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Chapter V. Working with files and folders
Most of the file operations are accessible from the File menu. Using this menu, a new file can be created, existing files opened, and opened files saved or renamed.
You may also insert a file into another one, and revert a modified file to its previously saved state.
Figure V.1. Bluefish File Menu
For Mac OS X users installing via Fink, choose bluefish-gnomevfs2 or bluefish-gnome2 variant.
You may also add directories, delete files, and refresh the file browser in the side panel using its contextual menu.
Figure V.2. The File Browser Contextual Menu
You may also open a file using drag and drop from the desktop or from Nautilus to any part of the Bluefish window but the editor part when you are under Gnome2 environment.
1. Creating files
Apart from using File → New (Ctrl+N) or the New icon to create a new file, you may also use File → New Window (Shift+Ctrl+N).
Those methods create an untitled file of type text (except when you are working on a project with defined template file, see Creating a New Project for more info) with default permissions and the default character encoding defined in the Files tab in the Edit → Preferences menu option. You will further have to save it under the desired name.
Figure V.3. Untitled Document Window
Note that the document window is titled “Untitled n - Bluefish versionnumber”, which indicates precisely that the file is not saved on the disk. The same applies to the document's tab which shows “Untitled n”. Moreover, if you move the cursor onto the document's tab, you will not see any size or modification date.
To spare yourself the bother of saving, right click on the desired directory in the directory list of the file browser in the side panel and select New File. You will be presented with a File name dialog, where you will enter the desired name:
Figure V.4. The File Name Dialog