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When defining a working directory in Creo, it would be useful to simply go to the folder above by clicking on this icon.
Just click here, it does the same thing:
@TomU , could you explain why is there the "dot folder" in the list? I can not see any reason to be there...
The icon with two dots at the top of the list brings you one folder above in all file managers i know (except windows explorer 🙂 ).
You can navigate this directory using the arrow keys ✔️You can press Enter to access the selected directory ✔️Why it doesn't work with Dot Folder ❓
@olivierlp Could you check this?
Are you saying you actually see Creo display this folder with just a dot? I figured this was just something you mocked up for illustration purposes.
Creo is attempting to be Windows compliant and Windows does not show folders with single or double dots. Windows does support this syntax from the command line, but never from Windows Explorer itself. (See https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/how-can-i-make-and-directories-visible-in-explorer/5fe471e5-c133-45ef-b1d0-1a4688ef552e)
As far as keyboard navigation, you can always go up one level by simply pressing 'Alt + Up Arrow'.
I'm using Creo 4 and what I'm provided is just a single "dot" directory, which is pretty useless as far as navigation goes - it just keeps the working directory where it currently is.
I don't see a "double-dot" directory which is conventionally the next directory up in the structure. That would be useful, I suppose.
I'm very confused. I just checked Wildfire 5.0, Creo Parametric 3.0, 4.0, 7.0, and 8.0, and none of them are showing a folder with a single dot. Is there possibly a config option that is making this appear??? I'm running Windows 10.
@TomUa single-dot folder is only visible when setting up a working directory (Select Working Directory icon)
Yep, I see it now. Odd. What's the point???
I guess if I were bored I could just keep hitting the dot over and over? I don't know. It's a weird convention that is also seen on Unix based systems, where instead of typing 'program_name" you type "./program_name" to run something. Probably something from the annals of past computing, where it was illegal to have nothing specified for a directory?
I just opened a case to ask. I'm guessing it's leftover from a long time ago too. We'll see what tech support has to say.
Looks like it is just a convenient way to select the directory currently displayed if you had clicked on a subdirectory but want to use the current directory. Otherwise you would have to go up one and select it from there.
My guess is Tech Support will say: "Working per specifications".
I wanted to say no more than this:
the "dot folder" has no obvious function. It confuses the users of Norton commander, Total commander, Free Commander and many more file managers, where they use it to skip one level above.
IMHO it would make sense either to get rid of it, or to give it the same function.
BTW, the "no-function dot folder" appears not only while selecting the working directory, but also during backup.
In fact, in all cases when the user is requested to choose a directory.
The function in both cases is to select the current directory if you have selected one of the other subdirectories. Not a big time saver, but eliminates the need to go up one level to select the directory.
@kdirth, thank you. I finally got it. The idea behind this wired folder was not clear.
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