Find Files Window

Find Files Window
This is the Window that opens when you run the Find Files command.
This window will search through the directories you specify to find all the files Behold can open and provides information about these files. You can then double click on the files to easily open them with Behold.

Type of File To Find

1. Type of File To Find
Behold can search for Behold Organize files, GEDCOM files, and Behold Log files. The default is to search for either Behold and GEDCOM files. The choices on the dropdown box are:

Directories to Look In

2. Directories to Look In
This is the directory you want to start looking in.  Click on the Browse button to help you find the directory you want. Use the dropdown to select a directory you previously used.

Text in the Filename

3. Text in the Filename
If you know the name of your file, or part of the name, but just don't know where it is, you can enter that in this box and only filenames with that text in the name will be listed. Use the dropdown to select text you previously used.

Containing Text

4. Containing Text
If you specify something in the "Containing Text" box, then the search will only include files meeting the file criteria AND having the specified text string contained somewhere within the file. You may also add conditions to the text (match case and/or whole word). You can use the dropdown to select text you previously used.
Specifying containing text will slow down the search, especially if you have large files, since it will have to read through the text of every file.

Control buttons

5. Control buttons
Press "Find" to start the search. While searching, the "Stop" button becomes active and you can use it to interrupt the search. Use "Clear" to clear the search results area. Use "Help" to display this help page.


6. Animation
This little flashlight will move side to side while searching. This was just a fun thing I added many years ago, and I liked it so I kept it.

Results area

7. Results area
There is actually a lot more information here if you make make the Find Files window bigger or maximize it:
The results area include a number of fields with information about each file. This was actually created to help find test files of certain types for Behold, and was left in to be a useful tool for anyone using Behold.
You can sort by any column by clicking on the column header. Clicking the same header again will sort in reverse order. The small arrow up or down (shown above in the Date... section of the column header) tells you what is currently the sort column and whether it is sorted up or down.
You can make columns wider or narrower by grabbing and moving the small line between the column headers, or you can double-click on that line to make the column the right size to show the widest entry.
Each row contains:
  1. Name: the file name.
  2. Folder: The folder it is in.
  3. Date modifies: The same as what Windows explorer gives you.
  4. Type: Tells you the type of file, and if it is a GEDCOM file or a FTWText file, it should include the version of GEDCOM. An FTWText file is one created by early versions of Family Tree Maker that uses full-word descriptive tags instead of short GEDCOM tags. There are very few programs that can read FTWText files, but Behold can.
  5. Size: The size of the file.
  6. Program: This should be the program and the version number of the program that created the file.
  7. Dest: This is the program that the GEDCOM was destined for. Some programs can export their GEDCOM into slightly modified version of GEDCOM that will allow intended programs to read some data in extended formats.
  8. Char: This is the character set that the GEDCOM specifies it is using. Behold can read all the different character sets. Character sets specified in most GEDCOM files include: ANSEL, ANSI, ASCII, IBM, LATIN, MAC, UNICODE, UTF-8 and variations of each of them.
  9. BOM (Byte Order Mark): These are special characters that are added at the beginning of some files to indicate the encoding of the characters in the file to the operating system. Unicode files usually require these to allow correct interpretation of the particular Unicode format being used. BOMs for most GEDCOM files include: none, UTF-8, UTF-16 big-endian, and UTF16 little-endian.

Selected File

8. Selected File
Click on a filename with your mouse, and that will select it.  Double-click on the filename, and you'll open that file in Behold.

Open button

9. Open button
Opens the selected file in Behold. This is the same as double-clicking on the file.

View button

10. View button
Opens the GEDCOM file for the selected file in your default text file viewer.

Log File button

11. Log File button
Opens the log file for the selected file in your default text file viewer

Status bar

12. Status bar
Shows the progress during the search and shows final statistics after the search is completed.