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Author Topic: "Mail" instead of "Thunderbird"  (Read 4528 times)
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« on: November 20, 2009, 01:51:35 PM »

Hello all:
How can I use the word "mail" instead of "Thunderbird" to launch it via FARR. Keep in mind I have no idea how to write an alias...
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 02:42:56 PM »

I have no idea how to write an alias...

neither have I . .
I'd simply make another shortcut for Thunderbird, rename it to 'Mail' & place it somewhere that FARR looks
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009, 02:50:00 PM »

  • Search for thunderbird inside farr.
  • When it comes up in results, right click on it and you'll see the context menu.
  • Choose "Add to group Alias-> new alias group"
  • Name the new alias group "mail".
  • Give it a high score like 2000.
  • Click Ok.
  • All done.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 03:25:45 PM »

  • Search for thunderbird inside farr.
  • When it comes up in results, right click on it and you'll see the context menu.
  • Choose "Add to group Alias-> new alias group"
  • Name the new alias group "mail".
  • Give it a high score like 2000.
  • Click Ok.
  • All done.

Fantastic! That was far easier than I thought it would be. Yay! Now I can do some more tweaking! Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2009, 08:38:02 AM »

I know this is probably covered elsewhere - I did search but it's very difficult to narrow it down:

Can I use FARR to show a particular folder contents (also presumably best done using an alias ?)
e.g. my Note folder to show my current notes
Say with alias NN, FARR will show the just contents of that folder.

If I add NN to the alias as 'Reg expression' just the folder shows & launches (in file manager) if 'opened'
If I add an * to end of the path, no joy either ( E:\Portable\Note\*)

I'm slowly figuring out the interface - lost the alias for a while & then realised it was under 'myaliases.alias'
Was also confused by the two tickboxes - one beside the alias, one top-right but see now that one is for individual aliases & the other for the group (for a beginner who only has one alias in the 'group' - eh, sometimes things sink in slowly!)
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2009, 08:53:17 AM »

it's a bit confusing to get used to, hopefully in the end it will start to get natural.

you can show the contents of a directory by simply typing that directory in the search edit box, like: E:\Portable\Note\

so to make an alias show this more easily, you can create a regex alias that matches like ^nn(.*)$
and in results put: dosearch E:\Portable\Note\ $$1

try that.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2009, 09:07:59 AM »

so to make an alias show this more easily, you can create a regex alias that matches like ^nn(.*)$
and in results put: dosearch E:\Portable\Note\ $$1

try that.

thanks mouser, works a treat thumbs up
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2009, 09:10:24 AM »

the regex and $$1 lets you filter the contents of the directory in case you didn't guess already smiley
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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2009, 09:29:17 AM »

the regex and $$1 lets you filter the contents of the directory in case you didn't guess already smiley

I'll take your word for that lol
if I need to actually filter for filetype at some stage I'll ask again - or is there a resource somewhere for people who dont have a clue ? (i.e. understandable for people who dont have a clue

Going back to the interface - I think what is most confusing (for me still) is that when I go to edit an alias, the window is titled "Edit group alias" and the first field says "Group alias name" - but if I'm editing a single alias that first field should say "Alias name" or if it's doubling up for both single & group aliases it could say "Group or Alias name" (?)
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am I misunderstanding things?
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2009, 09:51:56 AM »

yes, the term Alias "Group" is very confusing, since it is used for many different things.. eventually i need to make this dialog clearer and easier.

as far a learning resource, there are dozens of screencasts here:

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« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2009, 11:05:49 AM »

as far a learning resource, there are dozens of screencasts here:

http://www.donationcoder.com/3ds/

ah yes, thanks - I'll start off with the alias ones - I actually meant though: is there a resource for learning reg-ex for absoloute beginners (that you, or anyone could recommend) ?
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2009, 11:32:28 AM »


one last (?!) query:

I dont seem to be able to give the files in the folder preference (scorewise) and I dont understand the sort either. it's always the same sort but not alphabetical - they appear to be sorted by created date but cause there's currently only a few files I cant be 100% sure of that.

Not that important at the mo but, as I add more files to the folder, it would be helpful to know how that aspect (sort) works & if there's any options there.
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2009, 11:46:32 AM »

Go into options -> Folder Browsing -> Check the "Don't differentially score files in explicit directory browsing mode"
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2009, 12:01:13 PM »

Go into options -> Folder Browsing -> Check the "Don't differentially score files in explicit directory browsing mode"

(a bit of a sheepish) Thanks!
I promise to study options & screencasts before I ask any more questions embarassed smiley
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