Windows 7: Notes on Configuring Explorer++

I had selected Explorer++ as my preferred replacement for Windows Explorer.  Since then, I had struggled with getting Explorer++ to remember various settings.  This post describes some steps I took to improve on that situation.

One thing I had done to make life more difficult for myself was to believe that there was a difference between the installed and the portable versions of Explorer++.  At present, it appeared that there was no difference:  there was just the portable version, with settings saved in an accompanying config.xml file.  There was an option (Tools > Options > General tab > General settings) to “Run in portable mode,” but the concept here seemed to be that settings would be saved in config.xml rather than in the registry at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Explorer++\Settings.  Evidently a user who wanted to save his/her settings for future use would want to save that config.xml, if using as a portable, or export that registry branch (in Regedit, right-click on Settings > Export > Selected branch) as a REG file, if using Explorer++ in quasi-installed mode.  If the folder containing Explorer++.exe also contained config.xml, then apparently the registry settings would be ignored — that is, the settings would be taken from config.xml instead.

It appeared that, if Explorer++ was not running, a config.xml file could be saved in the Explorer++ program folder under another name, and then renamed as config.xml before starting Explorer++, if some other configuration was desired.  It looked like any config.xml file could be copied into Notepad, edited, and saved in ANSI format as an XML file.  I did not experiment with that sort of thing at this point.  At the moment, my config.xml contained the following lines:

