Using the File Selector
The file selector has four main parts:
- the file area
- the directory area
- the format menu
- the button area
The File Area
Filenames can be entered in the text box or selected from the list below
Pressing Enter or Return has the same effect as clicking the OK
button (see below). Pressing Esc has the same effect as clicking
the Cancel button.
The Directory Area
Like in the file area, directories can be selected from a list.
Above the list is a menu which can be used to quickly go to ancestor
The Format Menu
The format menu allows you to choose which files are shown in the list.
Each entry represents one of the formats the application can handle.
In addition, there should always be a menu entry to display all files.
The Button Area
There are four buttons which are always there:
There may also be buttons which are shortcuts to
frequently used directories, such as your home directory.
- The OK button confirms the selected file and closes the
dialog. If the filename box contains a directory name
rather than a file, the dialog is not closed.
Instead the directory is changed so that files can
be selected from that directory.
- The Cancel button closes the dialog without returning a file.
- The Find button allows you to find files that are hiding
in a directory hierarchy without navigating manually through
the directories. The pattern can be a filename or a pattern
such as *.html.
- The Help button displays this help.
Ulric Eriksson - July 1998 - firstname.lastname@example.org