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HIDDEN HOTKEYS
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|i.     Directory/File commands
|ii.    Directory commands
|iii.   File commands
|iv.    Split screen mode (F8) - directory commands
|iv.a   Split screen mode (F8) - file commands
|v.     History list
|vi.    Input prompts
|vi.a   Input prompt eXecute command
|vii.   Branch-/Showall-/Global-view
|vii.a  Ctrl-'S'howall-view (tagged files)
|viii.  File View Window
|viii.a File View Window - Gather commands
|viii.b File View Window - Ctrl-'V'iew all commands
|ix.    Autoview (F7) mode
|x.     Ctrl-'I'nvert menu
|xi.    Open archive (Alt-F5) view
|xii.   Application menu
|xii.a  Application menu - Edit mode
|xiii.  Configuration Main Menu
|xiv.   Color configuration screen

 

One of the reasons for the unsurpassed ease of use of XTree is the fact, that all functions are accessed by hotkeys and all of them are shown on the screen whenever available. However, strictly speaking, it's NEARLY all hotkeys shown, because through all the years of XTree development a number of functions have been added that could not entirely be presented on the screen any longer. And there are hotkeys that are displayed only in certain XTree versions, although available on some others, too. It may be very circumstantial to search for all of them in the manual (if present...), or in the readme- or help-files (besides the fact that nowhere really all of them are mentioned). Therefore I have tried to compile most/all (|do you know further one ?) of this "Hidden hotkeys" in the following table.
 
And because Kim Henkel's great XTree clone ZTree is modeled so close to the XTreeGold versions, I do also mention which hotkeys are available in ZTree, too (so far...).

But note, that hidden hotkeys that solely belong to ZTree (i.e. do *not* have their XTree equivalent) are *no_longer* covered in this list !
For a detailed list of ZTree(Win) hotkeys, please to refer to the >Hotkeys-page at the >ZTreeWin Unofficial Homepage.

 
 
 
 

Hotkey
Function
Applies to
 
 
 
 
i. Directory/File commands

 
 
 
 
"\" or "|"
Invokes treespec command (See also the corresponding topic in the tips collection)
XTG25+,ZTW
CTRL+"\"
Toggles between the last two treespec entries 
XTG25+,ZTW
CTRL+"F"
Toggles between the last two filespec entries
XTG25+,ZTW
Shift+[any letter]
Jumps to the next directory/file that begins with this letter 
XTG25+,ZTW
ALT+"Z"
Quits Xtree and saves every aspect of the current state (highlight bar position, logged files/drives, tags, window, etc.) in a file named "XTGOLD.TMP" and will restore everything on the next restart
XTPG,XTG
F2
Redraw screen (Useful if executed DOS or memory resident programs have caused any unexpected changes to the display)
XTPG,XTG
F4
Cycles the current command menu through the standard, Alt, and Ctrl menus
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
"/"
Same as "?" (show extended disk/file statistics)
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
SPACE
Same as down-arrow
XTP,XTPG,
XTG,ZTW

CTRL+ALT
Display version information
XTP,XTPG,XTG
CTRL+ALT
Display program author information
XT2.0 ONLY
SHIFT+CTRL+ALT
Display program author information
XT2.00E,XT2.02Eq
CTRL+"L"
If the specified drive is NOT logged, XTree logs it in memory, retaining any other logged drives. However, if you have already logged the specified disk, XTree simply switches to the drive. (Hidden in XTreePro)
XTP,XTPG,
XTG,ZTW

Scroll Lock
Prevent Pulldown menu items (F10) to flash when selected
(Only XTG 2.0; in XTG 2.5 and above configurable via ALT+F10)

XTreeGold
2.0 ONLY

F9
CTRL Lock; substitutes holding down the CTRL key
XTP
F10
ALT Lock; substitutes holding down the ALT key
XT2,XTP
F4
Hide/unhide command display
XT1,XT2
 
