#162 Items missing in context menu


A right mouseclick in the file pane opens a context menu. Sometimes this menu contains menu items like 'New file', 'New folder' and so on, sometimes it don't. The reason for this misbehaviour is clear: These items are folder relative and they won't show up, when a mouseclick can be misinterpreted as file relative, i. e. when the rightclick is done on a list element.

There is much space between the fields in a list element. Other file browsers clearly differ, if a mouseclick is done directly on a field object, like name or size of a file (file relative), or if it is done on the free space between this objects (folder relative). This behaviour is intuitive, but it might be hard or impossible to code it using the fox libraries.

But when I rightclick a folder in the folder pane, than this click is obviously folder related. But all folder related menu items mentioned above are missing! This behaviour is clearly unintuitive! Instead, if the folder contains a lot of files, I have to scroll and to scroll and to scroll the file pane up, until, after lots of scrolling, the list element representing the parent folder shows up. Now I can do a rightclick on this element and finally find the menu items so hardly missed before.


  • Roland Baudin

    Roland Baudin - 2012-08-08
    • status: open --> closed-wont-fix
  • Roland Baudin

    Roland Baudin - 2012-08-08

    the "concept" is the following : in a file or directory panel, right click a selected item and you get the file operations you can do on this item. This is the "item menu".

    Right click elsewhere on the panel and you get the operations you can do on the panel itself. This one is called the "panel menu". You can access the panel menu from the item menu using the Panel submenu or by holding the control key while right clicking.

    I know this is not perfect, but it is the result of a long cahotic evolution of Xfe and its ancestor XWinCommander...
    Hope this helps,


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