User Guide, v1.3

FileRally collects your most recently used and most frequently used files into one virtual folder. The files you use constantly and the files you modified yesterday are there at your fingertips without folder navigation.

With FileRally you can
o Specify folders containing files of interest
o Specify number of files to display
o View files as names, icons, or a detailed list
o Sort the detailed list by name, size, date, or use count
o Double click files to open them with their default application, or
o Open files with the application of your choice


  Getting Started

FileRally keeps track of files that you modify.  Whenever you change a file, FileRally puts the file on top of a list of "most recently used" files and increases its "use count" by one.  In this way, FileRally can present to you the files you most recently used and most frequently used. It's up to you to decide which files are to be tracked by FileRally.

1. Select the folders to be monitored.  FileRally tracks all the files in monitored folders.  When you select a folder for monitoring, all its subfolders are also monitored.

2. Decide how many recently used and frequently used files are to be displayed. (There may be overlap between these two sets of files.)

3. Select other files to be displayed.  Since FileRally tracks modifications, files that are frequently viewed but not modified will not normally be displayed in the FileRally window. Also, files that are not in monitored folders will not be displayed.  You can display these kinds of files in the FileRally window by dragging them from a file explorer window and dropping them into the FileRally window. Then you may want to give them a high use count (see below) so they stay there.

4. That's it!  Now, as you modify files, FileRally will track them.  When you activate the FileRally window or press the Refresh Files button they will be displayed.  After a few days use, the FileRally window will become the first place to go for the files you use the most. For a quicker start, drag some of your most used files from a file explorer window to the FileRally window.

Choose a View

Right click in the FileRally window to choose a file view mode.  You may choose "View compact" for a simple list of files; "View icons" for a list of files and their application or type icons; or "View details" for a list of files with size, date, and use count information.  In the detailed view you may sort by any column by clicking on the column name.

By selecting "Show all files", you may temporarily override your settings and view all the files that FileRally is tracking.  Use this command when you are looking for a file that is not displayed because it has a low use count and hasn't been recently used.  This view remains active until the next command, manual file refresh, or automatic file refresh.

Alternatively, you can select "Show file filter" and enter a partial filename.  FileRally will display all the files that it is tracking that contain the partial filename.


Double click a file to open it with its associated application.

Select one or more files by clicking them. Then right click to view available commands:

Open Open the selected files with their associated applications.

Open with... Open the selected files with an application of your choice.  Browse to the application and select it.  Previously used applications are presented in a submenu.

Open folder Open the folders containing the selected files with the system's default file explorer.

Set default application... Set the associated application for a file type, i.e, file extension. This command overrides the associated application used by the operating system's file explorer. Optionally, the file explorer application used to open folders (type = folder) may also be specified, On some Linux systems, file explorer settings are not accessible to FileRally so this command must be used before double clicking, Open, and Open folder will function.

Set use count... Set the use count of the selected files.

Hide Remove the selected files from the FileRally view.  This command sets their use counts to zero. The files are NOT deleted.

Delete Permanently delete the selected files.

Control Buttons

FileRally's control buttons are located on the left side of the FileRally window.

Help Display program documentation links and other information about the program.

Program Settings Select file and folder options for FileRally.

Refresh Files Refresh the file display to show the most recently used and most frequently used files. Refresh is automatic when FileRally becomes the top window.

Exit the Program Quit the FileRally program.  Caution: FileRally cannot monitor your folders when it is not running. Keep FileRally running while you are working with files.

Some Notes

Usually when you modify a monitored file using an application, FileRally increases the file's use count by one.  However, because applications often modify a file several times during the course of a single SAVE operation, the use count may actually increase by more than one.  FileRally attempts to remove these extraneous modifications from the use count but this is not always possible.

FileRally treats multiple consecutive modifications of a file as a single use.

Renaming causes use counts to be set to zero.  When a file is renamed, its use count is set to zero.  When a folder is renamed, the use counts of all contained files are set to zero.  If you rename a monitored folder (one that appears in "Program Settings/Folders") you must also add the new folder name to "Program Settings/Folders" for monitoring to continue.

Shortcuts (on Windows) may be dragged to the FileRally window but their use counts will not change during normal usage.

Hidden files and temp files (*.tmp) are never displayed by FileRally.

In case of internal error, FileRally
creates a file named "filerally_log.txt" in your home directory.  This may be useful when reporting errors to the author.

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