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Gravity Desk v1.1 for Windows - give files and directories 40 character descriptions.

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Gravity Desk v1.1 for Windows. GIVE YOUR
FILES AND DIRECTORIES NAMES UP TO 40 CHARAC-
TERS LONG! Easily run or load the "right"
files using their long names. Leap to
deeply nested directories using "Quick Dirs".
Morphable, drag and drop interface floats on
top, shows free resources, has an optional
clock. WinOnLine Review calls it a "jewel",
"commercial grade software". An America
OnLine "Top Pick", from Gravity Products.



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Gravity Desk
Version 1.1
Designed and created by Jack Killpatrick.
1993. A Gravity Product.



What is Gravity Desk 1.1 and what can it do for me?



Gravity Desk 1.1 lets you...

Assign 40-character names to your DOS files and directories (I call these Aliases, because the thesaurus didn't offer any better words).

Load these Aliases and files into currently running applications, with one click.

Run multiple programs, or files in their associated programs, in one click. No more double clicking on a half dozen icons (after wasting time figuring out which Program Manager Groups you left them in last!).

Arrange all of your programs and files under easy to access drop down lists and name them anything you want. Without writing any code or macros.

Have access to your whole system, floating on top of all of your apps.

Quickly navigate to files located in deeply nested directories -- you won't have to double click six or seven times to get there. That's right, easy access to E:\Amipro\Docs\Mary\Feb\*.SAM!

Delete files by their type, quickly and easily. No more going to the DOS Prompt to del *.bak. And you can even delete *.bak;*.tmp;*.txt with one click.

Move or copy lists of files by type, quickly and painlessly.

Run previously issued command lines again, without having to retype them or having to find their icons again somewhere in Program Manager.

Play around with cool drag and drop colors. Make Gravity Desk 1.1 look completely freaked out or immensely professional.

Gravity Desk 1.1 gives you quick access to every file on your system and frees you from having to remember cryptic DOS filenames. Give something a DOS name and an Alias when you save and it'll be forever at your fingertips. Quickly fire up your programs, already loaded with the files you need. Load any Alias or file into any already running application that can read the file, with one click! No more digging throught File/Open dialog boxes. Navigate your system, straighten up your desktop, access your computer world, easily -- with Gravity Desk 1.1.


What's in this manual.

This manual starts out with a picture of Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window, the window from which you access all of Gravity Desk 1.1's features. Beginning at the top left of the picture of the Main Window, then moving right, this manual works its way through the various controls (buttons, list, whirlygigs...) in Gravity Desk 1.1. To keep things in order, the buttons in the top row are discussed first, followed by the left hand column of controls, then the right hand column of controls. You will find a picture of each control followed by a description of how to use it. If pressing a button opens another window, then the window that opens will be pictured next, followed by a discussion on how to use it. Tips for getting the most out of Gravity Desk 1.1 are added here and there, marked with the heading, Tip. You may find it advantageous to skim all of the Tips in this manual.

For last minute details, additions, and instructions for installing Gravity Desk 1.1, see the file GD11read.txt that should have come with the rest of the program. If you find that you are missing some part of Gravity Desk 1.1, you can contact me via CompuServe at ID 71062,2202, or, write to me at the address at the end of this manual. Please tell me where you got the partial version of Gravity Desk 1.1.


Note on using this manual

If a word is underlined, you can find it in the table of contents. It is the heading of a section somewhere in this manual - usually the name of a control.


A Few Basic Terms Used By Gravity Desk 1.1

Alias - A name, up to 40 characters long, that you create and attach to a DOS file.

Group - A name, up to 40 characters long, under which you group your Aliases.

Quick Dir - A name, up to 40 characters long, that you create and attach to a DOS directory. A Quick Dir also stores file mask information.

Ending - Any characters located to the right of the dot (.) in a file's name.

Association - A connection you create between an ending and a program that can read files that have such an ending. Just like the associations that you can set up in the Windows File Manager, except Gravity Desk 1.1 keeps track of its own.

Table Of Contents

6.The Main Window
7.Up Arrow Button
File Oriented Launcher
8.Save Button
9.File Saver Window
12.Super Shrink Button
Go Back To Where You Were Before Button
Roll Up Bar
13.Nuts and Bolts Button
The Nuts and Bolts Embedded Dialog, How To
Stay On Top - Also referred to elsewhere as the Stay On Top feature
Automatically Roll Up
Automatically Super Shrink
14.Start Up Group
Association Assistant
15.Default Window Size
16.Color Bar
To change the foreground color of a control
To change the background color of a control
17.To Save your color scheme
To Remove a color scheme
To keep the present color scheme
To revert to the color scheme that existed before you opened the Color Changer
18.Command History Button
Free system resources
To run one of the previously executed command lines
To run a new command line
To Clear the Command History List
To make the Command History Window vanish when you run a command line from it
Shortcut Key
19.Help Question Mark
20.Down Arrow Button
Alias Oriented Launcher
21.Alias Information Button
Alias Information Window
22.Group Selector
Alias List
To Remove an Alias from the Alias List
23.To Rename an Alias
To quickly see the name of an Alias's attached DOS file
Run Normal Button
Run Maximized Button
24.Run Minimized Button
Run All Button
25.Portfolio Button
Portfolio Window
To remove an item from your Portfolio
To run all of the Aliases/Files in your Portfolio
26.Last Window Button
27.Edit Aliases Button
New Button
Rename Button
Remove Button
28.Done Button
29.Alias Info Button
Alias Info Window
Create Alias Button
30.Three Ways To Set Up An Alias
File Path Name Box
31.Quick Dirs Button
Quick Dirs Window
To Create A Quick Dir
To Change to a Quick Dir
To Remove a Quick Dir from the Quick Dir List
32.To Rename A Quick Dir
To Close The Quick Dirs Window
33.Directory List
Drive List
34.Quick Filer Button
File Mask Box
35.File List
36.List Only Button
Quick Filing Tools Button
37.Kill List Button
Rename Button
Delete Button
38.Bulk Button
Bulk File Manager Window
To Move, Copy or Delete Files Using The Bulk File Manager
39.Make Dir Button
Kill Dir Button
Rename Dir Button
40.OK Button
Associate Button
Association Setup Window
41.Associations Button
Associations Window
To edit the Alias of one of your Associated Programs
42.To change the path of the Associated Program
To remove an Association from Gravity Desk 1.1
To run a program from the Associated Programs Window
The Main Window


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Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window is the launching point for all of Gravity Desk 1.1's features and dialogs. Most often, you will be launching and filing all of your programs and files from this main window - all of the other windows, with the exception of the Quick Dirs window (which you'll be using frequently), are for maintaining your valuable data and adjusting the look and feel of Gravity Desk 1.1. Below, you will find a picture of every button and list on the Main window, followed by a description of how to use the control.




