FTP Explorer FAQ
- How can I troubleshoot connection problems?
- I just moved to a new computer. How can I copy my current site
list and program settings to my new computer?
- Why does FTP Explorer create a folder named ftpxdrop on my
- How can I get Internet Explorer or Netscape to use FTP Explorer
instead of it's own internal ftp client?
- Is there a way to create a Connect Dialog with a Windows
- I distribute a "Shareware Collection" on CD-ROM.
Can I distribute FTP Explorer on it?
- Is it possible to disable the User Name and Password fields
in the Connect Dialog? I don't want any names or passwords saved to the system registry.
- Why are the "User ID" and "Password"
fields on the "Firewall" options page disabled?
- Does the program support SOCKS firewalls?
- In the help guide it says to go to the FTP Explorer Website for
a list of commands supported by the quote feature.
Q. How can I troubleshoot connection problems?
A. See this page for connection troubleshooting
Q. I just moved to a new computer. How can I copy my current
site list and program settings to my new computer?
A. Just need to do a little Registry exporting.
- Open REGEDIT.EXE from the Start - Run command.
- Expand the HKEY_CURRENT_USER key.
- Expand the Software key.
- Select the FTP Explorer registry key.
- Choose Export Registry File from the Registry menu.
- Save the file to whatever filename you want and copy it to the new computer.
- Open REGEDIT.EXE on the new computer.
- Expand the HKEY_CURRENT_USER key again and then the Software key.
- Make sure Software is selected and then choose Import Registry File
from the Registry menu.
- Select the file you copied to import.
Now your copy of FTP Explorer should open with the new settings and site list.
Q. Why does FTP Explorer create a folder named
"ftpxdrop" on my desktop?
A. You didn't reboot your computer after you installed
FTP Explorer, so the shell extension didn't get installed yet. If you try
to drag a file from FTP Explorer somewhere, it creates the "ftpxdrop"
folder in the folder that you dropped the file onto.
You can safely delete the "ftpxdrop" folder. Reboot your system
to enable the drag and drop shell extension.
Q. How can I get Internet Explorer and Netscape to use FTP
Explorer instead of it's own internal ftp client?
A. Simply change the program that is associated with the FTP protocol.
- Open My Computer
- Go to View - Options and select the File Types tab.
- Scroll down the list of registered file types until you find the file type "URL:File
Transfer Protocol" and select it.
- Click the Edit button.
- Select the open line under Actions and click the Edit button.
- Uncheck the DDE check box.
- Type in the program path (i.e. "C:\Program Files\FTP Explorer\Ftpx.exe"),
or browse for the correct filename.
- Click the Ok button, the Close button and then Close again.
To use FTP Explorer from Internet Explorer or Netscape you will need to drag the
internet link to the desktop to create a shortcut and then double click the shortcut
to run FTP Explorer. Not an elegant solution, but it still beats the turtle-like
speed of a web browser's ftp client.
You can also start FTP Explorer from the command line... Instead of dragging the
shortcut to the desktop you can just copy it to the Start - Run dialog, click OK
and away you go.
Q. Is there a way to create a Connect Dialog with a
Windows Explorer interface?
A. FTP Explorer doesn't support this type of connection dialog at this time,
but here is a great work around.
- Create a new folder on your hard drive (or desktop) and name it whatever you like
(i.e. FTPx Shortcuts).
- Start FTP Explorer.
- Open the Connect Dialog
- Go through your connection list and create shortcuts for your sites using the
Shortcut button. These shortcuts will appear on your desktop.
- If you wish to organize your sites into sub-categories, just open the new folder
that you created, and make a directory for each category.
- Drag each of the shortcuts from the desktop into which ever folder they belong
- On your desktop (or Start Menu) create a new shortcut and on the command line
put: "C:\WINDOWS\EXPLORER.EXE /e,/root, C:\FTPx Shortcuts". The
text in bold can be substituted for your correct path. Please note that if
the folder is on the desktop, the path is "C:\WINDOWS\DESKTOP\".
Now, if you click on the new shortcut you will get an Explorer window that starts
at the FTPx Shortcut directory with the categories in a tree below. Just double-click
on the FTP site you want to go to and FTP Explorer will startup and logon.
A variation of the above was also suggested. Create a folder in your Start Menu
with category folders underneath. Drag your shortcuts to the correct folder and
you have instant access to FTP sites through your Start Menu. You could even store
all of your other "Internet" shortcuts in this directory for instant access.
Q. I distribute a "Shareware Collection"
on CD-ROM. Can I distribute FTP Explorer on it?
A. Yes, as long as you provide the original ZIP distribution file and include
a reference and an Internet URL to the FTP Explorer home page so that everyone knows
where to get updates, etc.
Q. Is it possible to disable the User Name and Password
fields in the Connect Dialog? I don't want any names or passwords saved to the system
A. Take a look at the Login Security
Q. Why are the "User ID" and "Password"
fields on the "Firewall" options page disabled?
A. Support for firewalls that require a username or password is not implemented.
Q. Does the program support SOCKS firewalls?
Q. In the help guide it says to go to the FTP Explorer Website
for a list of commands supported by the quote feature. I can't seem to find any
reference to them at the site. Can you point me in the right direction?
A. The quote feature simply forwards commands directly to the server.
To see a list of commands that a server supports, you can connect using the command
line FTP client and issue the "remotehelp" command.
Only commands that do not require additional actions can be sent using the quote