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Damn, now I have a problem. The feature to move files to recycle bin was off. didn't know that you have to or can turn it on. What is a good recovery software?
 

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Damn, now I have a problem. The feature to move files to recycle bin was off. didn't know that you have to or can turn it on. What is a good recovery software?
You might be able to identify the files that were deleted by crawling through the Mixplorer log. I don't know what causes the log file to be reset, so make a point of capturing the current log before exiting Mixplorer.

You might find a program to scan a drive and recover files. I think your time would be better spent identifying which files you will miss, and trying to find versions on other systems.
 
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For those who seek and or need perspective about how little MiXplorer's developer discusses open vs closed source, the most comprehensive search I've done on XDA was just now in the MiX main thread and in the MiX FAQ for posts by hootanparsa mentioning "open source" or "closed source" or "source", and that search found only 1 direct response from hootanparsa

https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...y-featured-file-manager.1523691/post-69159914

It is likely that there are some other responses but the fact that there are so few should be an indication that the developer is not engaging in this discussion, therefore, even though it may be generally relevant to android, because this developer does not speak to it then our discussions about it do become off-topic in the development thread because they are at the expense of issues being reported which the developer is willing to discuss. Also to consider are geopolitical realities which might (or might not) be reasons why the developer keeps the source closed and why they might not want to discuss it. The aforementioned is conjecture on my part but it is a reasonably realistic scenario. In any event I hope people do feel free to continue that discussion here in this thread.
 

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An update that I can provide from my side, is that my past personal contacts / interactions by the dev also state that he isn't comfortable discussing about it.

MiX is a great utility no doubt. But my main usage is in it's offline mode, such as image viewer, pdf viewer, archive manager, & root explorer / permission accessibility.

I won't be using it's online features such as cloud storage access, straight out disabling the network access from appinfo.
Me being a code reviewer & a hardcore FOSS advocate, I had to do whatever I can to ensure my privacy / security / data theft.
Trust is not a thing we fosskers put on any software btw.
 

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An update that I can provide from my side, is that my past personal contacts / interactions by the dev also state that he isn't comfortable discussing about it.

MiX is a great utility no doubt. But my main usage is in it's offline mode, such as image viewer, pdf viewer, archive manager, & root explorer / permission accessibility.

I won't be using it's online features such as cloud storage access, straight out disabling the network access from appinfo.
Me being a code reviewer & a hardcore FOSS advocate, I had to do whatever I can to ensure my privacy / security / data theft.
Trust is not a thing we fosskers put on any software btw.

IIRC even among people who trust the app you would not be the only one who blocks things like that. There was a similar reaction from some folks when the built in updater was added to MiX.
 

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IIRC even among people who trust the app you would not be the only one who blocks things like that. There was a similar reaction from some folks when the built in updater was added to MiX.
Unless you peek through & compare MD5 checksums with the ones provided by original source binary.
Also closing the source itself does not make a project bad. Rather it's more of a political issue than a technical tbh.
 

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Hi, is it possible to choose multiple filter? I want to chose image + video
 
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Hi, is it possible to choose multiple filter? I want to chose image + video

Good question. I played around with it a bit and don't think there is a way to select multiple filters, although that might be a nice feature request.That being said, there should be a way to achieve this by creating and saving a custom MiX Advanced search by multiple file extension types using a regex expression but I don't know how to do that. It's hard to imagine that other people don't want to do this and have not asked before; IMO this is a good question for the main thread. I'd be glad to post it there but it's your question, and a good one, so I defer to you.
 

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Good question. I played around with it a bit and don't think there is a way to select multiple filters, although that might be a nice feature request.That being said, there should be a way to achieve this by creating and saving a custom MiX Advanced search by multiple file extension types using a regex expression but I don't know how to do that. It's hard to imagine that other people don't want to do this and have not asked before; IMO this is a good question for the main thread. I'd be glad to post it there but it's your question, and a good one, so I defer to you.
Oh I didn't even know mixplorer have regex search haha, aight thanks. Looks like it's working fine using something like `gif|png|mp4|...`

Also I've posted this in main thread too.
 

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hmmm, looks like the behaviour is not what I want from filter feature. It's search recursively and if I move to other folder the regex is gone :(.

Using filter I can freely browse folder and only file got filtered

If you save the search as a bookmark you should still have a reusable item with which to access that material. With the "current folder" selected it won't be recursive. Unfortunately once the bookmark is saved the search parameters cannot be modified as in a live search, for instance to toggle "current folder", so this is not as amenable to quick changes on the fly as are toggle-able filters. That being said I like using the search function because of the level of detail, down to the individual file extensions.
 