Up Arrow Button

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When you press this button, the general layout of Gravity Desk 1.1 morphs to that of a File Oriented Launcher (pictured below).


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This may be the layout of choice for people who are familiar with what is on their hard disk(s), and have managed to come up with a good system for identifying their files within the limitation of DOS's 12 character file names. If you can understand lltrgd11.doc (letter to Lazlo Toth regarding Gravity Desk 1.1), then this layout may be quite comfortable for you.

A nice thing about working in the File Oriented Launcher is that you can use the Quick Dirs Button, which opens up the Quick Dirs Window. The Quick Dirs Wndow supplies you with a list that you can use to quickly change to a directory that you have assigned an Alias to, no matter how deeply nested it is. For more info, see the section about the Quick Dirs Window, below.


Note:
Notice that the title bar of this window has the time listed in it. To get the current time to show up in the title bar, press your mouse on the wide gray bar (called the "Roll Up Bar") just under the title bar. Then, while the mouse button is still depressed, press the Shift key on your computer keyboard. The current time will be added to the title bar. Still holding the mouse button down, press the Shift key again. After a pregnant pause, the title bar will change to show you the amount of memory, or, "Free Memory", that Windows has available. Press the Shift key again to return the title bar to its original state. Now, if you haven't already, drag the mouse off the "Roll Up Bar" and release the mouse button.

Congratulations! You have just managed to accomplish the most difficult and least obvious maneuver in Gravity Desk 1.1. From here on, it's all a breeze.

Note on the title bar changing thing:
You can also use the routine above in combination with the Control key on your computer keyboard - the order that the title bar changes will be reversed.



Save Button

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Press the Save Button to open the File Saver Window, a window that you can use to simultaneously save a file and an Alias. The file is saved by the running application of your choice. The Alias is saved to the Gravity Desk Group of your choice. Below is a picture of the File Saver Window, followed by instructions on how you can use it.



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The File Saver Window is a source of eternal youth. If you press the right buttons in the right order, your skin will be forever supple.

There is, however another use for the File Saver Window - you can use it to save files and Aliases simultaneously. The file is saved by an application that you already have running. The Alias is saved into a Group in Gravity Desk 1.1. It's really quite simple to accomplish this, if you just follow a few quidelines.

If you look at the picture above, or, if you open the File Saver Window by pressing the Saver Button, you will notice that there is a column of text boxes and drop down lists, with names like "Alias" and "Filename" to the left of them. The entries that you make in the text boxes and the selections that you make in the drop down lists determine just how you want your system to store your files. Let's step through a typical file save in Gravity Desk 1.1.

Let's say you are working in Notepad (or any other program that is capable of saving files). You have worked for a half an hour on a letter that you want to send to Calvin. You decide it's time to save the file. You could give it a DOS name and store it with the other letters that you've sent in the last month (try to figure out what's what three months from now!) and just leave it at that, or, you could pop open Gravity Desk 1.1's File Saver and enjoy the benefit of being able to name your letter, "Letter to Calvin 3/23 - Is Hobbes Alive?". Let's say you opt for the latter.

Your first step is to open the File Saver Window. You have two options for how to do so. One, and the most obvious, is to press the Save Button (pictured above). The other way is to activate Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window (by clicking anywhere on it), then, using your computer keyboard, type CTRL + S (no need to type the plus sign). Wa-la, up pops the File Saver Window.

When the File Saver Window opens, the cursor will be blinking in the text box that is labeled "Alias". Type in an Alias for the file that you are working on in Notepad, in this case, "Letter To Calvin 3/23 - Is Hobbes Alive?". Then tab to, or click on, the next control, a drop down list labeled "Group". The Group list contains all the Groups that you have set up in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window. Select a Group that you want to save your Alias in - for example, "Letters To Cartoon Characters". If you decide that you want a new Group, then you can create one by pressing the button that says "Create Group" on it. Once you have chosen the Group that you want to save the Alias in, tab to, or, click on, the next drop down list, labeled "Window". Here's where it gets a little tricky.

If you click on the "Window" list, a list will drop down containing the titles of all of your currently visible windows. Your job is to select the one from the list that is the same as the one that you want to save your file in. For example, if the Notepad window that you have created your letter in has the title "Notepad - (Untitled)", then select "Notepad - (Untitled)" from the "Window" list. You may need to refer back to the window that you were working in to make sure that you select the right title. (After a while, you'll probably get a knack for recognizing the right window title without having to double check.) The window that you select from the "Window" list will be the one that you want to save the file in - the one with the file that you want to add to a Gravity Desk 1.1 Group. After you've selected the window that you want to save your file in, tab to, or, click into, the next box down, labeled "Filename".

Enter the DOS filename that you want to save you file as (is there no escape from DOS filenames? Well, yes, there could be, but I think it is better if you, rather than Gravity Desk 1.1, do all the file naming. There are too many "Escape From DOS" shells around that leave your hard disk full of files with names that are just a bunch of meaningless letters or numbers. Good luck figuring out what is what if you decide to stop using that shell.). Um, excuse me...well, back to business. Enter the DOS filename into the "Filename" text box. You only need to enter the filename, not the file's path (C:\windows\writing\cartoons etc...). You may find that it is almost impossible to enter anything in the Filename text box but a valid DOS filename. This is to keep errors to a minimum and to let Gravity Desk 1.1 be easy for people to use who don't know all the rules of DOS. You now need to set up the final factor in your File Save, the file's path.

