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Author Topic: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application  (Read 5000 times)

dieguti

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Hi everyone
I would like to access quickly to the folder of a running application.
Anyone knows a shell extension or utility to do this?
Thanks in advance.

AndyM

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2010, 12:17:34 PM »
Are you talking about opening the folder that contains the application's .exe file (eg Word.exe, Excel.exe), or the folder that contains the opened current data file (eg Document.doc, Workbook.xls)?

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010, 01:47:59 PM »
Open Task Manager , Go to Processes Tab,  right click process -> "Open File Location"

or am I missing something?

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010, 02:06:57 PM »
Open Task Manager , Go to Processes Tab,  right click process -> "Open File Location"

or am I missing something?
Depends on the OS one use, isn't it?

An tool like SystemExplorer (DC Link) can provide this feature for XP too.

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010, 07:36:13 PM »
Download HomeFolder from my page:

http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

edit: btw it's only been tested on SDI type applications.  Programs that run in a main window.  I don't much use MDI type apps.  May work but I don't guarantee it.

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2010, 07:29:42 AM »
Are you talking about opening the folder that contains the application's .exe file (eg Word.exe, Excel.exe), or the folder that contains the opened current data file (eg Document.doc, Workbook.xls)?
The folder of the exe application

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2010, 07:30:27 AM »
Open Task Manager , Go to Processes Tab,  right click process -> "Open File Location"

or am I missing something?
I don't have that option in Windows XP

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2010, 07:36:50 AM »
Open Task Manager , Go to Processes Tab,  right click process -> "Open File Location"

or am I missing something?
Depends on the OS one use, isn't it?

An tool like SystemExplorer (DC Link) can provide this feature for XP too.
I have tested it and it does it.
But I'm looking for something less bloated. I'm currently using Process Explorer and I wouldn't like to have two process managers opened.

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2010, 07:45:53 AM »
Download HomeFolder from my page:

http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

edit: btw it's only been tested on SDI type applications.  Programs that run in a main window.  I don't much use MDI type apps.  May work but I don't guarantee it.

A small application and it works great with everything, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Word, etc...
Thank you very much.

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2010, 12:54:28 PM »
Glad it fits the bill. :)

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2010, 05:00:21 AM »
Hi MilesAhead, I have a problem with HomeFolder, it consumes too much CPU (25-35%). It's a Pentium4 with XP SP3.

Screen capture of CPU performance for HomeFolder

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2010, 11:43:56 AM »
Would you try this version?  I commented out the section of the loop where it detects if the FavesSA program is running.  That's likely to be the CPU expensive section.

edit: the reason the file is large is I disabled UPX compression.

edit2: I phased out the FavesSA support as it's a lot of resources for limited functionality.
Also I added some calls after completed functions to reduce memory footprint.  The new
version 1.4 is available on my hotkeys page:

http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

(If it still runs up the CPU let me know. But I suspect the call to ProcessExists() to check if FavesSA is running, in the loop was the resource eater.)

« Last Edit: May 18, 2010, 12:12:02 PM by MilesAhead »

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2010, 04:56:57 AM »
Would you try this version?  I commented out the section of the loop where it detects if the FavesSA program is running.  That's likely to be the CPU expensive section.

edit: the reason the file is large is I disabled UPX compression.

edit2: I phased out the FavesSA support as it's a lot of resources for limited functionality.
Also I added some calls after completed functions to reduce memory footprint.  The new
version 1.4 is available on my hotkeys page:

http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

(If it still runs up the CPU let me know. But I suspect the call to ProcessExists() to check if FavesSA is running, in the loop was the resource eater.)



Hi Milesahead  Great little program only trouble I have with it is Control numpad minus is also the hotkey for decreasing the font size in Chrome.   Control numpad plus being for enlarging the font size.
Any chance of a choice of another hotkey being assigned to your program to cover the problem.
nogojoe
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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2010, 12:19:22 PM »
Would you try this version?  I commented out the section of the loop where it detects if the FavesSA program is running.  That's likely to be the CPU expensive section.

edit: the reason the file is large is I disabled UPX compression.

edit2: I phased out the FavesSA support as it's a lot of resources for limited functionality.
Also I added some calls after completed functions to reduce memory footprint.  The new
version 1.4 is available on my hotkeys page:

http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

(If it still runs up the CPU let me know. But I suspect the call to ProcessExists() to check if FavesSA is running, in the loop was the resource eater.)



Hi Milesahead  Great little program only trouble I have with it is Control numpad minus is also the hotkey for decreasing the font size in Chrome.   Control numpad plus being for enlarging the font size.
Any chance of a choice of another hotkey being assigned to your program to cover the problem.
nogojoe

Thanks, I didn't know about that hotkey. Just started using Chrome myself. I'll fix you up with something soon. :)

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2010, 02:08:36 PM »
HomeFolder 1.5 is available for download on my hotkeys page:

http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

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edit: make sure the build is at least 1.5.0.3
I just fixed the About dialog and .ini file handling of the hotkeys.
Should be working correctly now I hope. :)
The latest has been uploaded.
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Note that it's a small app so I hard wired the Set Hotkey dialog routine to use Sky Blue background color if you have Glass enabled. On XP it just uses the standard theme colors.

btw thanks nogojoe for bringing this up.  Turns out I had a bug common to several other hotkey apps where changing the hotkey didn't clear the old one.

Those are fixed now also. I'll post updates under each title.

« Last Edit: May 19, 2010, 02:34:12 PM by MilesAhead »

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2010, 10:49:05 AM »
Hi MilesAhead,
I tried your HomeFolder 1.5 and it has a fabulous performance.

Thanks for your tools and your time.

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Re: IDEA: Shell extension to open the folder of a running application
« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2010, 12:46:19 PM »
Glad the fix worked.  Enjoy the program. :)