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FileTosser™ 1.0 Help

File Tosser was recently submitted to the Mac App Store and pending approval will soon be available there.


FileTosser™ is a handy utility that provides the fastest way to move or copy files or open folders on your Mac. It saves you from the aggravation of having to open Finder windows and navigate folder hierarchies every time you want to file something. You simply press a hot key combination and  type the first few letters of the target folder name. When you see the folder you want in the search list, select it and press Return to “toss” the file to that folder.

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Launching FileTosser

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You launch FileTosser by running the FileTosser application, normally found in your Applications folder. Its icon is shown to the left.

If you want FileTosser to launch every time you login on your computer, you can add it to your login items. To do this, go to System Preferences and click the Users & Groups icon in the System Section. Select your user account in the list to the left, then click the Login Items tab in the area to the right. You can add FileTosser to the list of startup items using the + button at the bottom of the list.

Whenever FileTosser launches it will build an index of folders and subfolders you have selected as tossing destinations. The first time you launch FileTosser this won’t happen because you haven’t selected any folders yet.

The FileTosser Icon and Menu

FileTosser doesn’t appear on the dock or open any windows when you launch it. It only appears as an icon on the menu bar. The menu bar icon looks like this:
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To view FileTosser’s main menu, click the icon. The main menu looks like this:

FileTosser Menu

Whenever FileTosser is rebuilding its index, the menu bar icon will be animated using one of two animations which you can select.

Configuring Destination Folders

FileTosser won’t be fully functional until you configure one or more destination folders for FileTosser to use. When you configure a destination folder, FileTosser indexes the folder as well as all of its subfolders. So to index your Documents folder and all of its subfolders, simply add your Documents folder to the list of destination folders. You don’t need to add any of the destination folder’s subfolders to the list because FileTosser will automatically add them all to the index and make them available as destination folders. FileTosser will also keep an eye on all of the subfolders under the destination folder and automatically rebuild its index if you change any of them.

To select destination folders, select Preferences… from the FileTosser menu. You will see a Preferences window that looks like this:

Destination Folders

The red box is for documentation purposes only; it doesn’t actually appear on the window.

Your configured destination folders will appear in the list under the heading “Places where files can be tossed:”. To add a folder to the list, click the + (plus) button at the bottom of the list. To remove a folder from the list, click the − (minus) button. If you want to add your Trash folder to the list, click the Add Trash Folder button at the bottom of the list.

After you have selected your desired destination folders, click the Close button at the bottom of the Preferences window. FileTosser will index your destination folders. As soon as indexing is finished, FileTosser will be ready to use.

Moving Files or Folders

Moving files or folders involves four easy steps:

  1. Select the files and/or folders you want to move in any Finder window or on your Desktop. When items are selected in a Finder Window, they look like this:
    Screen Shot 2013-01-21 at 4.54.15 PMNote: FileTosser can move a single file or folder or multiple files and/or folders in a single action. If you want to move multiple items, select all of them in the Finder before pressing FileTosser’s shortcut key.

  2. Invoke FileTosser by pressing the shortcut key combination used to move files. The default shortcut key combination is ^⌘M (control-command-M). (See below for instructions on how to change this key combination.) You’ll see a popup window that initially looks like this:
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  3. Begin typing the first few letters of the name of the folder to which you want the items moved. As you type, matching folder names will show up in the search list, like this:
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  4. When you see the desired destination folder in the list, you can either double-click on it with the mouse or use the up and down arrow keys to selected and press the Return key. Either action will instantly move the file.

When FileTosser moves an item it will make a swooshing sound to let you know something is happening. (Instructions for turning this off are below.) When the file has finished moving, you’ll see a user notification in the upper right corner of your screen. (User notifications appear only if you are running the 10.8 Mountain Lion or later version of OS X.)

Copying Files or Folders

Copying files or folders works just like moving, except you use a different shortcut key combination. The default shortcut key combination for copying is ^⌘P (control-command-P).  (Sorry, ^⌘C was already taken!)  The Copy window is very similar to the Move window, and the steps to use it are all the same.

Opening a Folder

How many times have you known the name (or part of the name) of a folder but not known where it was located? FileTosser makes it a snap to locate the folder in your collection of indexed destination folders. To open a folder, press the Open Folder shortcut key combination, which by default is ^⌘O. You will see a window that looks like this:
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Type the first few letters of the folder name (or whatever part of it you can remember). As you type, you’ll see a list of search results in the list below. When you see the folder you’re looking for, open it by double-clicking it. You can also arrow down to the folder using the keyboard and press Return to open the folder.

Configuring Shortcut Keys

If you don’t like FileTosser’s default shortcut keys you can change them. Select Preferences… from the FileTosser menu. On the General tab, in the upper half of the window, you will see fields where you can change each of the three shortcut key combinations FileTosser uses. Select the shortcut key you want to change by clicking on it or tabbing to it using the keyboard’s Tab key, then press the key combination you want to use. Your shortcut key must have at least one modifier key (⇧ Shift, Control, ⌥ Option, or ⌘ Command). Not all key combinations will work because some are reserved for use by the operating system or other applications. If the key combination you enter isn’t allowed you will see an appropriate warning message.
Shortcut Keys

Configuring Notifications

You might not want to hear sounds or see notifications as often as FileTosser’s default settings provide them. To change your notification preferences, select the Notifications tab at the top of the Preferences window. You’ll see a matrix with some check boxes in it.

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Across the top are the types of notifications FileTosser can send. Down the side are the various events which can cause notifications. Check the notifications you wish to receive.

You can also select the type of menu bar animation you want FileTosser to use by clicking on either the Pulse or Rotate choice next to “Menu bar icon animation style:”.

Reviewing What You’ve Done

If you want to see a list of all of the move and copy actions FileTosser has performed, view your computer’s User Notification area by clicking on the User Notifications icon on the menu bar. Since many different applications post notifications here, you might need to scroll down to see FileTosser’s notifications. The FileTosser notifications will provide you with the full source and target paths of the moved or copied items. (The User Notifications feature is only available in the 10.8 Mountain Lion and later versions of OS X.)

Notification Area

Undoing and Redoing Actions

Undo Redo
If you feel you’ve moved or copied a file in error, select Undo from the FileTosser menu to undo the action. If you want to repeat and action after undoing it, select Redo from the FileTosser menu. When you undo a move action, FileTosser will move the previously moved file or folder back to its original location. When you undo a copy action, FileTosser will move the new copy to your Trash folder.

Note: You don’t need to select files in Finder in order for the Undo and Redo commands to work. FileTosser remembers which files were selected.