 
 
 
ii. Directory commands

 
 
 
 
"+" or "="
Logs the highlighted directory
XTG,ZTW
Insert
Logs the highlighted directory
XTG/xt,  
ZTW/xt
"*"
Logs the entire highlighted branch
XTG,ZTW
"-" or "_"
Unlogs the entire highlighted branch (same function as Alt-Release Branch)
XTG25+
"-"
Unlogs the entire highlighted branch (same function as Alt-Release Branch)
XTreeGold
2.0 ONLY,
or ZTW

"_"
Unlog and completely hide entire branch until drive-relog
(in contrast to F6 (see below))

XTreeGold
2.0 ONLY

SHIFT+Gray"-"
Unlog and completely hide entire branch until drive-relog
(in contrast to F6 (see below))

XTG,ZTW
Delete
Unlogs the entire highlighted branch (same function as Alt-Release Branch)
XTG/xt,  
ZTW/xt
SHIFT+Delete
Unlog and completely hide entire branch until drive-relog
(in contrast to F6 (see below))

XTG/xt
F5
Toggle between showing the entire branch under the current directory, or only the 1st level subdirectories (indicated by a preceding centered dot (or a "+" in XTreeProGold)).
(see also NOTE below)

XTPG,XTG,ZTW
F6
Toggle between showing the entire branch under the current directory, or hiding the branch (indicated by a preceding centered dot (or a "+" in XTreeProGold)).
(NOTE: even though you hide a branch on the tree by using F5 or F6, the files in these directories are still logged in memory.  This means, for example, that those files will appear in a Branch or Showall display)

XTPG,XTG,ZTW
"<" or ","
Switch to the previous logged drive (in alphabetical order)
XTG,ZTW
"-" or "_"
Switch to the previous logged drive (in alphabetical order)
XTP,XTPG,
XTG/xt,ZTW/xt

">" or "."
Switch to the next logged drive (in alphabetical order)
XTG,ZTW
"+" or "="
Switch to the next logged drive (in alphabetical order)
XTP,XTPG,
XTG/xt,ZTW/xt

Left arrow
Moves to the parent of the current directory, stopping when the parent is the first-level subdirectory
XTP,XTPG,
XTG,ZTW

Right arrow
Moves down the current path to the last subdirectory in that path
XTP,XTPG,
XTG,ZTW

Tab
Moves down to the next directory on the same level as the current directory, within the same branch of the tree
XTP,XTPG,
XTG,ZTW

SHIFT+Tab
Moves up to the next directory on the same level as the current directory, within the same branch of the tree
XTP,XTPG,
XTG,ZTW

"E"
Edit a new file in the current directory 
(same as Alt+"E" in XTG)
XTP11,XTPG,
XTG,ZTW

"Z"
Same as "B" (invoke Branch view)
XTG,ZTW
ALT+F9
Select video mode (Hidden in XTreeProGold)
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
F7/F8
Tag/Untag all files on disk
XT1
F9/F10
Tag/Untag all files in current directory
XT1
F5
Keep filespec on re-log
XT2
 
 
 
 
iii. File commands

 
 
 
 
CTRL+F4
Show only tagged files. (Hidden in XTreeGold)
XTG25+,ZTW
ALT+F8
Partial untag of files not yet being copied/moved after encountering a "disk full" error and hitting "ESC" (Same as CTRL+F8 in XTreeProGold 1.43 and above resp. XTreeGold)
XTPG
F7/F8
Tag/Untag all files
XT1
F9/F10
Tag/Untag current file
XT1
 
 
 
 
iv. Split screen mode (F8) - directory commands

 
 
 
 
Tab
Toggles the active window
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
 
 
 
 
iv. Split screen mode (F8) - file commands

 
 
 
 
Tab
Toggles the active window
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
 
 
 
 
v. History list

 
 
 
 
Insert
Save entry permanently (indicated by a small block in front) - hitting "Insert" again sets back this status
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
Delete
Deletes entries - you won't have guessed that ;-)
XTPG,XTG,ZTW

