In addition to the most recently accessed files shown on the ever-changing File ⁄ Reopen list, you may add your most used files to a list of Favorite TreePad files that you can display with one click and select with another. The advantages of this include:
- The order of your Favorites will not change unless you rearrange them, so you expect to find a particular file in the same location each time.
- Creating or accessing a number of other files has no effect on the Favorites list, whereas this would push your Favorites off the Reopen list.
- A toolbutton icon for this feature makes access to these files faster than navigating down the File menu.
To display the Favorites list
- Click the Favorites1 icon on the File toolbar; or
- Click Main menu ⁄ File ⁄ Favorites.
Either action display a drop-down list of the files you have selected, together with menu choices to Add current file and Configure the items on the list.
To access the Favorites configuration screen
- Click the Favorites icon and then selecting Configure on the drop-down list; or
- Click Main menu ⁄ View ⁄ Options ⁄ Favorites.
To add the current file
Click Add current file on the Favorites icon's drop-down list.
To add a file to the list
Click the "+" button on the configuration screen and navigate to the desired file.
To remove a file from the list
Select the file and click the "-" button on the configuration screen.
To rearrange files on this list
In the configuration screen, click the file to be moved, drag it over the file to be displaced and release it. See Glossary for a more detailed description of drag-and-drop.
To show only the file name (and not the path)
In the configuration screen, uncheck 'Show full path in favorites list'.
- The full tooltip name is "Show list of favorite TreePad files".
- The Favorites list is independent of the file currently open.
- If the current file is on the list, its name will be shown disabled.
- There is no significant limit to the number of files that may be added to this list.
- Be careful of editing the Favorites list if more than one instance of TreePad is concurrently open, since this list is instance-specific. For example, assume the Favorites list is empty to start with. Open File A and File B concurrently in separate instances of TreePad. You decide that each is worth adding to the Favorites list. So in each instance you add the current file to the list by clicking the Favorites icon, then Add current file. You then close file B and finally file A. The next time you run TreePad you discover that the Favorites list only contains file A, since this was the last instance to be closed. To prevent this, if you need to edit⁄reconfigure the Favorites list while two instances are running concurrently:
- Edit only the instance that will be closed last; or
- Run only one instance at a time (safer); or
- Open the second (and subsequent) instances using the ⁄na command-line parameter (which prevents writing to the Windows Registry) and confine editing your Favorites to the first instance.