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date 18.Mar.2018

■ Even stubborn menu commands can be placed on toolbars for ease of access

xplorer² is all about efficiency and control. You can assign accelerators (shortcut keys) to any menu command using Customize > Keyboard menu command. If you prefer using the mouse then you can put frequently used commands on the toolbar. Doing this for menu commands with icons is easy as we've seen before, but for the icon-less kind people used to employ white hat hacks like menuhack.

Latest version 4.0 added macro commands to xplorer². Many people will find them quirky but there is a very simple application for the task at hand. You can create and save a simple macro that just executes a menu command, and put the macro on any toolbar, with a unique custom icon. The syntax is very easy, use COMMAND instruction followed by the name of the command as it appears on the menu, e.g.

COMMAND "large icons"

will execute the command for large icons (found in View > Pane style submenu). It's best to use the full name making sure you execute the intended command, but many times you can get away with a unique part of the name. You can even use the equivalent command identifier number as revealed by command finder (=32780 for this command). Here's the demo video with step-by-step instructions:

If you prefer the ribbon toolbar UI, then you can place frequently used commands on the quick access toolbar, which is a little toolbar on the window titlebar. You can right click on any ribbon command (regardless on which tab it's found) and use Add to quick access toolbar menu command. To remove a command from this special toolbar use the context menu (right click on it). quick access toolbar

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