HP VUE provides the following to help organize and maintain the files and directories you use:
The HP VUE File Manager displays files and directories as icons. Using a mouse, you can manipulate the icons directly by dragging and dropping them into place. For example, to print a file, simply drop it on the printer in the Front Panel.
File Manager associates a meaningful icon with each file and directory based on its filetype. More importantly, actions associated with each filetype define the desired behavior for the file or directory.
For instance, you might have a filetype that identifies document files. The default action-performed by double-clicking the file's icon-would open the file for editing. That is, the action saves you the trouble of remembering and typing the command to start your word processor. The action automatically starts your word processor and loads the file. Additional actions may provide shortcuts to other frequent tasks, such as printing the document.
Any file, directory, or action that you access frequently can be placed directly on the Desktop for quick access. The Desktop occupies the entire backdrop in each workspace.
When you put an object on the Desktop, the original object is not altered. Each Desktop object is really just a reference to the actual object that remains in its original location.
You can leave objects on the Desktop as long as you want. Their locations are remembered when you log out and restored when you log in again.
To display a pop up menu, you point to the object's icon, then press and hold the right mouse button. The popup menu contains a few standard commands for each object, but it also includes all of the available actions for the object.
When you no longer need an object on the Desktop, choose Remove From Desktop from the object's popup menu.
Three groups of user can access files: owner, group, and other. File access is divided into three functions: read permission, write permission, and execute permission.
Who has access?
The three basic classes of users are:
What kind of access?
The access permissions on a file specify how that file can be accessed by the owner, group, and other.
With File Manager, you can view and change the access permissions for any file or directory.
To get started using File Manager, you need to learn a few basic skills:
When you select an object, its name is highlighted. Many commands in File Manager's menus apply to the selected object. In particular, the Actions menu always contains the actions that can be performed on the selected file or directory. If no icons are selected, the entire Actions menu (and some commands in other menus) is inactive.
To select multiple objects, hold down Ctrl while selecting. Or, Drag a box around the objects you want to select.
To deselect an object, select another one or click an empty area within the File Manager window.
Reasons for selecting multiple objects.
Double-clicking an icon executes the objects default action, which is always the first command in the Actions menu. For most data files, the default action opens the file by starting the appropriate application and loading the file.
Directories have actions defined to open them (either in place, using the current File Manager window, or in a new window).
To cancel a drag in progress, press Esc before releasing the mouse button. If more than one icon is selected, you drag the entire group by dragging any of the selected icons.
What dropping a file means
If you attempt to drop the icon in a location that does not support dropped objects, the icon snaps back to its original location in File Manager or on the Desktop.
The major identifying features of a file or directory are:
A dialog box prompts you for the name of the new file or directory.
Other ways to create objects
The object's owner is identified in the Owner Name field. The object's group is identified in the Group Name field.
Read, write, and execute permission is selected in the Permissions box. The permissions selected in the Group row indicates the access privileges for any user belonging to the named group. The permissions selected for the Other row apply to all other users.
File Manager is like a vehicle that you drive to tour the filesystem on your computer and other computers on the network. Each File Manager window-also called a "view"-shows the contents of a single directory.
/users/aaron/.vue/typesyou can change to the
/users/aaron/directory by double-clicking the word
This opens a Terminal Emulator window with the same current working directory as the File Manager window.
To close a Terminal window, choose Close from the window menu, or execute the exit command.
The Trash Can collects all of the files and directories that you delete. They are not actually removed from the file system until the trash is "emptied." You can empty the trash manually, or it is emptied automatically when you log out of HP VUE.
If you change your mind, and want to restore a file you've put in the trash, you can restore it if the Trash hasn't been emptied.
The trash control in the Front Panel lets you drop objects to delete them. Choosing the trash control displays the Trash Can window, which lists the files and directories currently in the trash.
There is only one Trash Can window, shared by all File Manager windows.
Restoring an object from the trash returns it to its original location an removes it from the Trash Can list.
If there are no objects in the trash, some menu commands are inactive.
When you remove a file from the trash, it cannot be recovered.
Keeping track of many files can quickly become too much to remember. File manager helps by providing the ability to search for a file or directory by name. You can also search for files based on the contents of the file.
File Manager begins searching the Search Directory and its subdirectories for files that match the name you've given. As matches are found, they are listed in the Files Found list. You may stop the search at any time by choosing Stop.
When you specify a file or directory name, you can include wildcard characters, such as asterisk (*) and question mark (?). The * matches any string of characters (including no characters), and ? matches any single character.
vue* Matches all names that begin with the string vue. *.vf matches all names that end with the .vf extension. *.??? matches all names that have a three-character dot extension.
Tips for advanced users
The file name and contents can be specified using the same regular expression syntax allowed by the find command. (refer to the find man page for more information.)
File Manager begins searching the Search Directory and its subdirectories for files that contain the File Contents string. As matches are found, they are listed in the Files Found list. You may stop the search at any time by choosing Stop.
If you leave the File or Directory Name field empty, File Manager searches every file within the Search Directory. If you know the name (or a partial name) of the files that contain the search string, you may be able to speed up the search by also providing a file name (or pattern) in the File or Directory Name field. File Manager examines only the files that match the File or Directory Name field.
Tips for advanced users
The file name and contents can be specified using the same regular expression syntax allowed by the find command. (Refer to the find man page for more information.)
As you become more familiar with File Manager, you may want to change some settings to better suit your needs or personal preferences. The Preferences dialog lets you make these changes.
You may also want to alter your File Manager views by specifying which filetypes you are not interested in seeing. You can hide certain files and directories using the Filter List.
If you have Placement set to As Placed, icons are sorted only when you choose Clean Up from the View menu or when you choose Apply in the Preferences dialog. If Placement is set to Sorted Grid, the icons are sorted each time there's a change to the directory's contents or when you choose Reread from the Directory menu.
The Clean Up Command sorts the objects in the current view (according to the settings in the Set Preferences dialog) and lines them up in a grid pattern. The settings in other File Manager windows are not affected.
The Clean Up command is inactive if you have the Placement preference set to Sorted Grid.
If you want to view the results before closing the Set Preferences dialog, choose Apply.
After saving the current preferences, all new File Manager views you open uses the new preferences and filter list.
The Show Hidden Files command is a toggle, so to hide the files, choose Show Hidden Files again.
Hidden files and directories are those whose filetypes are selected in the filter list. By default, the hidden filetypes are DOT_FILE, DOT_DIR, and CURRENT_DIRECTORY.
If you want to view the results before closing the dialog, choose Apply.
To reset to the default filter list, choose Reset. This resets the default values but does not apply them until you choose Apply or OK.
The filter list specifies which files are not to be displayed. If you select all filetypes or enter * into the Filter String field, no files are displayed.