This window is displayed when you choose the Set Filter command from the Panel menu. You can use this window to specify the types of objects that should and/or should not be displayed in the panel. This window contains the following areas:

Names

The masks for the names of objects that should be displayed in the panel. An object is displayed in the panel only if its name matches the include mask, unless it matches the exclude mask. Each mask may contain zero, one, or several name specifications, separated with a semicolon (;). Each name specification may contain the star character (*) to denote zero or more arbitrary characters a name may contain. For more information see Notes below.

Types

Specifies the types of objects that should be included in or excluded from the listing. Each type criterion is represented with a checkbox that may be in one of the following three states:

Grayed
The criterion is ignored.
Checked
All objects of the appropriate type must be included in the listing. The Names specifications are not used for objects of this type.
Cleared
All objects of the appropriate type must be excluded from the listing. The Names specifications are not used for objects of this type.

The types of objects that can be filtered upon are as follows:

Files
The files that are stored on the disks, as opposed to the virtual objects (such as the items in the Control Panel or Dial-Up Networking).
File System Folders (also known as real folders)
The folders that actually exist on the disks, as opposed to the virtual folders (such as My Computer).
Shortcuts
The objects that point to other objects.
Hidden
The hidden objects.
File System Ancestors
The virtual folders that contain file system objects. Examples: My Computer, Network Neighborhood.
Virtual Folders
The virtual folders that are not File System Ancestors. Examples: Recycle Bin.
Virtual Objects
The virtual objects that are not folders. Examples: InBox.

Reset

Press this button to reset all filtering criteria. This will make the panel to display all objects.

Note: The system-wide filtering settings of Windows take precedence over the filters used by AB Commander. For example, if your system is set up so that no hidden files should be shown, they will not be shown by AB Commander even if the Hidden checkbox on the Filter window is checked. To change the system-wide settings, use the View - Options command of My Computer.

Note: If a filter is set for a panel, then the following rules are used to determine whether an object should be included in the listing:

Example 1

Names

Types

The above filter makes the panel to display only objects which have the TXT and DOC name extensions, unless their names begin with A, B, or C.

Example 2

Names

Types

The above filter makes the panel to display only the real folders. All other objects will be excluded from the listing.

Example 3

Names

Types

All real folders are included in the listing. All virtual folders (other than the file system ancestors) are excluded from the listing. All other objects are listed only if their names begin with A, or have the extension TXT.


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