The directory that your file will be saved to is indicated in the simulated 3D raised area next to the label "Directory". If you want to save your file to a different directory than the one that is indicated, you have two options on how to do so. The first option, and the one that you will probably end up using the most once you have a lot of Quick Dirs set up, is to tab out of the "Filename" text box, causing the button labeled "Quick Dirs..." to become highlighted. All you need to do now is to press the enter key or space bar on your computer keyboard to open up the Quick Dirs Window. Select a Quick Dir from the Quick Dirs List, then press the "Change To" button, or, just double click on the Quick Dir of your choice. This will cause the directory, drive, and file lists in the File Saver Window to change to the directory, drive, and file list indicated by your Quick Dir. You will now be ready to press the "Save" button to complete your File Save, unless you don't have Quick Dirs set up and you're wondering what all of that stuff meant. If this is the case, then just use the directory and drive lists to switch to the directory that you want to save your file to (the file list is there just so you can see what files are in the directory). If you want to, you can create a new subdirectory under the current directory (indicated in the directory list) by pressing the "Create Directory" button. Once you have selected a directory, using one of the above methods, and you are content with the Alias, Group, Window, and Filename, you can press the button that says "Save" on it.

When you press the button that says "Save" on it, your new Alias is added to the Gravity Desk Group that you had selected and the "Window", in this case, "Notepad - (Untitled)", is activated (brought to the front). If the window has a menu - and this is a key point - named "File", with the "F" underlined, in which there is a selection option named "Save As", with the "A" underlined, then Gravity Desk 1.1 will open up that window's "File/Save As" dialog box. Once opened, the path and filename, which you decided on in the File Saver Window, will be automatically typed into the "File Name" text box. It is now that you can set any preferences that the dialog box offers regarding how a file is saved (formats, as a backup, as a template...that kind of stuff). Then, all you need to do is press the "OK" button, or, usually, hit the enter key on your computer keyboard. The file will be saved.

It may sound like a lot of procedure when you read it, but if you try it a few times, you'll get the hang of it quickly. It's not as boring to do as it is to read about. I'm sure you'll find yourself frequently reaching for the Save Button.

Some notes on using the File Saver Window.
For it to be most effective, and to minimize clogging up your Groups with a bunch of Aliases for the same file, you should use Gravity Desk 1.1's File Saver as an alternative to selecting "File/Save As" from your working application's menu bar. Usually, you do that when you save a file for the first time. After a file is saved using the File Saver Window, you can save modifications to it by simply using the "File/Save" selection in your working application's menu bar - the file already has an Alias and, if you don't change the file's name, the Alias will remain attached to it. If you want to change a file's name and you want it to have an Alias, you'll need to use the File Saver Window.

If the application that you want to save a file in does not have a menu bar, or, if it does not have the combination "File/Save As" - with the "F" and the "A" underlined - then it is of no use to use the File Saver Window for that application. You can set up an Alias for a file that you create in that application by using one of the three methods for setting up an Alias, described elsewhere in this manual.



Super Shrink Button

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Welcome to the world of Super Shrinking. While not as fun as being able to swim in a thimble, the Super Shrink Button can be pretty pleasurable. It helps you keep Gravity Desk 1.1 handy, while keeping it out of your way at the same time. Press the Super Shrink Button and Gravity Desk 1.1 will shrinking down to a tiny little window, the Super Shrunk Window, that looks like this:

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Notice that you still have access to the File Saver Window when Gravity Desk 1.1 is Super Shrunk. Also, notice the button at the right edge of the picture above. This is the Go Back To Where You Were Before Button, pictured below, all by its lonesome.


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Press the Go Back To Where You Were Before Button to make Gravity Desk 1.1 expand back out to where it was before you pressed the Super Shrink Button.




Roll Up Bar
Located just under the title bar. The width of it changes depending on which layout of Gravity Desk 1.1 you are using.

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Press the Roll Up Bar again to roll Gravity Desk 1.1 back down to the same layout it had before you rolled it up.

Tip
Use the Roll Up Bar in combination with the Stay On Top feature, which you can set from the Nuts And Bolts Embedded Dialog (described below). Set the Stay On Top feature so that Gravity Desk 1.1 floats on top of all your apps. Then, place the rolled up version of Gravity Desk 1.1 near the top of your screen, maybe even hiding its title bar in the netherworld that is above your screen image. Then, you can use the Roll Up Bar to access Gravity Desk 1.1. Kind of like a menu, but instead you're rolling down an entire application.



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When you press the Nuts and Bolts Button, an embedded dialog box appears in the Alias List. This embedded dialog box, pictured below, is where you can designate some of the aspects of Gravity Desk 1.1's behavior; whether it will Float On Top, whether it will Automatically Roll Up or Automatically Super Shrink when you lauch a program or load an Alias, what size the window of an application launched by double clicking the Alias List or File List will be and what programs or Aliases will automatically run when you start Gravity Desk 1.1. Also, it gives you access to the Association Assistant, a window that you can use to search your disks for Endings and Executable Files, making the association process an easy one.


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Stay On Top - Also referred to elsewhere as the Stay On Top feature
Put an X in the check box labeled "Stay On Top" if you want Gravity Desk 1.1 to float on top of all of your open windows. If it is floating on top, you won't lose it in your stacks of open windows.
Remove the X from the check box if you don't want Gravity Desk 1.1 to "Stay On Top".

Automatically Roll Up
Put an X in the check box labeled "Automatically Roll Up" if you want Gravity Desk 1.1 to automatically roll up (see description of Roll Up Bar for more info about what "roll up" means) when you launch a file or an Alias by double clicking on the File List or the Alias List. Having Gravity Desk 1.1 "Automatically Roll Up" helps keep it out of the way when you don't need it. Remove the X from the check box if you don't want Gravity Desk 1.1 to "Automatically Roll Up".

Automatically Super Shrink
Put an X in the check box labeled "Automatically Super Shrink" if you want Gravity Desk 1.1 to automatically Super Shrink (see description of Super Shrink Button for more info about what "Super Shrink" means) when you launch a file or an Alias by double clicking on the File List or the Alias List. Having Gravity Desk 1.1 "Automatically Super Shrink" helps keep it out of the way when you don't need it. Remove the X from the check box if you don't want Gravity Desk 1.1 to "Automatically Super Shrink".

