Methods of starting TreePad
1. Click its icon in the Windows Start menu
This is the simplest method and is recommended for inexperienced users. The icon is simply a shortcut to the program, which is located in the installation directory. You may find it useful to make further copies of this shortcut, adding extra command-line switches if necessary, and pasting them in a more convenient location such as the Windows Desktop.
2. Double-click its program icon in Windows Explorer
You can start TreePad in this way by going to its installation directory and clicking the appropriate .exe file, e.g., TreePadPlus.exe. Even without installing the program, TreePad can be run from the download directory simply by unzipping the installation. TreePad is small enough to be run from a floppy disk (see Installing and uninstalling TreePad).
3. Double-click a TreePad file in Windows Explorer
Provided that you have run TreePad once, in order to associate TreePad (.tpd, .hjt and .htmhjt) database files with it in the Windows Registry, double-clicking a TreePad file in Windows Explorer is all it takes to open an instance of TreePad containing the file. As long as system resources permit, you may open several TreePad files concurrently, each within its own instance of TreePad.
This method has the disadvantage that you cannot guarantee that the same version of TreePad will be used each time, since it depends on the last version used. See Using different program versions for a discussion of this.
Opening the file directly is faster than first opening TreePad, then the file, and is termed the document-centric approach. Note: TreePad opens three types of files, .tpd, .hjt and .htmlhjt. See TreePad file types.
4. Run a shortcut (you previously created) to a TreePad file
Provided that TreePad has been associated with TreePad database files files, you can create a shortcut to one, locate the shortcut conveniently somewhere in the Windows Start menu or on the Desktop, then summon TreePad to open it with just one click on the shortcut. Alternatively you could install a third party menu launcher program and give it the name of your file.
This method is quicker and more convenient than methods 2 or 3 above.
5. Run TreePad from the command line
Click Windows Start ⁄ Run... and type TreePad's path, name and any other parameters. Although slowest, this will allow you to experiment with command-line switches.
Having started TreePad in one of these ways, you can also choose whether or not it should also open a file . You can decide this:
1. By selecting Main menu: View⁄Options⁄Startup.
Your choices are:
- Show the 'Quick Start' dialog (default) (described below).
- Ask at startup whether or not to load the last opened file.
- Automatically load the last opened file at startup.
- Do not load any file at startup.
The 'Quick Start' dialog (default)
This is useful particularly if you are just becoming acquainted with TreePad.
This screen asks you:
What would you like to do?
- Open a recent file:
- Open a file from disk
- Create a new file
- Do none of the above
You also have the choice to show this dialog each time TreePad starts.
2. By specifying a startup file in the command used to open TreePad
3. By double-clicking the desired TreePad file in Windows Explorer
(This is method #3 in Methods of starting TreePad, above.)