 
 
 
vi. Input prompts

 
 
 
 
CTRL+Backspace
Erase the line and move the cursor to the beginning.
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
Alt+[three digit  
number from numpad]
Inserts the according ASCII character from the active codepage.
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
Down arrow
Same as 'Up arrow' (invoke the history list).
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
F3
Paste in the most recent used response to the prompt.
(Hidden in XTree(Pro)Gold)

XTPG,XTG,ZTW
Up arrow
Paste in the most recent used response to the prompt (except for the eXecute command input prompt, |see below).
XTP
 
 
 
 
vi.a Input prompt eXecute command

 
 
 
 
Up arrow or
Down arrow

Invoke eXecute command history (XTP for the current session only, while XTPG,XTG& ZTW provide an extended history for all input prompts that are moreover stored between sessions)
XTP,(XTPG,
XTG,ZTW)

 
 
 
 
vii. Branch-/Showall-/Global-view

 
 
 
 
"\"
Switches to the file window of the highlighted file (See also the corresponding topic in the tips collection)
XTG25+,ZTW
ALT+F4
Special compare menu; different to that from standard file view (not really a HIDDEN hotkey, but probably rather a hidden FUNCTION nevertheless)
XTG,(ZTW)
 
 
 

vii.a Ctrl-'S'howall-view (tagged files)


 
 
 
F2
Hide meanwhile untagged files from display (condense/refresh list of tagged files; Ctrl+F4 in XTG 2.5/3.0 at this state has the same effect)
XTPG,XTG

 
 
 
viii. File View Window

 
 
 
 
"J"
Junk/Pack view mode, suppresses all non-printable characters - useful for instance to find text strings in exe/binary-files. Can be toggled between masked (default) and unmasked mode by hitting "M". (Hidden in XTree(Pro)Gold)     -- thanx to Daniel / and Kimbo for ZTW!
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
"Q" or ENTER
Same as ESCAPE (Quit file view)
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
"S"
Same as F9 (search for text). (Hidden in XTree(Pro)Gold)
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
"T"
Toggle tabsize between 4 and 8 (handy when viewing indented source code). (Hidden in XTree(Pro)Gold)
-- thanx to Bernard Murray for this tip!

XTPG,XTG,ZTW
SPACE
Search again (Hidden in XTPG; same as F10 in XTPG)
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
"\" or "|"
Same as SHIFT+Up(resp.Down) arrow (autoscroll; stopped by any key)
NOTE: This is invoked by the physical key right from the left SHIFT-key, which may be a different charcter on non-US keyboards (For example on a German keyboard it's the "<" resp. ">" symbols).

XTPG,XTG
F1
Quit XTree
XT1,XT2
F3
Same as ENTER (Quit file view)
XT1,XT2
Left arrow/
Right arrow
Autoscroll up (resp. down); hitting SHIFT will repeat this command (speed/lines to scroll selected by 0...9 keys)
XT1
SHIFT+Up arrow/
SHIFT+Down arrow
Autoscroll up (resp. down); hitting SHIFT will repeat this command (speed/lines to scroll selected by 0...9 keys)
XT2,XTP

 
 
 
viii.a File View Window - Gather commands

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
viii.b File View Window - Ctrl-'V'iew all commands

 
 
 
 

 
 

ix. Autoview (F7) mode

 
 
 
 
SHIFT+[arrow keys]
SHIFT+PgUp/PgDwn
SHIFT+Home/End
Scroll in file
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
SHIFT+"A"
ASCII view mode
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
SHIFT+"D"
Dump view mode
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
SHIFT+"H"
Hex view mode
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
SHIFT+"J"
Junk/Pack view mode - see |topic vii. above
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
SHIFT+"M"
Mask (7 bit) view mode
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
SHIFT+"W"
Word wrap view mode
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
 