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What regex engine does mixplorer use?

I don't know and since MiX is closed source there may be no way of knowing but there is some information about various shared libraries and components that MiX uses in post 6 of the main thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...released-fully-featured-file-manager.1523691/. Note: In general, if you are curious about such things, the opening posts of the development thread would be one of the first places to check.
 
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How to work around XDA thread search glitch:

The XDA app thread search may replace your criteria with a wildcard (asterisk) and return all posts as a search result. To get proper thread search results based on your criteria:

> Enter your search criteria (and select-copy it to memory) then run search.
> On the results page your criteria will have been replaced with an asterisk (wildcard) which is now an orange or blue hyperlink to the advanced search page. Click/tap the asterisk link.
> In the advanced search page, paste or type your criteria over the asterisk (non linked).
> Run the search.

Web browsers are recommended for searching as they allow exploration of results in new tabs and return to original location. Originally shared here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...ink-app-rolling-out-now.4199599/post-86078753
 

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Very new user here looking for some input:
I am trying to access my samba on Ubuntu server (Windows samba shares or Shares on Synology NAS work fine), For my Ubuntu share, I get the following error (copied out from log):

‌61 I/SMBExplorer> IP: 192.168.178.48:445, hostname:
‌62 E/SMBExplorer> AUTH Unable to parse the explicit Tagged Object with ASN1Tag[ContextSpecific,Constructed,1], it might be implicit
‌63 E/BROWSE_TASK> libs.f3: Unable to parse the explicit Tagged Object with ASN1Tag[ContextSpecific,Constructed,1], it might be implicit

Any idea what could be wrong?
 

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Very new user here looking for some input:
I am trying to access my samba on Ubuntu server (Windows samba shares or Shares on Synology NAS work fine), For my Ubuntu share, I get the following error (copied out from log):

61 I/SMBExplorer> IP: 192.168.178.48:445, hostname:
62 E/SMBExplorer> AUTH Unable to parse the explicit Tagged Object with ASN1Tag[ContextSpecific,Constructed,1], it might be implicit
63 E/BROWSE_TASK> libs.f3: Unable to parse the explicit Tagged Object with ASN1Tag[ContextSpecific,Constructed,1], it might be implicit

Any idea what could be wrong?

Confirming your scenario: Adding a LAN (Samba) bookmark in MiXplorer on Android in order to connect to SMB share on Linux device. This is interesting for a few reasons.

1) Regarding "... it might be implicit...", I don't know if or how implicit works with SMB as it does with FTP (from the MiX FTP server documentation https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85932885

2) I could also connect to Windows SMB shares and a USB-SD SMB share on a router (roughly equivalent to your NAS) with no extra steps (other than matching or no credentials), but I did have to do something different for Linux from the command line and IIRC in one or more configuration files. Unfortunately, I forget specifically what I did but it went something like so:

- Linux Ubuntu 20.10 on Raspberry Pi4
- On the Linux device create a user dedicated to sharing.
- Enabled sharing in general on the Linux device (grep this, grock that, command line the other).
- Created SMB user (possibly a repeat by different method of the second step as I did this on 2 RPi4 boxes).
- Create shares to folders as needed in the Linux UI.
- To share the top level of external USB drives and SD cards something else had to be done in a configuration file.

Apologies for not remembering specific commands. I was surviving on one of those RPi4s as a primary workstation for several months and did not keep inventory but I could check for specific things upon request.

[EDIT] while testing to verify parts of this post I noticed something which may or may not come to bear regarding DNS and DHCP. At one point the operating system SD card in one of the raspberry Pi boxes failed so I cloned the other box and gave the clone a unique name but let it keep the IP address of the corrupted drive which it replaced. An existing MiXplorer bookmark to the original (but now corrupted) box is able to connect to the replacement which makes sense because this type of bookmark uses the IP address but the host name listed in the bookmark is of the old box. I just thought it was worth noting that the hostname in the bookmark seems to be a recorded and static label and not actually used to make the connection.
 
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@IronTechmonkey Thanks for your answer. Yes, the scenario is exactly as you stated. I used Local search in "Add storage" in the Bookmarks and the server is shown completely fine as the others. I used already just the IP to connect, as I made the experience that the hostname can sometimes cause any issues. Something that I haven't mentioned, is that for other Explorers I used (e.g. ES File Explorer) or any other OS (my Windows PCs), I do not have any issues connecting to that Samba share.
Regarding your number 1: I already read about implicit/explicit on FTP, but do not have any idea what it could mean regarding SMB, or what property I could change to get this working.
 

