FindeXer Nightly Development Update #3

Well, Finally – after days of rigorous testing I’m Uploading Build #3 for you downloading pleasure 😉
This brings us closer to Final Version 1.1 which should have most (if not all) of the V1.0 bugs ironed out, as well as a few features added.
This latest Nightly adds VERY BASIC ToolTips. Which means (for those who can’t read subtext) – Don’t Feature Request regarding the ToolTips – they are still in development.

I`m also pretty excited about the rest of the features added and the bugs fixed and Final V1.1 should bring with it even more Usability and Customizability while remaining easy to operate.

Changelog :

  • BugFix, When using “Explore” action (with the Folders Pane) it assumes FindeXer’s width.
  • Bugfix, the font preview in the “Item Appearance” tab of “FindeXer Options” does not show the Item Color selected.
  • BugFix, the Item is not Highlighted when the Right-Click Menu is invoked.
  • BugFix, the Item selected is not re-highlighted after the Menu Selection is done (when not using hot-tracking).
  • BugFix, even though “Item Lock (external)” is enabled, items can still be dropped on the edge of the list (as last item).
  • BugFix, when “Item Lock (external)” is selected, the last item is highlighted whenever the item dragged is outside of FindeXer boundaries.
  • BugFix, FindeXer does not save the Close Button state (Hidden/Shown) when closed and reopened.
  • New Feature : Internal “Locking” – when it is enabled you will not be able to move items around or drag them out (Can be found in the Item Appearance tab of FindeXer Option).
  • New Feature : ToolTips. Very basic implementation for this version, more to follow in next versions. ToolTips will only display when you are in “Show Image” mode (not showing the item text).
  • Improved UI : Item Height now reflects the size of the Icon/Image set and not the Final size of the Item. i.e – an Item Size of 48 will result in an Icon/Image that is 48 pixels in size.
  • Improved UI : Drag Detection is now based on the System Driver Settings.

As you can see a lot of hard work is going into this, so don’t be ashamed to press the Donation button on the side, I am also starting to think of ways to reward my donors.
So go get downloading and enjoy testing out the new features…

This is a development version and as such could contain bugs. Some Features may also be incomplete or not fully implemented – please do not post notifying about them.

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126 Responses to “FindeXer Nightly Development Update #3”

  1. AB888 Says:

    I wait for Update #4 !!!
    Please release!!!

  2. Matt Says:

    Hi, Tom
    I have a problem trying to install FindeXer. After I run register.bat, it registers successfully, I close explorer.exe, start it again, FindeXer doesn’t appear under view>explorer bar. So I restart my computer, same problem. I’ve tried uninstalling and trying the version 1.0.3, 1.0.2 and 1.0 still no luck.

    Any suggestions?


  3. Cam Says:

    ok, got a problem here, I don’t know why but everything works fine until I try and find the bar in view > explorer bar, I know I’m doing everything right, registered (gives me a window saying it was “successful” it etc, but FindeXer doesn’t appear in there… I have restarted explorer (you mean end process and then re-start it right?) and restarted my computer and it still not there… I am running a lot of other programs and stuff that could be interfering though… one is called Lightstep (no reason I can think of that this would stop it, it’s a shellstyle replacement and mostly changes the desktop), and the one that I think might be stopping it is Styler Toolbar. I use Styler to hide the menu bar, cleartype, window shade, and widow snap (I don’t know if that means anything to you) Any help would be beneficial pls…

  4. John Says:

    when will the vista version be released i been patiently waiting for some time now.. =)

  5. shanahben Says:

    i also have a problem of FindeXer showing up in explorer windows of other users in my computer. how can i enable Findexer only for my account? i badly need help. thanks.

  6. heebijeebi Says:

    is there any way to get a german version of it? just looks better when everything has teh same language 😉
    if you post all the dialogues i’ll even translate them for you

  7. CyberKlabauter Says:

    I didn’t read the complete blog. So perhaps I repeat something. For all of you guys, who want to open the explorer with Findexer on double clicking, follow these steps:

    1. Create shortcut-icon from the original Explorer-Icon on your desktop
    2. Hide the original Explorer-Icon on your desktop (for example with the tool “xpKonfig”)
    3. Now you are able to open the explorer with the opened Findexerbar by double clicking the shortcut-icon
    4. If you like you can create a shortcut (key-combination) in addition. Right click on the shortcut-icon, choose option, then tab shortcut and define a key-combination.


