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File Open Dialog

The following options allow you to specify which file to open:

Look In

Specifies the location where you want to locate a file or folder. Click the arrow to select another location, or click on the toolbar to move up levels. 


The box below lists the items in the selected location. To open a file, in the Open dialog box, double-click the name of the file you want to open. 

File name

Provides a space for you to type the name of the file you want to open. To quickly find a file you've previously opened, click the file name in the drop-down list, if available.


If you are searching for a file, you can use asterisks (*) as wildcards. For example, you can type *.* to see a list of all files. You can also type the full path of a file, for example, C: MydocsLetter.doc.

Files of type

Lists the types of file to display


Specifies format for file to be opened in.  User may select code page to be used to display file.

Open as read-only

Specifies that you can read the file but cannot make changes to it.

ADS Stream

Alternate data streams allow files to be associated with more than one data stream.  For example, a file such as text.txt can have a ADS with the name of text.txt:secret.txt (of form filename:ads) that can only be accessed by knowing the ADS name or by specialized directory browsing programs.


Alternate streams are not detectable in the original file's size but are lost when the original file (i.e. text.txt) is deleted, or when the file is copied or moved to a partition that doesn't support ADS (e.g. a FAT partition, a floppy disk, or a network share). While ADS is a useful feature, it can also easily eat up hard disk space if unknown either through being forgotten or not being detected.


This feature is only supported if files are on an NTFS drive.

Open As

Specifies what format the file should be opened with.  Users may select from the following options:


Auto Detect ASCII/Unicode




ASCII Escaped Unicode

Open as binary

Forces file to be opened in binary format (HEX mode)

My Recent Documents

Shows recently opened files and folders


Shows the files, folders, program shortcuts, and other items on the desktop

My Computer

Shows the disk drives and hardware connected to this computer

My Network Places

Shows shortcuts to web sites, network computers, and ftp sites


UltraEdit allows multiple files to be selected from the file list and opened at one time (Except UltraEdit on Windows NT*See below). To select multiple files, select the first file from the list, then with the CTRL key pressed, select other files in the list. When all files are selected, select OK and the selected files will be opened.

Files may also be opened by dragging them from the File Manager into UltraEdit's window and dropping them. (Releasing the mouse button).

*The normal operation of Windows NT (prior to version 4.0) does not permit the selection of long filenames, and multiple selection from the open dialog. To facilitate both operations, the open dialog box normally allows single selection with long filenames. If however the SHIFT key is pressed while the file open dialog is invoked multiple selections are permitted with short filenames.   

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