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  • How about implementing the normal Windows selection behavior (Shift-click and CTRL-click) in the SyncToy Preview window? For example, when SyncToy Preview shows me 100 files that allegedly need to be overwritten because the file time is slightly off, I'd like to be able to click on the first one, hold down the Shift key, and then click on the last one to uncheck them all -- instead of having to click on each individual file to prevent SyncToy from doing the unnecessary action.

    A related request would be for SyncToy to remember the checked/unchecked status of a file shown in Preview.  I admit that this might not be such a great idea, because it's possible that the file might really have changed since the last time SyncToy ran and the user unchecked it to prevent action.

    Saturday, April 17, 2010 9:34 PM

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  • Thanks for this good suggetion! We will consider add support for better manipulate files selecting on preview page.

    But for your second suggestions, if you do not want to sync files in one folder, you can exclude the folder by uncheck the subfolder. If you do not want to sync what details files, you can set exclude files.

    Details please see Folder Pairs Options in SyncToy 2.1 help file.

    Thanks,

    Ping

    Folder Pair Options

    Several options are available to help customize the SyncToy action for a folder pair.

     

     Available options include:

    • Files to include: Specify what files to include in the SyncToy run. The default is * or all files. You can customize SyncToy to include only certain files, such as *.jpg to include only .jpg files, or *.jpg;*.bmp (separated by a semicolon) to include only files with those two extensions. In this version of SyncToy, if you search for a text string composed of three or four letters, SyncToy will assume you are searching for a file extension and it will add a wildcard (*) and a period to the start of the string. It is best to be as specific as possible when designating files to include, as in the examples here: (*.jpg;*.bmp;*05.doc).
    • Files to exclude: Specify what files to exclude in the SyncToy run. By default, nothing will be excluded and this text box will be blank. The exclusion text box provides the ability to leverage a wild card character similar to the inclusion text box. In addition, multiple values can be specified using a semi-colon between each as described above for the inclusion text box. In this version of SyncToy, if you search for a text string composed of three or four letters, SyncToy will assume you are searching for a file extension and it will add a wildcard (*) and a period to the start of the string. It is best to be as specific as possible when designating files to exclude, as in the examples here: (*.jpg;*.bmp;*05.doc).
    • Exclude read-only files By selecting this option, all read-only files will be excluded during sync operations.
    • Exclude hidden files By selecting this option, all hidden files will be excluded during sync operations.
    • Exclude system files By selecting this option, all system files will be excluded during sync operations.
    • Check file contents: This option is off by default. When running with “check file contents” selected, SyncToy will perform a SHA1 hash against all files. This hash, which is mathematically guaranteed to produce a different value every time the file's content changes, is used to compare files when determining whether files on both sides of the folder pair are already in sync. Selecting this option will make a SyncToy preview or run take longer, but provides a guarantee that SyncToy will never conclude that two files with the same name, size and date are identical when in fact their contents are different. <label id="note">Note: </label>If files might have the same timestamps and equal sizes, we recommend that the Check File Contents option is selected before running the folder pair action.
    • Select subfolders: Specify which subfolders to include. The default is to include all subfolders, but you can use this option to unselect folders that you do not want to include in the SyncToy run. Note that excluding a sub-folder will subsequently exclude any new children automatically.
    • Active for run all: This option is on by default. This folder pair will be selected by default when you view multiple folder pairs prior to running all folder pairs. You can always unselect a pair from the multiple folder pair screen before running. If this folder pair could be part of a frequent SyncToy set of actions, such as nightly backups, select this option.
    • Save overwritten files in the Recycle Bin: This option is on by default. Before overwriting an older file with a newer file or deleting a file, by default SyncToy will move the older file to the Recycle Bin. If this option is unchecked, the older file is overwritten with the newer file or, if it's being deleted, it is deleted permanently. The older file can not be recovered in that case, but less disk space is used. In Vista, you can use the Previous Versions feature on a file to recover older versions of the file.

     


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    Monday, April 19, 2010 6:25 AM
  • When SyncToy presents a preview of what it will do during the synchronization  a LARGE amount of files may be listed. In some cases the user may not want to include many of them, for example those in an image or page cache.

    The problem is that the preview shows checkboxes but the user can only (de)select them one at a time. It is not possible to select a whole bunch of them and then "Exclude" from synchronization.


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    Tuesday, June 5, 2012 9:19 PM