Start Up Group
Here is where you can decide whether you want any other programs to automatically run when you start Gravity Desk 1.1. All you need to do is to select a Group from the list, other than "(None)", and all of the Aliases in that Group will be run when Gravity Desk 1.1 starts. You may want to set up a Group with all of the Aliases for a project that you are working on, then set that Group as your "Start Up Group", or, you may want to just make a Group called "Start Up" in which you keep Aliases that you'd like to run along with Gravity Desk 1.1 (name it "Start Up" so it's easy to discern from the others). If you want Gravity Desk 1.1 to use no Group as a "Start Up Group", select "(None)" in the list.

Association Assistant
Press the "Association Assistant" button to open up the Association Assistant Window (pictured below).



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You can use the Association Assistant Window to make a mass search for Endings and Executables. Most of the help that you will need for using the Association Assistant Window is available directly in the window, by dragging its Help Question Mark over to the control in question, the dropping it. A message will pop up, giving you detailed help on how to use the control.

Tip:
Use the Association Assistant Window soon after installing Gravity Desk 1.1. It can save you time.

Default Window Size
The Default Window Size is the size that a program opens to when you run it from Gravity Desk 1.1. Some people always run their applications full screen, these people might want to set the Default Window Size to Maximized. Others, especially people using large monitors or video cards that pan, may want the window size set to Normal - which leaves an element of randomness as to what size Windows 3.x will start their programs, but may be more managable because the windows are not completely hidden by each other. Others, people who like to run programs in the background, or, those who really like to look at their wallpaper, may want their Default Window Size to be Minimized.

To set the Default Window Size, press the "Default Window Size" button. Some instructions will appear directing you to "Drag a Window Size Button to the button at the right". The "button to the right" will already have a "Window Size Button" picture on it. If you look at it, you'll see that the picture is the same as one of the pictures on one of the buttons just below the Alias List - the Normal Button, the Maximized Button, or the Minimized Button. If you want to change the Default Window Size, you just need to press your mouse on one of the Window Size Buttons and drag its picture over to "the button at the right". Drop it there. The picture on the "button at the right" will change to reflect your selection. It will be your new Default Window Size.

To close the Nuts and Bolts Embedded Dialog
Either press the Nuts and Bolts button again, or, click on the Group Selector. All of your changes are saved as you make them, no need to worry about them when the Nuts and Bolts Embedded Dialog disappears.



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Use the Color Changer to change the foreground and background colors of Gravity Desk 1.1.

To change the foreground color of a control
Select the "Foreground Color" option. Press the left mouse button on a color. The cursor will change into an icon that looks like a paint can. Drag the paint can over to the control in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window that you want to change the foreground color of. Drop the paint can on the control. The foreground color of the control will change.

To change the background color of a control
Select the "Background Color" option. Press the left mouse button on a color. The cursor will change into an icon that looks like a paint can. Drag the paint can over to the control in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window that you want to change the background color of. Drop the paint can on the control. The background color of the control will change.

Note:
You can not change the gray backgound color of Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window or the gray background color of all of the buttons.

To Save your color scheme
Press the button that says "Add" on it. You will be asked for a name for the current color scheme. Enter the name. Then, press the Enter key on your computer keyboard. Your new color scheme will be added to the "Color Scheme" list.

To Remove a color scheme
Select the color scheme that you want to remove from the "Color Scheme" list. Then, press the "Remove" button. You will be asked for a confirmation. Press "Yes" to remove the color scheme, "No" to keep it.

To keep the present color scheme
Press the button that says "OK" on it.

Note:
Pressing the "OK" button does not add your current color scheme to the "Color Scheme" list. If you've made some color changes that you like, you may want to preserve your scheme for another time by pressing the "Add" button.

To revert to the color scheme that existed before you opened the Color Changer
Press the button that says "Cancel" on it. All of your modifications will be discarded.

Color Changer Note:
You can only change the colors of the controls in Gravity Desk' 1.1's Main Window. You are essentially setting up a color scheme. The scheme is automatically portrayed in all the other Gravity Desk 1.1 windows.



Command History Button
Located to the left of the Help Question Mark. This button may have a different number on it. The number shows the amount of your free system resources.

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The Command History Window keeps a list of command lines that Gravity Desk 1.1 has successfully executed since being launched.

To run one of the previously executed command lines
Double click on one of the command lines. Alternatively, select the command line that you want to run. Then, press the button that says "Run" on it.

To run a new command line
Enter the new command line in the box labeled "Command Line". Then, either press the Enter key on your computer keyboard, or press the button that says "Run" on it. Note: If the program that you want to run is on your Path (environment variable set by your config.sys file at boot up), you can enter just the name of the executable - for instance, "Notepad" - and press "Run".

To Clear the Command History List
Press the button that says "Clear List" on it. You will be asked for a confirmation. Press "Yes" to clear the list.

To make the Command History Window vanish when you run a command line from it
Click on the check box that says "Hide On Run" until the check mark appears.

Shortcut Key:
You can also open the Command History Window by activating Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window, then typing CTRL + H on your computer keyboard. As an alternate way to run a program, you can type CTRL + H + (Your program's executable path) + ENTER. For instance, instead of going to Notepad in a Gravity Desk 1.1 Group, you could just type CTRL + (don't type the plus signs) H + notepad.exe + ENTER. This is kind of like "Alt/File/Run" in Windows 3.x's Program Manager and File Manager.



Help Question Mark

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The Alias Information Window has a list box with three columns (the third column is not showing in the above picture). The first column shows you the name of any (or all) of the Aliases currently highlighted in the Alias List. The second and third columns show you the filename(s) and Associated Program(s) of the Alias(es).

Notes:
The Alias Information Window is resizable. Stretch it to a size that you like, showing you just the amount of information you'd like.

If you have the Alias Information Window open when you click on an Alias in the Alias List, the Alias Information Window gets updated.

See also: Alias List



Group Selector

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The Group Selector is a drop down list of all the Groups that you have currently set up in Gravity Desk 1.1. When you select a Group from The Group Selector, its Aliases appear in the Alias List.



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The Alias List shows you all of the Aliases that exist in the currently selected Group (see New Button for how to set up a Group).

