Choosing Files 
 
There are several ways to select files:  
 
  • The obvious one is to use the first button to the left in the program's toolbar and then choose the desired file. Note that you may select more than one file at a time to split. This may be done in 4 alternative ways. After you have clicked the first button: 
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    1. Hold down the left mouse button and move the cursor over the files of interest. 
    2. Click at the first file, then while holding down the shift key click at the last file. 
    3. Select and/or deselect individual files by clicking on them, while holding down the control key. 
    4. Enter the file names using wildcards, for example: *.*, or *.AVI
     
    or any combination of these alternatives. 
     
  • You may drag and drop one or several files, for instance from the Explorer, onto a short cut to The File Chopper. If you don't have such a short cut, just locate the program's file, named FileChopper.exe, and drag and drop the file on the desktop. A short cut to the program will now appear there, which you can drag and drop files onto, that are to be split or restored.  
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  • The program may also be started from the Run... prompt, from a DOS-window, or from within a DOS batch file. In this case, it is possible to control and pass information to the program already at the start. The program recognizes the following seven switches: 
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    /bigfile=[drive:\path\filename] 
    /smallfiles=[drive:\path\filename] 
    /selfunitfile=[drive:\path\filename] 
    /basesize=[base size entry number] 
    /split 
    /minimize 
    /exit 
     
    The first two may be used instead of the first two buttons. To choose a base size, enter a number indicating which entry it has in the base size list (1 means the first, normally 720 kB, 2 means the second, normally 1.44 MB, and so on). To make the program start splitting directly, use the /split switch. If also /minimize and/or /exit are used, the program will run minimized and/or exit when finished. Using /selfunitfile will create a self uniting batch file after splitting. The names of the switches are not case sensitive (for example: /split, /Split, and /SPLIT are all valid switch names). 
     
    Example: Starting the program (supposing it is located at C:\Program\Matex Data HB\File Chopper) with 
    C:\Program\Matex Data HB\File Chopper\FileChopper.exe /BigFile=D:\Tmp\Data.z /SelfUnitFile=D:\Tmp\Restore.bat /BaseSize=2 /Split 
     
    will split Data.z at D:\Tmp to the default name and place for the smaller files, using the second base size (normally 1.44 MB), and finally, create a self uniting batch file with the name Restore.bat. Because /Split is used, the program starts splitting directly. If /minimize also was used, the program would be run in a minimized window and if /exit was added, the program would exit after the splitting was finished. If /BaseSize had been excluded, the default value would have been chosen.