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IMPORTANT:  Berokyo does not remove, store or duplicate any of the items you add to cabinets. Thus, you should never delete the original items. Items are not stored as files and cannot be copied or dragged back onto the Desktop, Windows Explorer or anywhere else.

 

If you want to clean up your desktop follow these steps.

Creating new cabinets
Showing and hiding cabinets
Docking cabinets to the screen edge
Working with categories and subcategories
Adding items to cabinets
Selecting multiple items
Working with items
Quick Search
Personalization
Preferences
Keyboard Shortcuts
How to clean up a cluttered desktop
 

Creating new cabinets


To create a new cabinet, use the New Cabinet submenu from the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking on the Berokyo icon in the notification area of the taskbar, and then select the desired cabinet style.



Later, you’ll be able to fully personalize its style using the personalization options.

 

To resize the cabinet and make it any size you want just drag its edges as you would in a normal window.



When you create a new cabinet it is assigned the CTRL+1, CTRL+2, …, CTRL+0 hotkey by default. If you want you can change this hotkey using the personalization options.

 

Once the cabinet is created the Quick Start dialog is automatically shown to allow you to quickly perform the most common actions, e.g., change the cabinet style, add categories, add items, personalize the cabinet, dock it to any screen edge, etc. You can show the Quick Start dialog at any time by simply pressing CTRL+F1.



You can create an unlimited number of cabinets and add an unlimited number of items to them.


Showing and hiding cabinets


To show a specific cabinet press its hotkey or use the Show Cabinet submenu from the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking on the Berokyo icon in the notification area of the taskbar. To easily recognize cabinets in this submenu you can assign them names using the personalization options.

 

To hide a specific cabinet, first click on it to activate it, and then press Esc. Also, if the cabinet is docked to any screen edge, you can enable the auto hide feature so it hides automatically after a few seconds when it loses the keyboard focus. If you want to enable this feature use the personalization options or press CTRL+H to toggle it on/off.

 

If you have created several cabinets you can cycle through them clockwise by pressing CTRL+Tab. To cycle counterclockwise press CTRL+SHIFT+Tab. When cycling if a cabinet is hidden it will be automatically shown and activated.

 

By default, the cabinets when shown are not kept visible on top of other windows. If you want to enable this feature use the personalization options or press CTRL+T to toggle it on/off.

 

Furthermore, you can show all the cabinets at once by simply clicking the Berokyo icon in the notification area of the taskbar or pressing the CTRL+F10 hotkey. To hide all the visible cabinets press the CTRL+F11 hotkey. Both hotkeys can be changed in the program preferences.

 

Finally, you can show a cabinet in kiosk or full screen mode. Simply press CTRL+K or CTRL+F to toggle this feature on/off, respectively.


Docking cabinets to the screen edge


To dock a cabinet to any screen edge (left, right, top or bottom) use the personalization options or the Dock To Screen Edge submenu from the Cabinet menu in the menu bar or the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking anywhere on the cabinet. Alternatively, you can use these keyboard shortcuts:

Shortcut

Screen Edge

SHIFT+Esc

None (Floating Window)

CTRL+Up

Top

CTRL+Right

Right

CTRL+Down

Bottom

CTRL+Left

Left

CTRL+SHIFT+Up

Top (Maximized)

CTRL+SHIFT+Right

Right (Maximized)

CTRL+SHIFT+Down

Bottom (Maximized)

CTRL+SHIFT+Left

Left (Maximized)


When docked, the cabinet will show up, by default, whenever you touch the screen edge with the mouse pointer. If you want to prevent the cabinet from showing if you accidentally move the mouse pointer to the screen edge, e.g., when scrolling or closing a window, go to the personalization options and enter how many seconds the mouse should stay on the screen edge for the docked cabinet to show up and/or check the But only if I am holding down the key (CTRL, ALT, SHIFT) option.


Working with categories and subcategories


Before adding items to a cabinet it is recommended to create one or more categories or subcategories so you can keep them organized.

 

To create a new category, use the New Category command from the Categories menu in the menu bar or the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking anywhere on the cabinet.

 

To create a new subcategory, use the New Subcategory command from the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking on any category or subcategory.



If you want to rename any category or subcategory just double-click it, write the new name and press Enter to accept the changes.

 

You can arrange the categories and subcategories in your favorite order using the Move ‘Category’ To submenu from the Categories menu in the menu bar or the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking on the specific category or subcategory.

 

To expand/collapse any category or subcategory, just double-click it (outside the name). If the collapsed category or subcategory contains other subcategories, they will be collapsed too.