<?xml version=”1.0″?>
<!– Preference file for Explorer++ –>
<ExplorerPlusPlus>
<Settings>
<Setting name=”AllowMultipleInstances”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”AlwaysOpenInNewTab”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”AlwaysShowTabBar”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”AutoArrangeGlobal”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”CheckBoxSelection”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”CloseMainWindowOnTabClose”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ConfirmCloseTabs”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”DisableFolderSizesNetworkRemovable”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”DisplayCentreColor” r=”255″ g=”255″ b=”255″/>
<Setting name=”DisplayFont” Height=”-13″ Width=”0″ Weight=”500″ Italic=”no” Underline=”no” Strikeout=”no” Font=”Segoe UI”/>
<Setting name=”DisplaySurroundColor” r=”0″ g=”94″ b=”138″/>
<Setting name=”DisplayTextColor” r=”0″ g=”0″ b=”0″/>
<Setting name=”DisplayWindowHeight”>90</Setting>
<Setting name=”DoubleClickTabClose”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ExtendTabControl”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ForceSameTabWidth”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ForceSize”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”HandleZipFiles”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”HideLinkExtensionGlobal”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”HideSystemFilesGlobal”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”InfoTipType”>0</Setting>
<Setting name=”InsertSorted”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”Language”>9</Setting>
<Setting name=”LargeToolbarIcons”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”LastSelectedTab”>0</Setting>
<Setting name=”LockToolbars”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”NextToCurrent”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”NewTabDirectory”>D:\Current</Setting>
<Setting name=”OneClickActivate”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”OneClickActivateHoverTime”>500</Setting>
<Setting name=”OverwriteExistingFilesConfirmation”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”PlayNavigationSound”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ReplaceExplorerMode”>3</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowAddressBar”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowApplicationToolbar”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowBookmarksToolbar”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowDrivesToolbar”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowDisplayWindow”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowExtensions”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowFilePreviews”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowFolders”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowFolderSizes”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowFriendlyDates”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowFullTitlePath”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowGridlinesGlobal”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowHiddenGlobal”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowInfoTips”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowInGroupsGlobal”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowPrivilegeLevelInTitleBar”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowStatusBar”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowTabBarAtBottom”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowTaskbarThumbnails”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowToolbar”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ShowUserNameTitleBar”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”SizeDisplayFormat”>3</Setting>
<Setting name=”SortAscendingGlobal”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”StartupMode”>1</Setting>
<Setting name=”SynchronizeTreeview”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”TVAutoExpandSelected”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”UseFullRowSelect”>yes</Setting>
<Setting name=”ToolbarState” Button0=”Back” Button1=”Forward” Button2=”Up” Button3=”Delete” Button4=”Search” Button5=”New Folder” Button6=”Views” Button7=”Show Command Prompt” Button8=”Refresh”/>
<Setting name=”TreeViewDelayEnabled”>no</Setting>
<Setting name=”TreeViewWidth”>275</Setting>
<Setting name=”ViewModeGlobal”>4</Setting>
</Settings>
<WindowPosition>
<Setting name=”Position” Flags=”0″ ShowCmd=”1″ MinPositionX=”-1″ MinPositionY=”-1″ MaxPositionX=”-1″ MaxPositionY=”-1″ NormalPositionLeft=”739″ NormalPositionTop=”25″ NormalPositionRight=”1579″ NormalPositionBottom=”937″/>
</WindowPosition>
<Tabs>
<Tab name=”0″ Directory=”W:\” ApplyFilter=”no” AutoArrange=”yes” Filter=”” FilterCaseSensitive=”no” ShowGridlines=”no” ShowHidden=”yes” ShowInGroups=”no” SortAscending=”yes” SortMode=”1″ ViewMode=”4″ Locked=”no” AddressLocked=”no” UseCustomName=”no” CustomName=””>
<Columns>
<Column name=”Generic” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”324″ Extension=”yes” Extension_Width=”46″ Size=”yes” Size_Width=”52″ DateModified=”yes” DateModified_Width=”137″ Attributes=”no” Attributes_Width=”150″ SizeOnDisk=”no” SizeOnDisk_Width=”150″ ShortName=”no” ShortName_Width=”150″ Owner=”no” Owner_Width=”150″ ProductName=”no” ProductName_Width=”150″ Company=”no” Company_Width=”150″ Description=”no” Description_Width=”150″ FileVersion=”no” FileVersion_Width=”150″ ProductVersion=”no” ProductVersion_Width=”150″ ShortcutTo=”no” ShortcutTo_Width=”150″ HardLinks=”no” HardLinks_Width=”150″ Created=”no” Created_Width=”150″ Accessed=”no” Accessed_Width=”150″ Title=”no” Title_Width=”150″ Subject=”no” Subject_Width=”150″ Author=”no” Author_Width=”150″ Keywords=”no” Keywords_Width=”150″ Comment=”no” Comment_Width=”150″ CameraModel=”no” CameraModel_Width=”150″ DateTaken=”no” DateTaken_Width=”150″ Width=”no” Width_Width=”150″ Height=”no” Height_Width=”150″ Type=”no” Type_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”MyComputer” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″ TotalSize=”yes” TotalSize_Width=”150″ FreeSpace=”no” FreeSpace_Width=”150″ FileSystem=”no” FileSystem_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”ControlPanel” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”RecycleBin” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″ OriginalLocation=”yes” OriginalLocation_Width=”150″ DateDeleted=”yes” DateDeleted_Width=”150″ Size=”yes” Size_Width=”150″ Type=”yes” Type_Width=”150″ DateModified=”yes” DateModified_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”Printers” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″ Documents=”yes” Documents_Width=”150″ Status=”yes” Status_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”Network” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″ Owner=”yes” Owner_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”NetworkPlaces” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″/>
</Columns>
</Tab>
</Tabs>
<DefaultColumns>
<Column name=”Generic” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”324″ Created=”yes” Created_Width=”150″ Extension=”yes” Extension_Width=”46″ Size=”yes” Size_Width=”52″ DateModified=”yes” DateModified_Width=”137″ Attributes=”yes” Attributes_Width=”150″ Type=”yes” Type_Width=”150″ SizeOnDisk=”no” SizeOnDisk_Width=”150″ ShortName=”no” ShortName_Width=”150″ Owner=”no” Owner_Width=”150″ ProductName=”no” ProductName_Width=”150″ Company=”no” Company_Width=”150″ Description=”no” Description_Width=”150″ FileVersion=”no” FileVersion_Width=”150″ ProductVersion=”no” ProductVersion_Width=”150″ ShortcutTo=”no” ShortcutTo_Width=”150″ HardLinks=”no” HardLinks_Width=”150″ Accessed=”no” Accessed_Width=”150″ Title=”no” Title_Width=”150″ Subject=”no” Subject_Width=”150″ Author=”no” Author_Width=”150″ Keywords=”no” Keywords_Width=”150″ Comment=”no” Comment_Width=”150″ CameraModel=”no” CameraModel_Width=”150″ DateTaken=”no” DateTaken_Width=”150″ Width=”no” Width_Width=”150″ Height=”no” Height_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”MyComputer” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″ TotalSize=”yes” TotalSize_Width=”150″ FreeSpace=”no” FreeSpace_Width=”150″ FileSystem=”no” FileSystem_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”ControlPanel” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”RecycleBin” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″ OriginalLocation=”yes” OriginalLocation_Width=”150″ DateDeleted=”yes” DateDeleted_Width=”150″ Size=”yes” Size_Width=”150″ Type=”yes” Type_Width=”150″ DateModified=”yes” DateModified_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”Printers” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″ Documents=”yes” Documents_Width=”150″ Status=”yes” Status_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”Network” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″ Owner=”yes” Owner_Width=”150″/>
<Column name=”NetworkPlaces” Name=”yes” Name_Width=”150″/>
</DefaultColumns>
<Bookmarks>
<Bookmark name=”Current” Description=”” Type=”1″ ShowOnBookmarksToolbar=”yes” Location=”D:\Current”/>
<Bookmark name=”Movies” Description=”” Type=”1″ ShowOnBookmarksToolbar=”yes” Location=”E:\MEDIA\VIDEO\Movies”/>
<Bookmark name=”Installed Programs” Description=”” Type=”1″ ShowOnBookmarksToolbar=”yes” Location=”W:\Win7 Drive C3 Standard Programs”/>
</Bookmarks>
<ApplicationToolbar>
</ApplicationToolbar>
<Toolbars>
<Toolbar name=”0″ id=”0″ Style=”769″ Length=”358″/>
<Toolbar name=”1″ id=”1″ Style=”768″ Length=”1273″/>
<Toolbar name=”2″ id=”3″ Style=”776″ Length=”9″/>
<Toolbar name=”3″ id=”4″ Style=”777″ Length=”0″/>
<Toolbar name=”4″ id=”2″ Style=”769″ Length=”41″/>
</Toolbars>
<ColorRules>
<ColorRule name=”Compressed files” FilenamePattern=”” Attributes=”2048″ r=”0″ g=”0″ b=”255″/>
<ColorRule name=”Encrypted files” FilenamePattern=”” Attributes=”16384″ r=”0″ g=”128″ b=”0″/>
</ColorRules>
<State>
<DialogState name=”Search” PosX=”162″ PosY=”257″ Width=”523″ Height=”524″ ColumnWidth1=”162″ ColumnWidth2=”292″ Directory0=”W:\Start Menu” Pattern0=”TexFinderX” SearchDirectoryText=”TexFinderX” SearchSubFolders=”yes” UseRegularExpressions=”no” CaseInsensitive=”no” Archive=”no” Hidden=”no” ReadOnly=”no” System=”no” SortMode=”1″ SortAscending=”yes”/>
<DialogState name=”SetDefaultColumns” PosX=”690″ PosY=”290″ Width=”313″ Height=”498″ Folder=”0″/>
</State>
</ExplorerPlusPlus>

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