Changing the File Mask

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CHANGING THE FILE MASK [F6]

Perhaps you have a big directory and don't want DM to show every file. You may display a partial directory by "changing the mask." The term "mask" is used to refer to a filename with appropriately embedded wildcards. The "mask" or filename determines which files in a given directory will appear in the File Window.

Normally, all files are shown, so the default mask is "*.*" (meaning "every filename, and every extension"). Using a mask such as "*.doc" would return all document files with a .doc extension regardless of the filename. The mask currently in use is shown in the Status Window.

If you want to change the mask so that only certain filenames or extensions are displayed, press the [F6] (Change Path) key. This message will appear: Change drive, path, or mask. Usage: Drive:\Path\Mask

Follow the usage example when typing in the drive, path, and the desired "mask". The mask should be a filename with appropriately embedded wildcards. (See "Wildcards").

Example: if you only want to display files with the COM extension, then press F6, type in *.COM as the mask and press ENTER.

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