Adding items to cabinets


To add items to an existing cabinet, first show and activate the cabinet, create the target category or subcategory, and then do one of the following:

 

  • Drag-and-drop one or multiple files and folders into it. You can start the drag operation from almost any location, e.g., your Desktop, Web Browser, Windows Explorer, Quick Launch or Start Menu.

  • Go to your Desktop or open Windows Explorer, select the files and/or folders and press CTRL+C to copy them to the Clipboard. Then select the target category and press CTRL+V.

  • Use the Add Items submenu from the Items menu in the menu bar or the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking anywhere on the cabinet or the target category, respectively. This submenu will allow you to browse for files or quickly add, for instance, Control Panel Applets, Desktop Items, Quick Launch Icons, Administrative Tools, Start Menu Programs, Internet Favorites, Documents, Music, Pictures, etc.



When you add web items (url, html or htm), their thumbnails are generated in the background and the process may take a few seconds for each item to complete. As soon as they are generated they start replacing the default icons.


Selecting multiple items


Items are selected, by default, when you click on them; however, if you prefer to use CTRL-click to select an item and single-click to open (launch) it, you can set it using the program preferences.

 

You can select multiple items to quickly open, drag, move or remove them. To select multiple items do one of the following:

 

  • To select consecutive items, press and hold down CTRL and click the first item, then press and hold down SHIFT and click the last item.

  • To select nonconsecutive items, press and hold down CTRL and then click each item.

  • To select all the visible items in the cabinet, press CTRL+A, or on the shortcut menu, click Select All Items.

If you have selected some items and then want to clear the selection, click on a blank area.


Working with items


When you right-click on an item a shortcut menu will appear that allows you to perform some operations on that item. You can open it, remove it, hide/show its name, locate it in Windows Explorer, move it, refresh its thumbnail or rename it. Also, you can perform most of these operations using the associated keyboard shortcuts.

 

You can use the Properties window to easily view or change the selected item properties. The currently supported properties are: target, name, description and tags.



You can use most of these properties as filters when finding items by simply using the Search Names Only (ALT+4), Search Descriptions Only (ALT+5), Search Tags Only (ALT+6) and Search All (ALT+7) commands.

 

You can arrange items to put them in any order you want by simply dragging them around. Items can also be dragged to other categories in the same or different cabinets. Furthermore, items can be copied or moved using the Clipboard and the copy (CTRL+C), cut (CTRL+X) and paste (CTRL+V) commands.

 

At any time you can show or hide the item's name using the Toggle Name command from the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking on the item or pressing CTRL+L.

 

Items are opened (launched), by default, when you double-click on them; however, if you prefer to use single-click to open (launch) an item and CTRL-click to select it, you can set it using the program preferences. You can also open (launch) items by simply pressing Enter. If you press SHIFT+Enter Windows Explorer will show you the items location.



To quickly find and open (launch) items, start typing anywhere on the cabinet (results will start appearing as you type), then press Tab to move the focus to the found results, select the desired item using the Arrow/Cursor (press and hold down SHIFT to select multiple items), and press Enter. To clear the current search (if any) press CTRL+Backspace.

 

Finally, to dynamically change the size of the thumbnails use the slider located at the bottom right corner of the cabinet. Only images, videos and webpage thumbnails can be up to 256 pixels in size. The maximum size of icons is limited to 48 pixels.


Quick Search


Instead of opening a browser and visiting the home page of your search provider every time you want to search the web, you can simply press CTRL+Space to activate the Quick Search window or use the Quick Search command from the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking on the Berokyo icon in the notification area of the taskbar. The Quick Search hotkey can be changed in the program preferences.



From this window you can search the web using the main search providers – including the powerful YubNub, as well as find items in all the cabinets at once. To change the current search provider, click the search icon on the left and select another from the shortcut menu. Alternatively, you can use the associated keyboard shortcuts.



Personalization


Berokyo can be fully customized. You can select a different style or modify the patterns and colors used to fill the cabinet and shelves, add your own patterns and colors, enter a name for the cabinet, change its activation hotkey, etc.

 

You can access the personalization options using the Personalize menu in the menu bar or the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking anywhere on the cabinet.





If you want to use a solid color for the background, don't forget to set the background pattern to None; otherwise the pattern will be shown over the selected solid color.

 

You can delete any user-defined patterns and colors by simply pressing the DEL key.



To change the hotkey simply click the editbox and then enter the new hotkey on your keyboard. You can enter almost any key in combination with the CTRL, ALT, and SHIFT modifiers. However, when changing the hotkey keep in mind that no other program can use the selected key combination. If the selected hotkey conflicts with an access key in another program, that access key will not work. An access key is a letter or number that, when used in combination with the ALT or CTRL key, carries out an action, e.g., Ctrl+S in Microsoft Word saves the file being edited.


