Windows XP tweak

Netlist

diyAudio Moderator Emeritus
2003-01-18 9:50 am
Is anyone aware of a hack to make the ‘File->Open’ dialog window display ‘Details’ by default instead of a simple ‘List’ in WinXP?

/Hugo
 

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Netlist

diyAudio Moderator Emeritus
2003-01-18 9:50 am
Indeed, Word remembers.
Explorer doesn't and going through the hassle each time I open a file is very annoying and time consuming.

Every program that uses the windows explorer 'File->Open interface behaves the same. Setting the view properties doesn't help either.
I was thinking of a registry tweak but until now, I haven't found it.

/Hugo
 

Netlist

diyAudio Moderator Emeritus
2003-01-18 9:50 am
I can't use another OS with Audition, as that is the app I use the File->Open dialogue a lot.

Meanwhile, I found that the menu items for the Open window are most likely located in shell32.dll.
With Resource Hacker, I can see the Menuitems for 'List', 'Details'... (Menu, 215, 1043 for those among you that feel like tweaking around a bit)
I'll dig a little deeper to find out who controls shell32.dll, hoping to find how the make the Details the default setting.


P.S. I_Forgot, would you mind scaling down your sig a bit? :)

/Hugo
 
Hi Hugo,

The File|Open dialog used in Windows applications is provided by a Windows API function called GetOpenFileName(). The behavior of this function is controlled by data contained in a structure called OPENFILENAME passed to the GetOpenFileName() function as an argument.

The bottom line is that most of the behavior of File|Open must be defined by the developer of the software that uses the function, and not by the system. This is done by filling in the contents of the OPENFILENAME structure before calling GetOpenFileName().

I could be wrong on this, but it appears that the OPENFILENAME structure does not support flags that allow the programmer to directly specify the initial mode of the view menu (details, list, etc.). The only way I can figure out to do this would be with a so-called "hook procedure" that would depend on undocumented features of GetOpenFileName(). So MS is making it very inconvenient for developers to do this - to say the least. This is probably why so few developers make the effort required for this to work.
 

forr

Member
2004-12-01 6:46 pm
Next door
Hi Netlist,
For years, an old friend of mine and myself have been looking for a solution to this stupid Windows behaviour. Still not found !
I just checked that some Microsoft Office programs remember the "details" option by default (but neither Notepad nor Wordpad) so a solution exists. Please let us know if you find it.
 

Netlist

diyAudio Moderator Emeritus
2003-01-18 9:50 am
Andy, most valuable info.
I'll try to wade trough the pages but as you said, if it's in the code, most likely, nothing can be changed.

Forr, glad I'm not alone.
I'm a pretty persistent guy at times so I won't give up for now, unless the above is true.

/Hugo
 

MJL21193

Disabled Account
2007-03-10 1:20 am
mpmarino said:
Hmm, isn't this function in 'folder options' as below:

maybe I misunderstand the issue....


I think he's talking about the same problem I've had where the default view for my pictures folders are "thumbnails" and to select a pic to show here, it doesn't show thumbs, but uses the "list" view.
Nothing I've done has changed this. Aggravating.
 

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