Contents of the JAWS.DOC file
JAWS Version 1.00
By: Jim Derr
Member of Association of Shareware Professionals
LIMIT OF LIABILITY
JAWS is distributed asis. The author disclaims all warranties,
expressed or implied. The author will assume no liability for damages
either from the direct use of this product or as a consequence of the
use of this product.
Jaws the FileManager
JAWS is a file/directory manager program. Sure you say there are
numerous file managers on the market so what makes this one so
different? For starters where can you can a file manager with this much
power at this price? Second JAWS is fast and you can customize it to
work the way you do. Third the number of key strokes to perform an
operation can be as little as one (the enter key).
JAWS will work with directories having up to 1400 files and/or
It is fairly straight forward to use. Simply enter JAWS at the command
prompt and the program will display all the files and sub directories
in the current directory. If you want to look at another directory enter
it on the command line. I.E. jaws \turboc\source\ will display the files
in the \turboc\source directory.
When the files and subdirectories are displayed on the screen you can
change to another directory by simply moving the highlite bar to the
subdirectory and press the return key. To move up to the parent
directory either highlite the directory named .. and press the enter
key or press the ALT-U key combination.
To execute a command simply type the command you want to execute in the
command area and press the return key. The command will have the
current drive:\path\name.ext inserted into the command before it is
executed. I.E. if you enter copy a: in the command area next to a file
named my.doc in the root dir the following command will be executed:
copy c:\my.doc a:.
You can also use the repeat command character (the = sign) to repeat the
previous command for any file listed on the screen.
Jaws interperts commands as follows:
If you enter COPY A: on a command line Jaws will scan the command
line looking for the first blank. Jaws will then insert the file
name that appears on the screen next to the command at that point.
Thus if JAWS.DOC is on the line where you entered COPY A: the
command that will be executed is COPY JAWS.DOC A:
A pause is issued after a command is executed so you can view the
results on the screen. If you do not need the pause issued begin the
command with an @ sign. This will cause the command to execute and
return immediately to JAWS. I.E. @COPY A:.
You may also execute any dos command from within JAWS by entering the
command on any command line but preceed it with a forward slash /. The
forward slash tells JAWS to execute the command as typed. I.E. do not
alter the command at all!!!. For example if you entered /dir a: on any
command line JAWS would show you a directory listing of the A: drive,
than pause, then return to itself. You can also execute any program
that is accessable in any directory that is in the path. There is one
caveat to this. Jaws does not change to the directory or disk that the
program is contained in. So if the program needs data files etc. they
probably won't be found.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!IMPORTANT PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jaws does not change the current default disk and directory. The default
disk and directory are the ones that were in effect when you started
JAWS. For example if the current disk and directory are C:\ and you
start JAWS by entering JAWS D:\TURBOC, Jaws will display the files that
are contained in the D:\TURBOC directory. If you enter the command COPY
on a command line JAWS will copy the highlighted files from the
D:\TURBOC directory to the default disk:\directory which is C:\.
You can program Function Keys 2-6 ,ALT Functions keys 1-10 and CRTL
Functions keys 1=10 to execute any command you want. This is done by using
the JAWSCFG program to generate a JAWS.CFG file. This file must be in a
directory that you specified in the PATH command in your autoexec file.
JAWS has a few pre-programmed keys, they are as follows:
F1 will display the help panels.
F7 will sort the file list by file name.
F8 will sort the file list by file extension.
F9 will sort the file list by file size.
F10 will sort file file list by file date.
ALT-A will execute the auto-key feature. This feature allows you to
tell JAWS to execute a pre-specified command based on the file
extension of the currently highlited file. The auto-commands are
specified by using the JAWSCFG program to setup the JAWS.CFG file.
(NOTE: The enter key can also be used to initiate the auto-key
feature as long as the command line is blank)
ALT-D will allow you to change to any directory on any disk.
ALT-M allows you to edit the file mask currently in effect.
ALT-P will execute the highlighted program. (EXE and COM files only)
ALT-Q will cause JAWS to return to DOS but will leave you in the
directory you are currently looking at.
ALT-R tells JAWS to re-read the current directory information.
ALT-T cause JAWS to tag all files currently displayed.
ALT-U cause JAWS to display the previous directory in the directory TREE.
ALT-X will cause JAWS to temporarily exit to DOS. To return to JAWS
type EXIT and press the enter key. (NOTE: You can also execute any
command directly from within FM. To do this enter a forware slash
/ then the command you want to execute in the command area of the
screen. The command will be executed, a pause will be issued, and
JAWS will be re-displayed.)
ALT-Z will cause JAWS to include system and hidden files in it's file
TAB allow you to alter a files attributes. To set attrs simply enter an
H,S,R, or A in the highlited field and press the enter key. To
remove attrs use the space bar to remove the attrs from the
highlited field and press the enter key.
ESC Quit JAWS and return to startup directory.
USING THE JAWSCFG PROGRAM
The Jaws configuration program allows you to specify screen display
colors other than the default colors, specify how many
file/subdirectories to handle per directory, specify if you want the
files sorted at start up time and how to sort them, specify what
commands to execute via the function keys, and specify the auto-key
The use of the configuration program is self explanitory. Just run it
and play with it.