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    Dirkey

    "Dirkey is a small utility that enables you to define bookmarks for folders and go back to these bookmarked folders from within File Open/Save dialogs and Windows Explorer. You can set and go to these bookmarks using your keyboard or your mouse. When Dirkey is active you can press Ctrl+Alt+0..9 in e.g. an Open/Save File dialog and a bookmark will be set on the current folder. You can go to any bookmarked folder by using Ctrl+0..9 in the same or another supported window. All bookmarks are global and are preserved when you turn your computer off. You can also open bookmarked folders in a new Explorer window."

    I just started using this <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware and really like its Open/Save File dialog enhancement. Right-clicking the X (Close) button on the dialog window brings up all my "favorite" Open/Save locations to choose from, as in the second screenshot. Sort of like an extension of the Places sidebar on the left of the standard dialog, but with more capacity/ flexibility. I could also use a hotkey, but I tend to forget those. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> You can similarly open your favorite locations in Windows Explorer. Only 145KB download, and a tiny <400KB memory footprint

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    Re: Dirkey

    You might want to see if you can help out here: <post:=658,034>post 658,034</post:>

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    Re: Dirkey

    Thanks, Big Al. I started that thread and had forgotten about it. I don't know how many hours I spent trying to get DirKey to work. I even tried it on a pristine just installed Windows XP SP2 system but it just wouldn't work. I've kind of switched to AutoHotKey which is a good replacement for Copernic's WinKey but much more powerful and hence more complex. Alan, are you using DirKey with XP or something else?

    Thanks,

    Chris

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    Re: Dirkey

    Chris, I'm using it on XP-SP2. It installed and ran "straight out of the box" first go. There is some info on the homepage about different versions. Maybe some of that is of relevance to your situation? In what way does it "no longer works with Explorer", as per your <post:=658,034>post 658,034</post:> ?

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    Re: Dirkey

    Thanks, Alan. Which version are you using. I think I actually tried them all but I guess it wouldn't hurt to retry the one that is working for you.

    Chris

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    Re: Dirkey

    The one I downloaded (for no particular reason) is 2.0a. Direct d/l link is DIRKEY20.EXE (145kb).

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    Re: Dirkey

    Thanks for the quick reply. The problem I was having was that pressing ctl+alt+number did not set a shortcut. Can you set shortcuts like that and use ctrl + number to navigate to them?

    Chris

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    Re: Dirkey

    I think I can see the problem here, with this utility. I think the author's explanation is correct, but not so intuitive for those not familiar with how Windows deals with hotkeys. In essence, Dirkey's hotkeys are only "active" when certain window/dialog types are in focus:
    <hr>... from within <font color=red>File Open/Save dialogs and Windows Explorer</font color=red>. You can set and go to these bookmarks using your keyboard or your mouse. When Dirkey is active you can press Ctrl+Alt+0..9 in e.g. an Open/Save File dialog and a bookmark will be set on the current folder. You can go to any bookmarked folder by using Ctrl+0..9 <font color=red>in the same or another supported window</font color=red>. All bookmarks are <font color=blue>global</font color=blue> and are preserved when you turn your computer off. You can also open bookmarked folders in a new Explorer window. <hr>
    This is different to assigning "system-wide" hotkeys. In this context, the author's use of "<font color=blue>global</font color=blue>" above is rather confusing.

    I did a lot of work on the (rather messy) way in which Win9x dealt with hotkeys, but never got round to digging into XP. I'm wondering if you're mainly interested in the File Open/Save dialogs and Windows Explorer features of Dirkey (which is my reason for using it) or if you're after system-wide hotkeys? Or both?

    Alan

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    Re: Dirkey

    Hi Alan, I used to use it for the file/open save dialogues and windows explorer. I used WinKey for launching applications. When I mentioned that it wasn't setting hot keys that was when a Windows Explorer window was active. Basically, it just stopped working after I upgraded my computer.

    Chris

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    Re: Dirkey

    I think I misunderstood some of what you said, as well as some of the program settings. I just had a fiddle and this is what (I think) transpired:
    I already had one bookmark, so from Windows Explorer:
    1. Used Ctrl+Alt+2 to try to bookmark a folder. Ctrl+2 didn't appear to work and the bookmark was not registered.
    2. Used Ctrl+Plus instead. Ctrl+2 then did work and the bookmark was registered.
    3. Deleted bookmark 2, then repeated 1. above. This time things appeared to work OK and Ctrl+2 navigated to registered bookmark 2.

    See if that works for you. Maybe there's a bit of a glitch somewhere?

    Alan

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    Re: Dirkey

    Hi Alan,

    I'm due to be jumping on a plane in a few hours so I will unfortunately need to leave off fiddling with this for a bit - maybe a month! I haven't tested anything out but remember that ctl + alt + number was the default for setting a shortcut folder and clt + number was the default for jumping to that folder. You needed to be in Windows Explorer to set a shortcut. My apologies for cutting, running and flying away.

    All the best,

    Chris

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