
- assign a short regex to the alias (something like ff or jj) so you can bring it up easily.
- You can assign a custom hotkey to FARR and have it be launched with that alias already called.

From there you can use alt+number shortcut to launch items directly

Find And Run Robot / Re: Assign hotkeys to user-toolbar items
« on: July 21, 2017, 09:02 AM »
Honestly, I don't see the benefit in that. If you have farr toolbar items in farr just to launch stuff, you would have to launch farr (lets say alt-space) and then hit another short cut to launch a toolbar program - ctrl+shift+1 or whatever. That's two shortcuts instead of one :)

I would rather create an autohotkey script that would just launch stuff with a hotkey...

I've noticed a bug with the display of result list.
When scrolling trough results with keyboard, the list doesn't scroll down to show the selected item.

Steps to reproduce:
  • Search for something that has more than 9 results (or whaterver results are visible in the list)
  • Press keyboard down arrow to browse trough the list
  • Try to press down to select item that is offscreen (ie. the 10th item in my example)

The item is actually selected, but you can't see what is selected, because the list doesn't scroll to show the selected item.
If you now press the up key on the keyboard and try to go past the first item, the selected item is now the last item in the list, and the list scrolls to show it. When pressing up further the list follows the selected item.

So works for up, broken for down.

I hope someone understood my rambling.   :-[

Find And Run Robot / Re: Display issue after latest update
« on: May 31, 2017, 02:06 AM »
It works for me, on both machines (high dpi and regular dpi)  :Thmbsup:

Find And Run Robot / Re: Display issue after latest update
« on: May 30, 2017, 07:42 AM »
I will fix.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Display issue after latest update
« on: May 26, 2017, 09:43 AM »
No problem,

so, after I bring up FARR first time after it starts, I get the screenshot I posted above.
After a search (I didn't resize the window manually or anything, just typed in the search string), it looks like this:


Every subsequent launch of FARR brings up this:


Find And Run Robot / Re: Display issue after latest update
« on: May 26, 2017, 07:04 AM »
Hi, this happens on both of my machines, both are windows 10 x64
One of them has a high dpi monitor and scaling set to 200%
The other has "regular" dpi monitor and scaling set to 100%

Find And Run Robot / Display issue after latest update
« on: May 26, 2017, 02:55 AM »
Hi, after the latest update I noticed a small display issue with FARR.

Basically, after the first start the window looks like this:

After the first search, it resets back to normal, and then it works normally until FARR process is restarted.

I even use dynamic search folders
Nice  :Thmbsup:

I did it on specific alias files. The files actually live in dropbox, and the symlink is in C:\Users\<user>\Documents\DonationCoder\FindAndRunRobot\AliasGroups\MyCustom.
I didn't want to share the entire folder, because I have some computer specific aliases that I use.

I've created the symlink using mklink tool in cmd, basically:
mklink C:\Users\<user>\Documents\DonationCoder\FindAndRunRobot\AliasGroups\MyCustom\myshared.alias D:\Dropbox\Apps\FARR\Shared aliases\myshared.alias

I don't share search folders because I didn't see a way to get them out of the FindAndRunRobot.ini file, which I didn't want to share across computers.
But I do have some aliases that rely on sharing search folders. I've gotten arround that by using search folder modifiers and user variables.

For example, I have a shared alias that searches my dropbox folder, which is basically just
dosearch +dropbox
, and on every computer I added a search folder with path to dropbox folder for that pc with a modifer of dropbox.

Similar thing with aliases that rely on some app. For example I have an alias that opens the hosts file in a elevated text editor, and for the actual editor i use a user variable. So this is the alias:
%uservar.Common.EditorSingle% "C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts" /runasadmin
and the EditorSingle user variable is set point to text editor executable on each pc. (On one pc it's Notepad++, on another is Vim, on the third one is portable Notepad, etc)

This works for me, but I don't change the search folders and user variables that often, and on a new pc i just copy the settings from an existing one and modify once.

In that light I would maybe propose that the settings file be split up into multiple files, and the criteria is what is generic and what is computer specific. So basically just extract SearchFolders and User variables to separate files.

FWIW I basically only share aliases across computers. I did that via dropbox and symlinks. FARR is installed in default location (program files) and i've symlinked the shared aliases file from %mydocuments%/DonationCoder/FindAndRunRobot/Aliases to a dropbox folder. Works really well as I have a bunch of shared universal aliases which I update from time to time and don't change the rest of the settings at all.
And the rest of the settings (like search folders, user variables, search history etc) are really computer specific so I don't share them.

Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR updates ?
« on: February 23, 2017, 03:25 AM »
Microsoft will push an update to windows 10 soon that promises to fix some of the high DPI scaling issues, that might fix the issues for users that are up to date with their windows installations. More info here

I have a 2736×1824 px screen on my surface 4, not sure if that classifies as retina, but it is a higher dpi than my regular screens. Also font scaling is set to 200%.
Anywhay, this is how it looks:


Maybe you're having trouble with the theme?

I have a similar setup using dropbox.
I don't run into trouble with changing settings, since i rarely change them anymore. However, I do change aliases a bit. So I have a shared alias file that I symlinked from %appdata% to dropbox shared folder. This works well because FARR seems to instantly notice the change in alias. I am not sure if aliases are actually kept in memory, or loaded from disk every time they're required, but I works, and I'm happy.

I have a similar setup on each pc but there are some differences in text editors of choice etc. If any alias is using such a tool then I leverage user variables to define paths to tools.
I only have one or two for now, mainly a text editor, but that is beside the point.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Start FARR emtpy?
« on: May 07, 2016, 04:18 AM »
It is this option:

2016-05-07 11_16_32-Options.png

Find And Run Robot / Re: Alternatives / Competition
« on: May 05, 2016, 02:02 AM »
I like the integrated plugin manager in wox, being completely keyboard driven, even though it is a bit needy with all the confirmation dialogs (do you want to install plugin xxx? will now download plugin xxx? will now install plugin? will now restart wox?)

However, I found that a number of plugins that looked interesting to me just didn't work. And I couldn't get it to target a search to a specified folder (ie. just search my folder with code for solution files or something like that).

I also like the fact that it is open source and written in c#, to which I could actually contribute something.

But I also think that FARR is a much stronger beast than wox, with powerfull aliases and plugins, and a simple but really flexible search model (with custom scoring, targeted folders etc).

I have not tested it, but I think this options should get you really close to what you want.
From my understanding, you will get the alias mathces and the results of any other searches in the same list.

FARR options.png

[Edit: added image as attachment, rather than link]

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