If you double click on an Alias in the Alias List (and it has an association set up), the file that is attached to the Alias will run in its associated program.

Example (kind of technical. Consult your physician.)
If you have an Alias called "My Favorite Annoying Sound", which is the Alias for "e:\sound\wav\badone.wav", and you have associated all files ending with "WAV" with "c:\windows\soundrec.exe", then double clicking on "My Favorite Annoying Sound" will send Windows this command line -> c:\windows\soundrec.exe e:\sound\wav\badone.wav. Thus, running Sound Recorder and loading "My Favorite Annoying Sound" into it.

Notes
You can select one or more Aliases from the Alias List using the standard Windows conventions; SHIFT + CLICK to select contiguous Aliases; CONTROL + CLICK to select or deselect non-contiguous Aliases.

To Remove an Alias from the Alias List
Highlight an Alias. Then, press the Delete key on your keyboard. You will be asked for a confirmation. Press "Yes" to remove the Alias from the Group. Another question box will pop up, asking you whether you want to delete the file that was attached to the Alias. Press "Yes" to delete the file. This is a real DOS delete, so be sure you want to do it. Another way to delete an Alias, using the Remove Button, is described under the section Edit Aliases Button.

To Rename an Alias
Highlight an Alias. Then, press the Insert key on your computer keyboard. A dialog box will pop up asking you for a new name for the Alias. Enter your new Alias. Then, press "OK". The new Alias will replace the old Alias in the Alias List. Another way to rename an Alias, using the Rename Button, is described under the section Edit Aliases Button.

To quickly see the name of an Alias's attached DOS file
Highlight an Alias in the Alias List. Then, right click over the Alias List. The attached DOS filename of the last Alias that you highlighted will appear where the word "Groups" was, above the Group Selector. Releasing the mouse button will cause the word "Groups" to reappear.


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Next are some buttons that you can use to run multiple selections in the Alias List, and one really useful and powerful one that you've got to be careful with, the Last Window Button.



Run Normal Button

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Press this button to run all the Aliases that you have selected in the Alias List, or the file that you last clicked on in the File List, in normal sized windows. Whether the currently selected Alias(es) or the currently selected file is run is determined by which list you last made a selection in, the Alias List or the File List.

Tip:
If you want to run a combination of Aliases from the Alias List and files from the File List, you can use the Portfolio Button to open up the Portfolio window, into which you can place both Aliases and filenames.



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Run All Button
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Portfolio Button

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Press the Portfolio Button to open the Portfolio Window, shown below.


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You can use the Portfolio Window to set up a temporary workgroup. To do so, while the Portfolio is open, click on Aliases in the Alias List (in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window) or files in the File List (also in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window). The Aliases or file names will be added to the list in the Portfolio Window. When you are satisfied with the contents of your Portfolio, press the button that says "Lock" on it. "Lock" will change to "UnLock". While the Portfolio is locked, you can use Gravity Desk 1.1's Alias List and File List to your heart's content and nothing that you click on will be added to the Portfolio. If you press the "UnLock" button, it will change to say "Lock" and items that you click on in Gravity Desk 1.1's Alias List and File List will again be added to your Portfolio.

To remove an item from your Portfolio
Highlight the item that you want to remove. Then, either press the button that says "Remove" on it, or, press the Delete key on your computer keyboard. You will be asked for a confirmation. Press "Yes" to remove the item.

To run all of the Aliases/Files in your Portfolio
Press the button that says "Run All". If an Alias does not have an associated program, it will not run.

If you decide that you really like the contents of your Portfolio, you can save it as a new Group. To do so, press the button that says "Save as a New Group". You will be asked for a name for your new Group. Enter a name. Then, press "OK". Your new Group will be added to the Group Selector (in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window).

Notice that there is a Last Window Button in the Portfolio Window. It works exactly the same as the Last Window Button in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window. Read the description of how it works below - and please pay attention to the warnings!



Last Window Button
One of the best features of Gravity Desk 1.1, located in both Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window and in the Portfolio Window. Don't miss this one!

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Press the Last Window Button to load the currently selected file, or the last selected Alias, into the last window that you had active.

Example
Say you are working in Ami Pro and you want to load another file. Instead of navigating the Ami Pro file/open dialog (and double clicking your way to the directory/drive that you want), you can load the file with Gravity Desk 1.1. If you have already set up an Alias for the file that you want to load, all you need to do is switch to the Group that the Alias is in (using the Group Selector), highlight the Alias that you want to load, and press the Last Window Button. A file/open command will be sent to Ami Pro (the last window you were working in), and the file that is connected to the Alias will be loaded. If you have no Alias for the file that you want to load, navigate to the directory that your file is in (use the Quick Dir Button, or, the Directory, Drive and File Lists). Then, press the Last Window Button. The file will be loaded. You may never have to navigate another File/Open dialog again!!!

Hot Tip:
Use the Last Window Button in conjunction with the Automatically Roll Up feature, or, the Automatically Super Shrink feature and the Stay On Top feature. Set the Automatically Roll Up checkbox, found in the Nuts and Bolts embedded dialog so that Gravity Desk 1.1 automatically rolls up (or, if you prefer, Automatically Super Shrinks) when you launch a file and set the Stay On Top check box (also found in the Nuts and Bolts section of your local supermarket) so that Gravity Desk 1.1 floats on top of all of your apps. Then, press the Roll Up Button or Super Shrink Button, rolling Gravity Desk 1.1 up out of your way. Place Gravity Desk 1.1's title bar up near the top of your screen. Then, whenever you need to load a file, you can roll Gravity Desk 1.1 down, click on the Alias or file name that you want to load and hit the Last Window Button. The file will be loaded, and Gravity Desk 1.1 will automatically roll itself up out of your way.

Warning!
Though the Last Window Button button can be immensely lovable, it can also cause great grief if you do not think of this before you press it: Make sure that the application that you want to load a new file into is capable of opening multiple documents. If not, be sure to save your work before pressing the Last Window Button. Gravity Desk 1.1 has no way of checking to see if you need to save your work and will plow right ahead and try to load the file, regardless. This can lead to unexpected results, and sometimes lost work. I don't want anyone to lose any of their work. It happened to me plenty of times when I had Windows 3.0, with its beloved UAE (Unrecoverable Application Error) crashes. Please be careful. If it won't open multiple documents, save before you load. It only makes sense. And don't drive drunk.

