The main window can be divided into 4 area's (panes):
Top Menu's, Buttons and Address;
Left Drive and Directory selection;
Right Search argument and Output window;
Bottom Status Bar.

By dragging the splitter-bar to the left or to the right, the left and right panes can be re-sized. The left pane contains the Directory Tree. The top of the right pane is used to specify the scan search arguments. Below is a display output area with 2 tabs: click a tab to switch between Items, Files or Log.

Top pane


The main menu has several drop-down menus:
File - Scan, Save, Exit;
Edit - Cut, Copy, Paste;
View - see: - View menu
Bookmarks - see: - Bookmarks menu
Options - see: - Options menu
Help - Online Help, Information, About;


The buttons provide a shortcut for the menu options. Hit Alt+Ctrl+H to toggle display of Hints for every button. The leftmost 5 buttons are used to navigate through directories: [Previous], [Next], [Up], [Root] and [Browse] respectively. The 5 buttons on the right are: [Save], [Configutration], [Info], [Help] and [Exit].

Address bar

The Address bar displays the current directory. It can be used to copy/paste a (new) directory, which then becomes the current directory. The drop-down list of the last directories can also be used to select a new directory.

Left pane


Tree displays the directory Tree with the available drives under "This PC". Single-click a drive or directory to select it (and make it current). Right-click to display popup menu . Double-click a drive or directory entry to expand / collapse it.
[-] Check to include System folders in the directory Tree. Most system folders are hidden, so also check [-] Hidden to display all system folders. *Warning* You should not modify the content of System and/or Hidden files, this can damage the Windows operating system!
[-] Check to include Hidden folders in the directory Tree. *Warning* You should not modify the content of System and/or Hidden files, this can damage the Windows operating system!


If the Preview pane is visible, ScanTFS will try to play or display the contents of a file as soon as you single-click its name in the item list. Currently ScanTFS supports text files, a limited number of image files (*.bmp, *.jpg, *.png, *.gif and *.tiff) and some audio and video file formats (the formats supported by the default media player). The file format is recognized by the file extension. If ScanTFS does not recognize an extension, you can force ScanTFS to display its contents as text by selecting "Preview as text" from the Item list PopUp menu. When the Preview pane is un-docked by pressing the [Float] button, it becomes a separate floating window which can be re-sized independently of the main window. Use [Dock] to restore the Preview pane.

On top of the Preview pane are the following buttons:
[Float] Create a separate window for the Preview.
[Dock] Restore the Preview pane.

Right pane

Search argument

Refer to Selection for an explanation of the use search arguments.


The four buttons below the Selection criteria have the following function (left to right):

Click this button to start searching for filenames that match the search argument;
Right-click the [Scan] button to display a PopUp menu with pre-defined scan strings;

[Dir *.*]
This button does a scan of the current directory only (no sub-directories are scanned). It acts as a shortcut for entering *.* as the selection mask, uncheck [-] scan sub-directories and pressing the [Scan] button. The setting of [-] Reset scan string with Dir *.* option (see: Configuration) determines if the original scan-string is restored or if *.* replaces the scan-string when the [Dir *.*] operation completes.

Sometimes a scan operation may take a (very) long time. Hit the [Stop] button to interrupt a scan that is in progress. The running scan stops and an (incomplete) item list is displayed.

The Delete button (garbage can) on the right can be used to Delete selected items in the Item list (see: below);

Output window

The Items window displays the Item list. The Item list contains all filenames that match the Selection criteria. Files in the Item list can be Renamed, Copied, Moved, Deleted and more. Click one of the Column titles (Path, File, Size, Modified or Created) to sort the items in the Item list. Right-click one or more items to display the popup menu options.
The Log window lists the messages that were logged since ScanTFS was started. To control which messages are logged, click the Options drop-down menu. Use the command line switch -L to start ScanTFS with Log= All.. Right-click in the log window for the PopUp menu options.

Bottom pane

Rename pane The Rename pane (use Ctrl+Alt+R to show / hide the Rename pane) allows a quick rename of one or more selected items. In most cases, Template is used for the Rename function. If the Template contains one ore more '#' characters (indicating auto-number) the starting number and increment can be set using the number fields after the text input. See: Rename Dialog for more Template directives. If only a single item is selected, Rename can be used to specify a new filename, including a (new) extension! An error message is displayed when trying to Rename multiple selected items. With Rename, single items can be renamed one-by-one. After Renaming one item, ScanTFS will automatically select the next item in the item list.
Status Bar The status bar is used to display informational and/or error messages.
By default, the name of the current directory is shown.

After every Save, Copy, Move, Purge, Delete, Rename, Attrib and Empty command the number of files processed is displayed:
=> m out of n items copied.

After a scan the number of items found and the elapsed time is shown:
=> mm (out of nn) items selected in x directories (y entries processed in hh:hh:ss:ttt sec)

After a bookmark operation a message shows if the directory was added to the bookmark list (if the directory was already in the bookmark list it will NOT be added again).
To display information about a specific file, single click one item in the item list. The following information is displayed:
=> drive:\pathname\filename.ext [attributes]

The attributes are abbreviated as follows:
R Read-only
H Hidden
S System
A Archive
N Normal
T Temporary
C Compressed
O Offline

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