Note: All these SHIFT+A/D/H/J/M/W hotkeys toggle view to the mode used before or back of hit a second or further time.
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
F7
Quit autoview mode
XTPG,XTG,ZTW

 
 

x. Ctrl-'I'nvert menu

 
 
 
 
"I"
Invert Tags (same as "T")   -- thanx to Ken Meece for this tip !
XTPG,XTG,ZTW
 
 
 
 
xi. Open archive (Alt-F5) view


 
 
 
"Q"
Same as ESCAPE (Quit archive view)
XTPG14,XTG,ZTW
"I"
Invert tag on current file
XTPG14,XTG,ZTW
CTRL+"I"
Invert tags on all tagged files
XTPG14,XTG,ZTW
"C"
Same as "E" (extract file from archive)
XTG3,ZTW
ALT+"C"
Same as Alt+"E" (extract all tagged files from archive with paths)
XTG3,ZTW
CTRL+"V" or
CTRL+"B"

Building list file for the archive (suitable for 'G'athering a list of straight path-/filenames)    -- thanx to Cal!
XTG25+
 
 
 

xii. Application menu


 
 
 
ALT+"I"
Inserts a copy of the entire application menu tree (as present) at the current position
XTG
 
P.S.: To expand entire branches, one level, to collapse branches, or to move within the tree the same hotkeys as for the |directory commands are provided, as there are: "*", "+", "-", Left/right arrow, and TAB/SHIFT-TAB.

NOTE: In XTreeGold 2.0, contrary to the later versions, just the two ALT-hotkeys, but not (most of the) unshifted ones are listed at the bottom (only in the F10 pull-down menus), as there are: 'A'dd, 'D'elete, 'E'dit, 'G'raphics toggle, 'M'ove, 'R'ename, 'U'ndo, and 'Q'uit.

XTG
 
 
 

xii.a Application menu - Edit mode


 
 
 
F2
Automatically inserts the three-line entry required to call the last highlighted program file
XTG25+

 
 

xiii. Configuration Main Menu

 
 
 
 
ALT+F10
Quit config-menu and use new settings only for the current session (do not save it permanently)
XTG25+
 
 
 

xiv. Color configuration screen





Numrow [1...0]
Call a pre-defined color set
XTPG,XTG
SHIFT+F1...F10    
and CTRL+F1...F10
Call more pre-defined color sets
XTG25+
 

Explanations/abbreviations:
---------------------------
 
"Numrow" means number keys 1 - 0 only from the top keyboard row
"Numpad" means number keys only from the numeric keypad block (with Numlock on)

XT1      XTree version 1
XT2      XTree version 2
XTP      XTreePro (versions 0.x to 1.1)
XTP11    XTreePro version 1.1
XTPG     XTreeProGold (versions 1.3 to 1.4x)
XTPG14   XTreeProGold version 1.4x
XTG      XTreeGold (versions 2.0 to 3.0x)
XTG/xt   XTreeGold (versions 2.0 to 3.0x),
          if run with "/xt" command line switch
XTG25+   XTreeGold versions 2.50 to 3.0x
XTG3     XTreeGold version 3.0 or 3.01
ZTW      ZTreeWin resp. ZTreeBold (most recent (beta) version)
ZTW/xt   ZTreeWin resp. ZTreeBold (most recent (beta) version),
          if run with "/xt" command line switch
 
(It may be helpful to have a look to the version history also) 

Not mentioned here are the most obvious key functions like Up-arrow, Down-arrow, Home, End, PageUp, PageDown, Enter, Escape, etc.
Also not mentioned (yet) are hotkeys for external modules like the 1word text editor or the autocad viewer.

Some (but not all) of the above listed hotkeys are indeed listed in the F10-invoked menus of XTreeGold, but you may agree that the real power user of XTree never will endeavour that odd pull-down menus (neither to trouble the mouse), otherwise we could use one of those fuzzy Windows file-managers as well.
 

 

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