Something that may happen:
A time may come that you use the Last Window Button to try to load a file and the program that you tried to load it into gives you a "Save changes?" message (or something of that sort). You most likely have unsaved work in your last window. Gravity Desk 1.1 can't load a new file until you have decided whether you want to save your changes or discard them. If such a dialog box opens up when you use the Last Window Button, then either answer "Yes" to save your file, or, answer "No". If you answer "No", then you need to blank that file out of your last window by selecting File/New from the application's menu bar. If you don't, then every time you try to use the Last Window Button on that window the same thing will happen - that "Save changes?" dialog will open, halting Gravity Desk 1.1 from doing its civic duty.



Edit Aliases Button

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New Button

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Use the New Button to create a new Group.

When you press the New Button, a dialog will open asking you for a name for a new Group. Enter a new Group name (up to 40 characters). Press "OK". The new Group name will be added to the Group Selector.


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Tip:
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Tip:
You can accomplish the same thing by clicking on the Alias or Group that you want to remove, then pressing the Delete key on you computer keyboard.

Note:
If you remove a Group from the Group Selector, you will also remove all the Aliases set up in that Group. You won't be able to retrieve them once you've made your confirmation. Your DOS files will stay intact.


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Press the Done Button to replace the New Button, the Rename Button, the Remove Button, and the Done Button with one button that says "Edit Aliases..." on it.



Alias Info Button
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If the file that is currently selected in the File List has an Alias, then you can press this button to open the Alias Info Window (not to be confused with the Alias Information Window, of course), pictured below.


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The Alias Info Window has two columns. The one on the left shows you all of the Aliases that a file has. The one on the right shows you the Groups that the Aliases can be found in.

To leap to the Group that an Alias is in, either double click on the Alias, or, select the Alias in the list, then press the "Go To Group" button.

Press the "Close" button to close the Alias Info Window, or, press the Escape key on your computer keyboard.



Create Alias Button

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Note
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Tip:
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Three Ways To Set Up An Alias:


Use the one that is most convenient for you:

1.) Press the Create Alias Button.
2.) Highlight the file in the File List that you want to assign an Alias to. Press the right mouse button on the File List. The cursor will change to an icon of a hand holding a piece of paper. Drag the icon over to the Alias List and drop it there. You will be prompted for an Alias. Enter the Alias. Press "OK". Your Alias will be added to the Alias List.
3.) Press the left mouse button on the File Path Name Box (displayed just below the Alias Setup Button). The cursor will change to an icon of a hand holding a piece of paper. Drag the icon over to the Alias List and drop it there. You will be prompted for an Alias. Enter an Alias. Press "OK" and your Alias will be added to the Alias List.

Note:
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File Path Name Box
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Note
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Quick Dirs Button
Located in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main window and in various dialogs in Gravity Desk 1.1 and other Gravity Products.

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To Create A Quick Dir
To create, or, add, a Quick Dir to the Quick Dir List (the list box in the Quick Dirs window), press the button that says "Add Current" on it. A dialog box will open up showing you the name and file mask of Gravity Desk 1.1's current directory. There will be a space for you to enter a Quick Dir name for the directory. Enter it. Press "OK". The Quick Dir will be added to the Quick Dirs List.

To Change to a Quick Dir
To change Gravity Desk' 1.1's current directory and file mask in one swipe, double click on a Quick Dir in the Quick Dir List. The Quick Dirs Window will close, and the directory list, file list, file mask, and drive list of the window with the Quick Dir Button that you pressed will be changed to reflect your selection.

To Remove a Quick Dir from the Quick Dir List
To remove a Quick Dir from the list, select the one that you want to remove. Then press the button that says "Remove" on it. You will be asked for a confirmation. Press "OK" to remove it from the list.

Alternatively, pressing the Delete key on your computer keyboard accomplishes the same thing.

To Rename A Quick Dir
To rename a Quick Dir, select the one that you want to rename. Then press the button that says "Rename" on it. You will be asked for a new Quick Dir name. Enter your new name. Press "OK". Your change will be reflected in the Quick Dir List.

Alternatively, pressing the Insert key on your computer keyboard accomplishes the same thing

To Close The Quick Dirs Window
To close the Quick Dirs window, press the button that says "Close" on it, or, press the Escape key on your computer keyboard. No changes will be made to Gravity Desk 1.1's current directory.

Notes
When you press the Quick Dirs button, Gravity Desk 1.1 checks to see if you have set the Stay On Top Button so that Gravity Desk 1.1 floats on top of all your other applications. If so, and the Quick Dirs window would be partially or fully obscured, Gravity Desk 1.1 automatically rolls up out of the way. When you make your Quick Dir selection, Gravity Desk 1.1 will automatically roll back down.

The Quick Dirs Window is resizable. When you resize it you will notice that there are three columns of information. The first column shows you your Quick Dirs. The second and third columns show you the path and file mask of each Quick Dir.

Tip:
Use the Quick Dirs Button all you can. You may even find, since you can go to a deeply nested directory with the press of one button, that you can organize your drives more thoroughly. You no longer have to suffer the inconvenience involved with getting to a directory like c:\windows\pictures\bitmaps\640x480\256color. And, when you do get there, your file list can show you only files ending with *.bak, if you want. All in one click.

Promo:
Other Gravity Products also have Quick Dir Buttons and List Only Buttons to make directory and file list navigation easier. The Quick Dirs that you set up in one Gravity Product are shared by all Gravity Products, so when you press a Quick Dir Button in one Gravity Product, you will get the same list of Quick Dirs as you would in another Gravity Product. Modifications made to Quick Dirs in one Gravity Product are reflected in all other Gravity Products.



Directory List


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Double click on a directory name in the Directory List to change Gravity Desk 1.1's current directory. You can also tab to the Directory List, use the arrow keys to navigate the list, then press the Enter Key to change to the currently highlighted directory.

Tip:
Set up Quick Dirs for the directories that you frequently use. It'll save you a lot of clicking.

