Archives / 2004 / February
  • Nice WinXP Style Icons for Customizing Folders

    For quite some time I had planned to set up my home machine from scratch; last weekend I finally bit the bullet and did it. One week later I'm still in the "add and tweak" phase (the days after a re-installation when you notice some tools/hotkeys/settings are missing), but things are on their way back to normal.

    While configuring my system I played around with customizing folder icons in Windows Explorer ("Customize" tab on a folder's property dialog). Nice feature -- if you have icons matching the look of your system. Searching the web for folder icons I noticed that people seem to be obsessed with changing the look of their GUI completely, often to a point where I can only wonder whether these systems are used for any actual work...

    If you're looking for some "Standard Windows XP" folder icons for typical document types, you should visit Foood's Icons. The folder icons can be downloaded on this page under "XP Folders (1,2,3, 4 & 5)".

  • Nasty little Difference between "Find" and "Find in Files" in VS.Net 2003

    I'm a keyboard shortcut junkie; at the same time there's a large variation of how fast I pick up a hotkey. While I used Ctrl-F / Ctrl-H (find / find and replace) and Ctrl-Shift-F / Ctrl-Shift-H (find / find and replace in files) for what seems like ages, I only recently started using Alt-F / Alt-A (find next / replace all) in the Find dialog -- don't ask me what took me so long...

    Now sometimes you simply use the wrong shortcut, especially if it's pretty new for you and not completely burnt into your brain. Maybe you're tired or distracted or whatever.

    So what happens if you hit Alt-A (replace all) in a Find dialog? Nothing, because there's no button "Replace All" in this dialog. Sounds reasonable.

    But what happens if you hit Alt-A in a "Find in Files" dialog? Well... it replaces everything you wanted to find with some text you entered in the "Replace in Files" dialog five minutes ago!

    Fortunately I had the "keep modified files open" option checked, so could use Undo...