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====ROX Filer====
~**ROX-Filer** is the default file manager in many versions of Puppy and forms part of the [[DesktopEnvironments desktop environment]]. It is a component taken from the ROX desktop environment.

==Screenshot==
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==Using Rox Filer==
~Quick start:
~~-Access Rox by clicking a directory icon on desktop or choose 'File Manager' from the Start menu.
~~-//'Left click icon'// to open files and directories. //'Right click icon'// to get a menu for that item.
~~-//'Dragging files with left mouse button'// either copies files/ shows menu (copy, move, link, etc)
~~-//'Dragging files with right mouse button'// either moves files/ shows menu (copy, move, link, etc)
~~-[[RoxMiniBuffer Mini-buffer]] is a bar that appears at the bottom of a filer window when //'/'// is pressed, used to jump to another folder.
~~-Shell command box - to enter a command //Right-click > Window > Shell Command...//
~~-//'F1'// To show Rox manual file press (or click on the 'help' on the toolbar)
~~-//'Left click eye'// to toggle hidden file view, //'Right click eye'// to toggle image thumbnail view

==Shortcut Table==
""<div class="informaltable" id="id2718320">
<br>
<table style="text-align: left; background-color: rgb(255, 204, 153); width: 98%;" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2">
<thead><tr><th style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Key / mouse</th>
<th style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);">Action</th>
</tr>
</thead><tbody>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;">Left click</td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Open the file or directory clicked on.<br>
Hold down <span class="keycap">Ctrl</span> to select things. Hold down <span class="keycap">Shift</span> to:<br>
1. look inside applications 2. treat files as text 3. follow symlinks or 4. mount devices. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;">Middle click</td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Open the file or directory clicked on.<br>
Click on a file: open the file and close rox.<br>
Click on a folder: open the directory in a new window.<br>
</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;">Right click</td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Open the main menu.<br>
Hold down <span class="keycap">Ctrl</span> while clicking to go directly to the Selection submenu.<br>
Hold down <span class="keycap">Shift</span> to get the Send To menu . </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;">Drag an item (left mouse button)</td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Copy file(s) to the destination (an application or another filer window).<br>
Hold down <span class="keycap">Shift</span> to move the file<br>
<span class="keycap">Ctrl</span>+<span class="keycap">Shift</span> to create a symbolic link. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;">Drag an item (middle mouse button)</td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> When you let go, display a menu of possible actions (copy, move, link, etc).<br>
There is an option to make this move the files rather than open the menu. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;">Drag (not over an item)</td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Select a group of items by dragging a box around them.<br>
Then "<span class="keycap">Ctrl</span> + left click" to add items to the selection.<br>
Or, "<span class="keycap">Ctrl</span> + middle click" to select and unselect. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;">Double-click background</td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Resize window to a sensible size. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td colspan="2" rowspan="1" style="vertical-align: top; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 204);"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Key</span><br>

</td>

</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"><span class="keycap">Backspace</span></td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Go to parent directory. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;">Arrow keys</td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Move the cursor around. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"><span class="keycap">Page Up</span>,<br>
<span class="keycap">Page Down</span></td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Move the cursor up and down a page at a time. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"><span class="keycap">Home</span>,
<span class="keycap">End</span></td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Move to the first/last entry in the directory. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"><span class="keycap">Enter</span><br>
</td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Acts like clicking on the file. Hold down Shift for other effects, as with clicking. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"><span class="keycap">Spacebar</span></td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Toggles the item under the cursor between being selected and unselected,and moves to next item. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"><span class="keycap">Tab</span>, <span class="keycap">Shift</span>+<span class="keycap">Tab</span></td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;"> Moves the cursor to the next/previous selected
item. </td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;">Hold mouse over an item</td>
<td style="background-color: lightyellow;">
Shows a tooltip with brief description of the application (if
available), the target of symlink, and the full name of file, if it's
too long to show in the main window. </td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>

</div><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span>* Mouse button bindings can be changed in the Options window.<br>
""

==Navigation==
~Open new window:
~~Click a folder with middle mouse button (both buttons together simulates middle button)

~Open new Home dir window:
~~Click the Home icon with middle mouse button

~Open a new window showing the parent dir:
~~Click up arrow with middle/right mouse button

~Set bookmark</li>
~~Press ctrl+0 to ctrl+9. To change the rox dir to that bookmark, just press the number key: 0 to 9 (it will even remember which files are selected)

==Open Files==
~Drag file(s) to a rox icon and the file(s) will be opened with the run-action-command. E,g, select some mp3 files then drag<
~From the command line type: "rox readme.txt" to open readme.txt using the default rox action
~Put programs in the sendto menu and send files to it: E.g, select 3 or 4 pictures, hold shift and right click to get the sendto menu, and send the pics to [[mtpaint]] ... or mp3s can be sent to [[gxine]].

==Define Keys==
~You can bind keys to menu items. E.g, right-click a file, move the mouse over the Delete menu item, and press the D key. Now you can select any files and press D to delete them. To reset the keys press 'Backspace'.
~However, certain Rox installs do not have this feature enabled, and they require to create a file /root/.gtkrc.mine, with the command gtk-can-change-accels = 1 on it. Full instructions: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=48180


==Misc Actions==
~Drag any item from a rox window to the desktop to create a desktop icon.
~To change icon text's background: 1. right-click a desktop icon and select Rox-Filer, Options; 2. click the Pinboard tab; 3. select Text Style: No Background; 4. click Save (apply other effects to check but always SAVE).
~If you add partitions to [[fstab]], you can mount/unmount them by holding shift and clicking the mount point (e.g, /mnt/windows3)

==Also on the Wiki==
~[[RoxMiniBuffer ROX Mini Buffer]] - folder navigation tool
~[[PcManFm]] - ""LXDE"" file manager
~[[fstab]]

==Related Webpages==
~[[http://rox.sourceforge.net/ ROX homepage]]
~[[http://bkhome.org/blog/?viewDetailed=02853 ROX on Barry's Blog]]
~[[http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=57166 ROX-Filer Modification]]
~[[http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=79295 How to change sort from horizontal to vertical]]

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==Categories==
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