    1. I wish me a shortcut (key-combination) to hide and show the Findexerbar

    2. Another really cool feature would be, if we could group the Links. So when I click on a group, the Links from the other groups are getting hided and the links in actually group are getting show

    3. Another little crazy feature request which is not really necessary would be this: I use Findexer with QTtabbar. If I hold “ctrl” during clicking on a Findexer Link it opens in a new explorer window. In combination with QTtabbar, I wish me, that when I hold “shift” during clicking on a Findexer Link, the folder should be open in a new tab (same window).

    That`s it. Great thanks for this wonderful application!

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  11. dewaaz Says:

    Solution to the Winkey + E issue!!!

    on neowin forums:

    thanks to Tom for this great plugin! 😀

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  13. CherryLime Says:

    Looks like author abandoned this great addon 🙁

  14. Hairbawl424 Says:

    You’re nifty little explorer plug-in has become essential for my system! Thank you!

  15. Rufus Says:

    …”Looks like author abandoned this great addon 🙁

    I don’t think he’s abandoned it. He popped up at a closed forum (Hollywood GUI) and announced a new beta for release only to them. That was back in (I think) December ’07. That was the last place anyone has seen an update. Seems he keeps a low profile to the point where it seems he’s abandoned it, only to pop up somewhere else. Ah, the joys (and mysteries) of freeware. 😀

  16. Gonzalo Says:

    Hey Tom,

    First of all, thanks for this Gr8! app.
    Only one question, when you put your #4 or #5 here, because i dont want to register in hollywoodgui

  17. cchere Says:

    hi man,you know how i love findxer is? i have used it for a long time,it’s so good! but i haven’t seen the new version for a long time too!you give it up?

  18. andyqhw Says:


    Would it be possible to have an option for the shellstyle to be on top of the bar for Vista-like themes?

  19. Code2 Says:

    first of all applauds.

    secondly guys i cant fix the same old problem. when i open any new window, there is only a blank bar on the left…no icons, then i have to glo to view and select findeXer and THEN i see the icons….

    whts goin wrong… it worked some days back just fine..i restarted the comp did everything mentioned in the tut..word to word..but still some how nothing seems to help

  20. Code2 Says:

    even if i uninstall i see the grey bar on the right also i am a lil confused with which version to install…the build 2 or 3…..see Tom, it WAS working some days back, but i dont really know wht happened after that……

  21. code2 Says:

    hey tom..i think ure deleting my msgs…its ok…atleast mail me a solution….i cant live with that ugly grey bar for the rest of my life

  22. code2 Says:

    OK tom u are lucky…i dont know what but i think i just solved the problem…..i can see ure baby on my pc N O W…..

    and once again sorry for bothering you….AND KEEP THE GOOD WORK GOING MAN!!!!!

  23. AdunTuridas Says:

    Hey Tom, I emailed you but didn’t include some specifics. I cannot see FindeXer on View > Explorer Bar. I registered, unregistered and re-registered but I still don’t have FindeXer on the list on Explorer Bar. I was able to use this app [] several months ago that’s why I would love to have this back on my PC. I have no idea why it stopped working. When I found out that has been released, I immediately downloaded and unregistered the old .dll. Registered new version and restarted PC to no avail. I still don’t have it on Explorer Bar menu. I am forced to use Finder Bar because I love this type of program which allows you to have folder shortcuts.


    OS: Win XP
    Tweak-programs running:
    Wblinds *
    Styler *
    ObjectDock *
    Iconpackager *
    CursorXP *
    Finder Bar

    I was able to use FindeXer with the programs with * running. I am not sure whether or not Samurize and/or Finder Bar are causing this problem.

    PLease help Tom, or anyone out there who were fortunate enough to solve this issue. *still hopeful*

  24. SurX Says:

    I cant use default findexer as default in Explorer …. Look this picture ,, where is option -.- … Please contact with me …

  25. Escotarot Says:

    Dear administration, I am assured, that I shall express the general opinion of all visitors and consequently on behalf of everything, I speak you the hugest thanks for creation and maintenance of such remarkable project!

    As very much it would be desirable to hear something about plans for development of the project.

    P.S. If our help is necessary – address, we always with pleasure shall help you!

  26. Poma Says:

    Maybe a big bump but I use XP SP3, and Windowblinds, also Styler Toolbar.
    I’ve checked the option “load findexer in every explorer window by default” but it never loads!?
    Whats wrong?

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