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Darn file dialog

See that little folder icon with the red dot on it at the top? That's the "Create new folder" button. Why the heck does that thing exist? When was the last time anyone had the need to create a new folder in the process of OPENING a file?

The practical consequences of that button is that scores of folders called "New Folder" are scattered throughtout the directories at work, due to people hitting that button by mistake and not bothering to clean up the crap. Just another one of those little things that pushes me ever closer to the realm of insanity on a daily basis.

March 12, 2006 @ 4:15 AM PST
Cateogory: Rants
Tags: Windows, Rant


Quoth Hussam on March 12, 2006 @ 3:24 PM PST

Please do not diss the little "Create New Folder" icon. I have on many occasions used it. Let me give you a recent example:

I create a 'burn-temp' folder and start creating folders in it and fill them with appropriate files. I take a final look at everything making sure I have got things in the right place. Then I proceed on to Gnomebaker to burn the files. But then I realize I left a couple of excel documents behind and need to create a new folder for them. (This happens as I have the `Select files to be burned' dialog box open.

Now you're telling me you'd prefer to go back to command line/file manager and create a new folder and populate it with the right files and come back to your dialog box and hit refresh (which at least for a GTK2 dialog box does not exist).

Is that what you're telling me, huh? No you're not. Thank you!

Quoth Brian on March 13, 2006 @ 2:18 AM PST

"Do one thing and do it well" is a good philsophy. A standard file open dialog shouldn't try to be a whole file manager, because it's going to suck at it. (Last I saw, Gnome's file open dialog doesn't have a New Folder button at all. I'm not sure which program you're referring to. Maybe it's a non-standard dialog?)

I could see a place to put a New Folder button in a file SAVE dialog, maybe. But never ever a file open dialog. Opening files should be a read-only operation.

Also 50% of my problem is that in Windows the button is tiny and right beside the "Navigate up one level" button (which everyone uses a million times a day). It's way too easy to click the thing by mistake. It even looks almost identical.

Quoth Jamie on March 14, 2006 @ 4:15 AM PST

I stumbled across your website by accident, vaguely via fvwm / ikaro searches. I hope you don't mind me asking, but where did you get that amazing redcap mushroom background featured in your screenshots section? If it isn't your own photography, would you mind providing me a link?


Quoth Brian on March 14, 2006 @ 4:38 AM PST

It's at The second screenshot in my gallery actually has the full URL in it. :)

Quoth Jamie on March 17, 2006 @ 2:43 AM PST

Thanks so much dude! OK, now let's just pretend I didn't overlook the URL being right, slap bang in the middle of the screenshot.

Thanks again,