Preferences


You can access the program preferences using the Preferences command from the Personalize menu in the menu bar or the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking on the Berokyo icon in the notification area of the taskbar.





To change a hotkey simply click the editbox and then enter the new hotkey on your keyboard. You can enter almost any key in combination with the CTRL, ALT, and SHIFT modifiers. However, when changing the hotkey keep in mind that no other program can use the selected key combination. If the selected hotkey conflicts with an access key in another program, that access key will not work. An access key is a letter or number that, when used in combination with the ALT or CTRL key, carries out an action, e.g., Ctrl+S in Microsoft Word saves the file being edited.

 

If you want to run the program automatically when Windows starts don’t forget to leave checked the Run at system startup option.

 

Also, it is recommended that you leave checked the Automatically check for updates option to be informed when a new version is available for download and have your program always updated.


Keyboard Shortcuts


Berokyo has a number of keyboard shortcuts that simplify its use.

Shortcut

Action

F1

Shows this Quick Start Guide

CTRL+F1

Shows this Quick Start dialog

CTRL+Space

Shows and activates the Quick Search window

CTRL+1,…,CTRL+0

Shows and activates the first 10 cabinets

Esc

Hides the active cabinet

CTRL+F10

Shows all cabinets at once

CTRL+F11

Hides all visible cabinets

CTRL+Tab

Cycles through cabinets clockwise

CTRL+SHIFT+Tab

Cycles through cabinets counterclockwise

CTRL+H

Toggles auto hide on/off for the active cabinet

CTRL+T

Toggles stay on top on/off for the active cabinet

CTRL+F

Toggles full screen on/off for the active cabinet

CTRL+K

Toggles Kiosk mode on/off for the active cabinet

SHIFT+Esc

Undocks cabinet (floating window)

CTRL+Up

Docks cabinet to top screen edge

CTRL+Right

Docks cabinet to right screen edge

CTRL+Down

Docks cabinet to bottom screen edge

CTRL+Left

Docks cabinet to left screen edge

CTRL+SHIFT+Up

Docks cabinet to top screen edge (maximized)

CTRL+SHIFT+Right

Docks cabinet to right screen edge (maximized)

CTRL+SHIFT+Down

Docks cabinet to bottom screen edge (maximized)

CTRL+SHIFT+Left

Docks cabinet to left screen edge (maximized)

CTRL+A

Selects all the visible items in the active cabinet

CTRL+L

Toggles name on/off for the selected items

Enter

Opens (Launches) the selected items

ALT+Enter

Opens (Launches) the selected items (maximized)

SHIFT+Enter

Shows in Windows Explorer the selected items

SHIFT+ALT+Enter

Shows in Windows Explorer (maximized) the selected items

F2

Renames the selected item

Del

Removes the selected items

ALT+1

Repeats the last search

ALT+2

Shows the recently opened items

ALT+3

Shows the recently added items

ALT+4

Searches names only

ALT+5

Searches descriptions only

ALT+6

Searches tags only

ALT+7

Searches all fields

CTRL+Backspace

Clears the current search

ALT+T

Toggles the top bar on/off for the active cabinet

ALT+M

Toggles the menu bar on/off for the active cabinet

ALT+B

Toggles the bottom bar on/off for the active cabinet

 

Remember to Right-Click anywhere on the cabinet, categories and items to show up the shortcut menu with all the related commands.

 

How to clean up a cluttered desktop


If a cluttered desk is a sign of a busy worker, a cluttered desktop is a sign of a busy computer. And clutter can make it hard to find the items you need. If you hate the clutter of items on your desktop, you can:

 

  • Go to your desktop and create a new folder named 'My Stuff', 'Desktop Items' or use any other name you like.

  • Select all your desktop items (except the created folder) and drag them to this folder. Some of the icons could refuse to live anywhere but the desktop, leave those there.

  • If you already added your desktop items to Berokyo when you installed the product via the welcome wizard, go to the category containing them and remove it using the Remove 'Category' -> Include Subcategories command from the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking on the category. Otherwise, Berokyo won't be able to find such items because you moved them in the previous step.

  • Activate or create the cabinet where you want to place your desktop items and use the Add Category & Items -> Desktop Items command from the shortcut menu that appears when right-clicking anywhere on the cabinet. Then, Berokyo will detect that your desktop contains subfolders and will ask you what to do, select one of the first two options and press Enter.

 

That's it! Now you have a clean desktop and still can quickly access your items using Berokyo and its powerful incremental find feature.



Enjoy this desktop enhancement and productivity tool!