Notes:
If you have pressed the button that says Quick Filing Tools, the Quick Filing Buttons will morph when you click on, or tab to, the Directory List -- giving you directory manipulating options. You can use them to create a new directory, rename the current directory, or kill (delete, files and all) the current directory.

If you want to refresh the File List without having to change away from the current directory and then back to it (for example, if you just added a file to the current directory using a program other than Gravity Desk 1.1), you can do so by highlighting the current directory in the Directory List, then pressing the Enter key on your computer keyboard.



Drive List

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You can set the Quick Filer Button so that the file management program of your choice opens up when you press it. To do so, use the File List to select the executable (a file ending with EXE, COM, BAT, or, PIF) that you want to attach to the Quick Filer Button. Then, press on the File List with your right mouse button. The pointer will change to an icon of a hand holding a piece of paper. Drag this icon onto the Quick Filer Button and drop it there. You will be asked to confirm that that executable is the one that you want to attach to the Quick Filer Button. Press "Yes" to confirm. Alternatively, you can press the left mouse button on the File Path Name Box (located just above the Quick Filer Button), drag the file path onto the Quick Filer Button and drop it.

Once the Quick Filer Button is assigned an executable file, that executable file will run any time you press the Quick Filer Button. To change the program that is assigned, just drag and drop another program onto the Quick Filer Button. Then, answer "Yes" to the confirmation.

Tip
You can assign any executable to the Quick Filer Button. For example, if you always want C:\windows\notepad.exe to be handy, you could assign it to the Quick Filer Button.



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The File Mask Box shows you the current mask for the File List.

To change the file mask, just type the mask that you want into the File Mask Box. The mask of the File List will change with every character that you type into the File Mask Box.

The mask of the File List can be compound. Use a semi-colon ( ; ) to separate each pattern. For example, if you want the file list to show you all of the files ending with TXT, BMP, and WRI, then type *.txt;*.bmp;*.wri into the File Mask Box.

Hot Tip:
When you set up a Quick Dir, the file mask is saved as part of the Quick Dir. This means that every time you change to that Quick Dir, the File Mask Box and the File List's file mask will also be changed. This can be really handy. For example, when I use my communications program, I frequently create capture files. I have set up a Quick Dir that will take me directly to d:\pcw\capture\*.cap. When I change to that Quick Dir, I am immediately given a list of all my capture files, and only my capture files.

Compund file masks are also stored by Quick Dirs.



File List

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The File List shows a list of files in the currently selected directory (use the Directory List to change the currently selected directory). The file names that appear in the File List depend on the file mask, which is shown in the File Mask Box (described above).

When you click on a file in the File List, its Alias, if it has one, is shown in the Alias Indicator (just below the raised area that says "Alias" on it). If a file has more than one Alias, the first one you assigned is shown in the Alias Indicator, and the number at the right edge of the Alias Indicator will be higher than 1.

To run a file from the File List, double click on it. Alternatively, tab to the File List, then use the Arrow Keys (on your computer keyboard) to select the file that you want to run. Hit the Enter Key or the Space Bar to run the file. If the file does not end in EXE, COM, PIF, or BAT, then the file will be run in its Associated Program. If the file's ending does not have an Association, you be asked whether you want to set one up or not.

To load a file into the last application that you were working in, select the file that you want to load. Then, press the Last Window Button. Warning -- Before pressing the Last Window Button, make sure of one of these things -- make sure that the application that you are about to load the file into can open more than one document at a time, or, if the application can not open more than one document at a time, make sure you save your work just before trying to load the new file -- it will replace the one you are currently working on. This is a warning - I'd hate for anyone to lose any of their work. We've had enough with Windows 3.0's SAC (spontaneous application combustion). (Or was it UAE?)

To quickly delete a file from the File List, highlight the file that you want to delete. Then, press the Delete key on your computer keyboard. You will be asked for a confirmation. Press "Yes" to delete the file. The delete will be reflected in the File List.

Note:
If you have pressed the button that says "Quick Filing Tools...", the Quick Filing Buttons will morph to give you file manipulating options when you click on, or tab to, the File List. You can use them to delete all the files currently in the File List (the Kill List Button), rename the currently highlighted file, delete the currently highlighted file, or, to access the Bulk File Manager Window.

Tip On The Note:
If you have pressed the Quick Filing Tools Button, you can use the Kill List button to delete all of the files in the File List. This is similar to the DOS "Del" command. If you are like me and jump to a DOS Prompt to use the delete command instead of tangling with the Windows File Manager, then you will like this. For example, to use Gravity Desk 1.1 to get rid of all of your backup files in a certain directory, all you need to do is navigate to that directory (set up a Quick Dir to get there fast), set the file mask (use the List Only Button or the File Mask Box) for the File List, and press the Kill List button. You will be asked for a confirmation. Press "Yes" to kill all the files in the list.



List Only Button
Located in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window and in various dialogs in Gravity Desk 1.1 and other Gravity Products.

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Use the List Only Button to quickly change the file mask of the File List.

When you click on a file in the File List, the words on the List Only Button change to reflect your choice. If the current file mask is "*.*" (All Files) and you click on a file that has an ending (the characters after the . ) of "txt", then the List Only Button will read "List Only TXT". If you click on a file with a different ending, for example "doc", then the List Only Button will read "List Only DOC". If the List Only Button reads "List Only DOC", and you press it, then the File List will show you only files ending with "doc" and the List Only Button will change to read "List All". Press it again and the File List will show you all of the files in the directory.

Notes
When you change directories, the file mask does not change. Hence, you can quite easily browse your directories for only a certain type of file. The current file mask is always shown in the File Mask Box.



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Note:
Just which buttons appear when you press the Quick Filing Tools Button depends on which list you clicked on last, the Directory List or the File List. In the case of the Directory List, four buttons appear - "Make Dir", "Kill Dir", "Rename Dir", and "OK". In the case of the File List, five buttons appear - "Kill List", "Rename", "Delete", "Bulk...", and "OK". Once showing, the buttons change according to whether you click on the Directory List or the File List.


The next three buttons appear if you last clicked on the File List.

