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By Qwopjoans
Complete file browser using Rainmeter's FileView and HotKey plugins.

Button to go up a level
Ability to enter path directly into the directory bar.
Ability to search subdirectories.
Minimization ability
Scrollable drives list
Favorite locations listing that's editable through the options skin
Toggle hidden and system folders to show
Taskbar menu that can open the startmenu, show all open windows, and open the tray at the mouse location
Power menu that includes shutdown, restart, sleep, lock, and log off
Special folders menu, that allows access to folders not reachable through my browser, right click on the recycle bin to empty it
Scrollable launch menu, right click to open the launch directory and add shortcuts to the applications or folders you'd like to open
The ability to sort by name, size, date modified, date accessed, or date created
Double click on type currently being sorted by to invert the sort order
Right click the date type to change it
Scrollable file listing with dynamic scrollbar
Left click on file/folder to open/follow the path respectively
Right clicking on file/folder opens the context menu
Right clicking on file/folder name allows you to rename the file/folder
Hit the delete key over a file/folder to show the delete dialog
Options menu that allows you to change all the colors, transparency, font size, font face, launch directory, launcher size, launcher count, and favorite locations and names

Update 1/29/16 Version 3.1
    Added a favorites menu and removed the scroll buttons as you can scroll with the mouse wheel. Favorites menu can be customized with the options skin.

Update 1/30/16 Version 3.1.1
    Re-added scroll buttons.

Update 1/30/16 Version 4.0
    Moved all meters to

Update 1/30/16 Version 4.1
    Increased Favorites to 8. Can adjust width with Multiplier variable.

Update 1/31/16 Version 5.0
    Complete rewrite from the ground up. Adds a minimize ability and a cleaner look.

Update 1/31/16 Version 5.1.5
    I should probably document all the features this now has. You can scroll the Drives list and right clicking the Recycle Bin empties it.

Update 2/1/16 Version 6.0
    Adds a new list type variant, for a more compact view.

Update 2/4/16 Version 6.1
    Added a launch menu, use right click to open the launch folder and place shortcuts to applications within. The launch menu is scrollable.

Update 2/4/16 Version 6.1.1

Update 2/7/16 Version 6.1.3
    Added a button to open the options menu in the top right and made it so you can change the font outline color through the options menu.

Update 2/7/16 Version 6.1.4
    Changed s'more of the color settings. Highlight color now controls the path and search backgrounds as well as the hover effect color, while the path and search now use the regular font color. The options menu now uses the same color scheme as the explorer, without the transparency effects. Wish I could add rounded corners to pretty things up a little.

Update 2/8/16 Version 6.1.5
    Bugfixes and optimizations.

Update 2/8/16 Version 6.1.6
    Menu Color can now be changed independent of background color.

Update 2/8/16 Version 6.2
    Added forward and back controls for users with extra mouse buttons. Like in your web browser. Does that make sense?

Update 2/9/16 Version 6.2.2
    Added forward and back buttons. Drives menu now displays drive's free space.

Update 3/4/16 Version 1.0
    Another rewrite and added the ability to rename. Changed name to RainExplorer.

Update 3/4/16 Version 1.1
    Made it prettier.

Update 3/6/16 Version 1.3
    Made it unprettier, yet more functional. Or actually functional.

Update 3/7/16 Version 1.5
    ADDED A SCROLLBAR, so proud of that.

Update 3/16/16 Version 1.5.3
    Scrollbar is now clickable. Other small bugfixes and changes.

Update 3/19/16 Version 1.6.1
    New folder and text document creation added. Minimization state now cleaner looking.

Update 3/19/16 Version 1.6.2
    Bug fixes and scrollbutton dynamically changes size.

Update 3/19/16 Version
    Bug fixes.

Update 3/20/16 Version 1.7
    Added an info pane to the bottom!

Update 3/22/16 Version 1.7.2
    Bug fixes. Thanks for letting me know Exper1mental!

Update 3/22/16 Version 1.8
    Added a launcher that's connected to the launch folder you've selected! You can change the number of icons 1-5 and the scroll bar will appear if there's more than that.

Update 3/25/16 Version 1.8.1
    Bugfix, thanks to JSMorley for the help with the RegExp substitution.

Update 3/26/16 Version 2.1
    Removed almost all [!Refresh]s in the skin.

Update 3/26/16 Version 2.3
    Explorer is now super duper fast yet still not cpu intensive.

Update 3/30/16 Version 3.0
    Set DefaultUpdateDivider=-1 and then rewrote the skin so it never updates on updates.

Update 4/6/16 Version 3.2
    God do I love NirCmd. Code optimization again. Also if you hit the delete key while hovering over a file or folder, it will prompt you if you're like to delete it and if you say yes it'll delete it and send it to the recyclebin, which sounds silly when you say it like that, because duh, but let me tell you it was not easy to accomplish so elegantly. Seriously, NirCmd is the best.

Update 4/6/16 Version 3.2.1
    Bugfixes and Optimizations
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Is there any way to resize the explorer?

AceVentura2's avatar

superb, excellent Fantastic, just what I was looking for. Thanks a million!!

really really amazing
Exper1mental's avatar
Very nice job integrating more and more features. :D

One tiny little issue I noticed with the scroll bar (with is awesome btw) is that if I go from a folder with more than 18 entries to a folder with exactly 18 entries, the scroll bar doesn't hide itself. However, if the previous folder contained less than 18 entries the scroll bar stays hidden (as it should).

Keep up the great work! :)
Qwopjoans's avatar
All fixed in the newest update I believe but let me know if there's any trouble. Thanks!
Asagrim's avatar
The feature to rename files could be easily implemented by adding an additional InputText measure to the index name meters, and a command something in the range of:

cmd.exe /c ren "[mpath][mIndex1Name]" "$UserInput$"

... this would increase the utility of any rainmeter file browser by a great deal.

I'm just saying because I see great potential in your skin. Awesome work, keep it going!
Qwopjoans's avatar
I've added the functionality to rename, now I just need to find a way to make it look nicer. As I have it right now, if you right click on the file name, you can rename the file. I'm trying to make a custom skin menu to allow the option, but it isn't going well.
Asagrim's avatar
For me the Rename button only decreases font size in your most recent upload.

The way I did it is I used LeftMouseDoubleClickAction and dropped an InputText measure after every indexinfo meter. It's simple, it works, and it's visually the same as in Windows. I don't see how trying to make a single InputText measure do all of it would do anything except make your work harder, which is what you want to do as far as I've noticed.
Qwopjoans's avatar
I've updated it so RightMouseUpAction on on the file name allows you to rename. I don't like using LeftMouseDoubleClickAction because it can just take you down two levels instead.
Afnda's avatar
This is awesome! Keep it going/updated! :D
Qwopjoans's avatar
Any features you'd like added? I'd love to keep working on this, but I'm not sure what to add.
Afnda's avatar
If it would be possible/easier to edit the color of the outline on the text, that would be a good improvement. Other than that, I got nothin'.
Qwopjoans's avatar
Done and done, if you think of anything else just let me know, I'm always looking to improve my work.
Afnda's avatar
Wow, thanks! Will do :D
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