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File Explorer

File Explorer

File Explorer

MouseOK    Ribbon: Manage – Palettes > File explorer

MouseOK    Menu: Tools –  File Explorer

MouseOK    Menu: View – Toolbars – Functional –  FileExplorer

MouseOK    Toolbar: Main –

KeyboardOK Command line: FILEEXPLORER

File Explorer is association of Windows explorer and drawing definition table. Drawing definition table is tables of layers, layouts, external references, block definitions, linetypes, text styles, and dimension styles.

File explorer displays only the following files:

·         drawing files – dwg, dxf, dwt;

·         underlay files – dwf, dwfx, pdf;

·         raster image files – jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, pcx, tiff.

File explorer not display files with other types.

Note: File explorer need more horizontal area than other functional toolbars. 

Dialog box divided into two parts. Left part (Folders) displays folders tree of current user. Right part displays content of selected tree node. Right part divided into three parts: full list of elements, description of selected element and image of selected element. Every element type has own icon.

Right part of dialog box shows the following elements: Folder, Drawing file, Underlay file, Raster image file, definitions table (Layers, Blocks, Text styles, Linetypes, Dimstyles, Layouts, XRefs), named object (Layer, Block definition, Text style, Linetype, Dimstyle, Layout, XRef).

Actions

Actions on elements from the right part of File Explorer: Drag&drop, double click, right click. Sometimes multiple preselection is available (with SHIFT and CTRL).

Drag and drop is used for the following elements:

Type of element

Effect

Layers ()

Copy layer to the current drawing. Multiple selection is available. Does not copy if layer with the same name exists in current drawing.

Blocks ()

Copy block definition to the current drawing. Multiple selection is available. Does not copy if block with the same name exists in current drawing.

Textstyles ()

Copy text style to the current drawing. Multiple selection of styles is available. Does not copy if text style with the same name exists in current drawing.

Linetypes ()

Copy line type to the current drawing. Multiple selection is available. Does not copy if line type with the same name exists in current drawing.

Dimstyles ()

Copy dimension style to the current drawing. Multiple selection is available. Does not copy if dimstyle with the same name exists in current drawing.

Double click is used for the following elements:

Type of element

Effect

Folder ()

Transition into the folder.

Drawing file ()

Open list of named objects definitions.

Underlay file ()

Open the Insert underlay dialogue.

Raster ()

Open Insert Raster image dialog box.

Named objects definition (, , , , , , )

Open content of named objects definition.

Layers ()

Copy layer to the current drawing. Does not copy if layer with the same name exists in current drawing.

 

Block ()

Copy block definition to the current drawing. Does not copy if block with the same name exists in current drawing.

Textstyles ()

Copy text style to the current drawing. Does not copy if text style with the same name exists in current drawing.

Linetypes ()

Copy line type to the current drawing. Does not copy if line type with the same name exists in current drawing.

Dimstyles ()

Copy dimension style to the current drawing. Does not copy if dimstyle with the same name exists in current drawing.

Layout ()

Copy layout to the current drawing. Correct the layout if list with the same name exists in current drawing.

XRefs ()

Open Insert External reference dialog box.

 

Following elements contain context menu:

Element type

Context menu commands

Folder ()

Explore – transition into the folder;

Set as Home – selected folder becomes a Home (main) folder.

Add to Favorites – adding a link to the selected folder to the Favorites folder.

Organize Favorites – opens the Favorites folder in Windows explorer, which allows for a wide range of actions with files.

Drawing file ()

Explore – transition into list of named objects definitions;

Attach as XRef… – open Insert External reference dialog box;

Open… – open selected file;

Insert as Block… – open Insert Block dialog box;

Create tool set – a tool set is created from all blocks of this file;

Set as Home – selected file becomes a home (main) folder.

Add to Favorites – adding a link to the selected file to the Favorites folder.

Organize Favorites – opens the Favorites folder in Windows explorer, which allows for a wide range of actions with files.

Underlay ()

Insert underlay…– open Insert Underlay dialog box.

Add to Favorites – adding a link to the selected file to the Favorites folder.

Organize Favorites – opens the Favorites folder in Windows explorer, which allows for a wide range of actions with files.

Raster Image ()

Attach raster … – open Insert Raster Image dialog box.

Add to Favorites – adding a link to the selected file to the Favorites folder.

Organize Favorites – opens the Favorites folder in Windows explorer, which allows for a wide range of actions with files.

Named objects definition (, , , , , , )

Explore – open content of named objects definition.

Create tool set – a tool set is created from all blocks of this file (only for table of blocks).

Layers ()

Add layer(s) – copy layer to the current drawing. Does not copy if layer with the same name exists in current drawing.

Blocks ()

Insert Block(s) – open Insert Block dialog box.

Textstyles ()

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