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TIP 5: Watch the FARR Video Series

This is a short tip but perhaps the most useful one.  I recorded over 3 dozen video screencasts showing how to use basic and advanced features in FARR.  It's hard to think of a faster way to tour the abilities and options in the program than to watch these videos:

(Note there are two groups of videos on FARR; start at the bottom of the page and work your way up).

TIP 6: Use the Launch History List and Don't Worry if a Program is Slow to Find at First

FARR does not (currently) use an index to scan and catalog your disks -- it searches on the fly.  There are pros and cons of this and you can read about them here (optional indexing is coming soon).

The one thing to remember though, is that FARR keeps a list of previously launched files, and will find them instantly on subsequent searches.

So what this means is that the FIRST time you search for an application, the search may take some time -- don't panic!  After your first launch of the program it will be instantaneously found in future searches.

On a related matter: By default FARR shows the most recently launched files in the list when you first bring it up with nothing in the search edit box.  Right-click on an item and you'll be able to remove it from your launch history -- or edit the launched file list from the options, where you can also change the way previously launched files are scored, and or tell FARR not to show it on a blank search.

TIP 7: Browse Directories From FARR

Normally one uses FARR to search for applications to launch, by typing in a keyword or two.

But you can also use FARR to browse explicit directory contents.

Just start typing in a path, like "C:\Program Files\" to see the directory contents.

There are some useful keyboard shortcuts to efficient directory browsing in FARR: Tab autocompletes, Ctrl/Alt+Backspace goes up a directory.  Select an item and hit tab to enter that subdirectory.

From any directory just hit space and start typing some keywords to narrow down the file listing to matching files.

For more help on directory browsing, see the directory browsing screencast.

Tip 8: Customize Your Search Folder List and Order

The list of directories that FARR searches is on the "Search Folders" options tab:

You can right click to edit or add a new item, or just drag and drop a directory into that window.

The order of directories is important -- FARR searches these directories in the order specified -- so put the small folders at the front, and leave the big ones with lots of subdirectories near the bottom.

Advanced Users: Modifier Keywords with Search Directories

Advanced users can also add "modifier keywords" to a directory so that it will only be searched when you type +modifier.

So let's say you have a directory with all your mp3 music files, and you only want that searched on special occasions.  Just add a keyword modifier like "music" to it, and it will only be searched when you add +music to your search.

You can see a screencast about customizing search folders here:

And a screencast about keyword modifier use here:


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