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Tip:
You can use the Kill List Button as a replacement for the DOS Command "del". As an example, instead of going to the DOS Prompt to delete all the BAK (*.bak) files in a directory, you can set the file mask for the File List (using the List Only Button or the File Mask Box) so that it shows you only files ending with "bak". Then, you can press the Kill List Button to delete all these files in one swipe. Since the file mask for the File List can be set compoundly (i.e., "*.bak;*.txt"), you can easily delete all of the files that have a few different endings.


Rename Button
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Tip:
You can accomplish the same thing by highlighting a file in the File List, then pressing the Insert key on your computer keyboard.


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Press the Delete Button to delete the currently highlighted file in the File List. You will be asked for a confirmation. Press "Yes". The file will be deleted.

Tip:
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When the Bulk File Manager Window opens, the leftmost directory list, file list, drive list, and mask will be set the same as those in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window.

To Move, Copy or Delete Files Using The Bulk File Manager
In the leftmost file list, highlight the files that you want to move, copy, or delete. Then, press either the button that says "Copy >", the button that says "Move >", or the button that says "Delete". A small window will open up, showing you your file selections and asking you for a confirmation on your intended action. If you press "Yes", your intended action will be carried through. Changes will be reflected in the file list(s).

Note
If you press the button that says "Switch" on it, the lefthand and righthand file list, drive list, directory list, mask, and the setting of the List Only Button, will switch places. The Origin will become the Destination and vice versa.

Tip:
Use the Quick Dir Buttons to rapidly navigate your drives and the List Only Buttons to quickly narrow down your possible selections.


The next three buttons appear if you press the Quick Filing Tools Button, then click on the Directory List.


Make Dir Button

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Press this button to create a subdirectory directly under the current directory (set with the Directory List). A dialog box will open, showing you the current directory and asking you to enter a name for your new directory. Enter the name for your new directory. Press "OK". The new directory will be created and the change will be reflected in the Directory List.


Kill Dir Button

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Press this button to delete the current directory and all of the files it contains.

You will be asked for a confirmation. Press "Yes". The File List will be read. Then, you will be asked for another confirmation. If you press "Yes", all of the files in the current directory will be deleted. You will be asked for one final confirmation: whether you really want to remove the directory from your system. Answer "Yes" to remove the directory. Please be careful! It can be very hard to undelete files once their directory has been removed.

Note
You will only be able to delete the current directory and all its files if the mask for the File List is set for '*.*' (all files). If it is not, set it using the List Only Button or the File Mask Box.


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Press the Rename Dir Button to open up a dialog box asking you to enter a new name for the directory that is currently highlighted in the Directory List. Enter your new name (be sure to type in the full path, including the drive letter and the colon (ie, C:\pictures\raytrace)). Press "OK". The change will be reflected in the Directory List.

Note:
The directory whose name you wish to change does not have to be the current directory, it can be any directory that you highlight in the Directory List, with the exception of a drive's root directory. You cannot rename the root directory. Again, be careful...and don't forget to type in the directory's full path.


OK Button

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When you press the Associate Button, a dialog box, titled "Gravity Desk - Association Setup", opens up. It is pictured below.


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The ending of the file that is highlighted in the File List in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window will be noted in the box near the top left of the Association Setup dialog box, next to the label "Associate:". Let's call this the "Associated Ending", in this case "*.PCX". Use the Quick Dirs Button (or the directory list, drive list, file list, and file mask) to navigate to a program that can load any file with the "Associated Ending". When you have found a program that you think can load this type of file, either press the button that says "Test Association", or, the button that says "Save Association". Press the button that says "Test Association" if you are not sure that your Association will work. Press the "Save Association..." button to save your Association. When you do so, you will be asked for an Alias for the program that you are associating the ending to. Enter an Alias. Press "OK". Your Association will be saved.

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To view a list of all the Associations that you have set up, press the Associations Button (described next).



Associations Button

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The Gravity Desk Associations Window uses two lists to show you all of your Associations. The list on the left, labeled "Endings", shows you all of the endings that you have associated to programs. The list on the right, labeled "Associated Programs", shows you the Alias and file path of all the programs that you you have associated endings with. These lists scroll together: when you click on an item in one list, its corresponding entry in the other list is highlighted.

The "Associated Programs" list has two columns. One if them is not visible in the picture above. The first column shows you the Alias that you have assigned to a program. The second column shows you the Alias' full file path name.

To edit the Alias of one of your Associated Programs
Highlight the Alias that you want to edit. Then, press the button that says "Rename" on it. A dialog will open up asking you for a new Alias. Enter the new Alias. Press "OK". Your changes will be reflected in the "Associated Programs" list.

To change the path of the Associated Program
Press the button that says "Remove" on it. This removes the Association from Gravity Desk 1.1. Then, set up a new association from scratch. The most rapid way is to find a file in the File List (in Gravity Desk 1.1's Main Window) that has the ending that you want to set up an Association for. Highlight it. Then, press the Associate Button to open up the Association Setup dialog.

To remove an Association from Gravity Desk 1.1
In the "Endings" list, highlight the ending that you want to remove. Press the button that says "Remove" on it. You will be asked to confirm that you want to remove the Association for all files ending with "your selection". Press "Yes" to confirm. Your changes will be reflected in both the "Endings" list and the "Associated Programs" list.

To run a program from the Associated Programs Window
Double click on the program in the "Associated Programs" list. Alternatively, you can highlight the program that you want to run in the "Associated Programs" list. Then, press the button that says "Run" on it, or, press the Space Bar or Enter key on your computer keyboard.

Tip:
If you double click on an ending in the "Endings" list, the Associated Program will be run, and its File/Open dialog box will be opened with the file mask set to "*.(ending you clicked on)". This can be a handy way to get around those File/Open dialog boxes that automatically open with a set file mask, like the one in Notepad that always opens to "*.txt".


The End.




Thanks for using Gravity Desk 1.1! If you have any suggestions, ideas, praise, or, I cringe saying it, bug reports, you can reach me via Compuserve at ID 71062,2202. Or, write to me at the address below.


I hope you enjoy using Gravity Desk 1.1. - and don't be afraid to write, your input will help shape the future of Gravity Desk. Thanks a lot!



Jack Killpatrick
Gravity Products
PO Box 423146
San Francisco, CA 94142


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