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date 28.Nov.2022

■ xplorer² v5.3 released, codename Popeye

What's the use of tools if they are not handy? The quick filter box searchbox next to the addressbar is one of the best usability features in xplorer². Up to now you could use it in filtering mode, to locate items in the current folder. The new version extends this search as you type idea for finding filenames in local subfolders too! Set the box to Search mode using the drop-down button menu, and start typing. Matching filenames appear immediately in a popup window, and automatically update as you change the search keyword. You can preview and open files directly, or browse the containing folder for more file management actions. The demo video below explains all the features of the mini-search box.

A few clarifications are in order. First of all the minisearch pane is for simple name searches under the current folder. If you want to search for something slow (e.g. text in documents) then you must still do it the traditional way. The minisearch pane has a menu option to search in contents but then you won't see the results as you type, you must click the search button or <ENTER> key to start searching.

As the popup window space is limited, so are the number of files fetched. If you cannot see the file you are after, use Click for robust search footer to open a scrap window with all the matching files. Click anywhere outside the mini-search window to hide it.

Mini-search as you type begins once you type 4 letters, assuming you have all default settings. This behavior is adjustable through advanced option nCharsAutoFilter (it is the same setting that controls how many letters you type before focus jumps to the quickfilter box automatically). Note you can only increase the search threshold, not the other way round.

Other improvements of note include: (see the changelog for the full list of changes)

Upgrade information

Version 5.3 is a free upgrade for most people that already own v5.x licenses — except those received gratis as a free 1-year upgrade from v4.x. These customers as well as those with with old v4.x keys can upgrade to the latest version with a discount.

Please use Help > Check for updates menu command or the equivalent from ribbon's File leftmost tab to get the new version. If you don't have xplorer² installed try the download page for your free trial.

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