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Have you tried "Options > Settings > Windows Options > Force FARR window on top"?
Of course it's not a real solution for your problem but maybe it can improve your situation. It does not prevent accidentally setting the focus on another window but at least a single keypress should be enough to re-focus farr again ..... I think...

Probably you're right. As these freezes only occur when my NAS is offline they are likely to be related to some kind of network timeout. And of course I do not(!) blame farr for that! Microsoft's settings for network timeouts are ridiculously long and obviously outdated but honestly, I do not dare to change these settings. Could anybody guarantee there are no adverse side effects? I wouldn't want to replace one problem by another one.

So, I was simply hoping there is an option/setting in farr that could help me to work around or avoid this windows shortcoming. You do not happen to know an option I haven't tried yet? :(


Recently I placed a couple of shortcuts (*.lnk files) on my desktop that point to UNC network paths, e.g. \\NASServer\Share\Folder.
Since that day Farr freezes frequently (but not always) for 10 or 15 seconds while searching the desktop folder when the NAS is offline at that moment.

I think similar topics have already been discussed a couple of times for example here or here:


As far as I can see the problem should be solved by the latest FARR version but I am using the latest version. Am I doing something wrong? I already tried to tweak several options but without success:

Settings > Display Options > Report Columns > Date (can slow display) [_]
Settings > Search Behavior > Do not add network drive paths to launch history [X]
Settings > Search Behavior > Resolve shortcuts when searching [_]
Settings > Search Behavior > Resolve shortcuts when adding items to result list [_]
Settings > Folder Browsing > Use generic icons for folders... [X]
Settings > Tweaks and Debugging > Speed up display by avoiding lookup of some icons [X]
Settings > Tweaks and Debugging > Test icon speed issues by not displaying any icons [_]
Settings > Tweaks and Debugging > Log slow icon lookups in troubleshooting log [X]
Lists > Heuristic Scoring > Recency Date Bonus (slows down search a little) [_]
Settings > Tweaks and Debugging > Do not attempt specific file icon lookup on specific drives [\\NASServer]

Surprisingly the troubleshooting log is empty except for the usual "::: [ Starting Find and Run Robot..." but when I use Sysinternals Process Monitor to capture farrs file operations you can clearly see that it freezes while doing "something" with those UNC network shortcuts.

I guess I'm running out of ideas.  :(

Find And Run Robot / Re: %MYRECENTDOCS% not working?
« on: October 03, 2011, 09:09 PM »
You are right, the code to use it was missing from FARR; i've fixed it in my version, it will be in the next update.  Thanks for the report.

Many thanks for the fix!  :Thmbsup:

Find And Run Robot / Re: %MYRECENTDOCS% not working?
« on: August 10, 2011, 12:00 AM »
[...] Thanks for the report.

It's just the other way round - I have to thank you!  :)

Find And Run Robot / %MYRECENTDOCS% not working?
« on: August 09, 2011, 08:01 PM »
Here on my PC (Win7Pro 32Bit, FARR 2.99.02) the virtual folder/variable replacement %MYRECENTDOCS% in "Options > Lists > Search Folders" doesn't seem to work. When I specify the absolute path C:\Users\<MyUsername>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent everything works ok. Does anybody have the same problem?

Mouse, probably you ...

$&?ยง$!! Of course I meant to say "Mouser"! :-[ Sorry!


First of all - and i must repeat myself, as i already said that for some of your other tools  :Thmbsup: - many thanx for this wonderful piece of software. One of my favorite tools at all!
Just one little thingy I miss. Would it be feasable to disable cleartype (or font smoothing in general) temporarily for the screenshot and reactivate it afterwards? On my TFT i usually work with cleartype enabled but these screenshots don't look very nice when viewed on a "normal" (or should i say old?  :))  CRT. I hope, i haven't simply missed this feature while searching through the inexplorable depths of the preferences.

Mouse, probably you already know that, but maybe i can save you a couple of minutes with these links:

Apparently one has to use the SystemParametersInfo API. The relevant functions seem to be SPI_GETFONTSMOOTHING, SPI_SETFONTSMOOTHING, SPI_GETFONTSMOOTHINGTYPE, SPI_SETFONTSMOOTHINGTYPE.

Hope it can be done. At first glance it doesn't look too complicated, but i know, in reality usually things are different. :)


astrop, i will add an option for this in the upcoming version - it is something i've been meaning to do for a while (actually all apps need this ability).

Cool, thanks! :)

Just an idea:
In the course of changing the config path anyway, maybe it's not much additional work for you to also add an option to be able to manually set the config path, for instance with a command line switch (something like "C:\Program Files\FindAndRunRobot\FindAndRunRobot.exe -tray -home=X:\Profiles\UserX\"). Might be very handy for someone who doesn't want to use the default path, or for someone who wants to have different configs for different situations (what has already been proposed in some other thread here in the forum, i think).



First of all, thank you for this really great piece of software! :Thmbsup: I've come across a link to FFR in the Autohotkey forum (also very useful) just a few days ago and I already do not want to work without it anymore.

Just one little problem:
I haven't yet managed to give every user on a computer (Windows XP Pro) an individual configuration. Maybe I'm overlooking something (I already searched through help and forum) but FFR always "wants" to store its configuration files in its own application directory (e.g. "C:\Program Files\FindAndRunRobot\FindAndRunRobot.ini") and I can't find a way to argue it into something else.
I'd like to store the configuration files for a user in the associated userprofile directory (e.g. "%USERPROFILE%\FindAndRunRobot\FindAndRunRobot.ini"). Is that possible?

Thanks in advance,

PS: Sorry for my bad english!

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