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I purchased Mixplorer and I can't seem to get rid of this annoying popup. "Tap on ADD button to find and select the USB drive, if it's partition format is supported by system". If I tap on add it won't allow me to select "use this folder" unless I select into a random file directory but once I do that and exit and re-enter the app the popup comes back. I have given the app file and write permissions. Enabled the setting "Enable OTG" but that doesn't help. I just want the popup to not come up every time I run the app. It's annoying. I've attached a screenshot of the annoying popup if it help. Thanks in advance to anybody that could help. Cheers.
 

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I purchased Mixplorer and I can't seem to get rid of this annoying popup. "Tap on ADD button to find and select the USB drive, if it's partition format is supported by system". If I tap on add it won't allow me to select "use this folder" unless I select into a random file directory but once I do that and exit and re-enter the app the popup comes back. I have given the app file and write permissions. Enabled the setting "Enable OTG" but that doesn't help. I just want the popup to not come up every time I run the app. It's annoying. I've attached a screenshot of the annoying popup if it help. Thanks in advance to anybody that could help. Cheers.

I missed this post earlier but see that you've posted in the main thread. Thanks for taking the time to do that as this does seem to be a genuine issue. You are among growing number of people who have reported it. Fyi, the developer is sometimes away from these threads for some time as has been the case recently but they are good at follow up upon return.
 

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    I already tried some trick like remount the SD card manually or from the system but not works.
    How do I get the log? Please let me know

    Here you go, take it easy hero.

    Edit: reupload the log, not uploaded

    https://hastebin.com/cayubawaye

    Settle down Sparky. JK. Disclaimer: Sparky is not pejorative nickname, I once had a parakeet named Sparky which I was fond of but which was energetic and sometimes got ahead of itself. :D Humor aside, but to the point of not getting ahead of ourselves, it could be a waste of time for people to dive into the log and test on your behalf without having some assurance that you actually did try the suggested workarounds.

    To that point, you only mentioned attempting the one particular workaround a which happens to be first in the list and there's no indication that you tried the others. In fact it would be reasonable for a reader to surmise that you only tried the suggestion from the post on this page and did not actually go to the troubleshooting post to try the other suggestions.

    Additionally, the one you mentioned is least likely to rectify your situation and some of the others may be important. In particular I suggest trying these selected things in the order presented and then sharing what is the result at each step.

    Again here is the link to the troubleshooting post.

    "MiX Nugget: Troubleshooting SD card & USB OTG ...." here: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-87626419

    See these sections:

    1) Confirm that MiX has required Android permissions.

    2) Issues with SD as adopted storage, and possibly other cases, sch as after an OS update there may be the need to redo some permissions

    3) Alternate Paths

    If none of those work then it may indeed be time to dig into the log and possibly report it in the main thread. If that is the case then it might also help to log sessions where those workarounds have been attempted. When sharing alarms also share detailed list of the steps you took to reproduce the problem.

    [EDIT] the log indicates that you are rooted and have created document providers for the /android/data,obb directories and for the root of external storage. I'm surprised that you are allowed to create that document provider; try creating a document provider for the location where you are trying to add a folder. Also, another important detail, share specifically what folder you are creating and where as that may speak to the limitations as well.
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    Hi, I'm using this app for several months
    But now I have a problem, mixplorer can't access SD card whenever I try to make folder to get permission it always failed. Also it says no item RW, but if I check with google files I can see the items in it but no with mixplorer.
    Is there any solution for this issue? I already search for some tips but nothing works so far.

    I'm using cusrom cherish os decrypted, a13 and rooted in Redmi note 10 pro.
    Read back a couple of posts, there is a link to sd card troubleshooting section that may have some tips
    Logs are also useful...........
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    Hi!!!! Anyone knows if its possible to set SQLITE and Text Editors to have autosave?

    If I am using them and forget to save, before pressing the x, (exiting), I loose the work I been doing.

    Thanks!

    Pressing the X? What X? To exit the app after making an edit you would tap or long press the the back button, or tap the left pointing arrow at the upper left, then respond to a prompt asking if you want to save the file. If that is not what is occurring for you then it might help if you describe in specific detail the steps you're taking when reproducing the issue.
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    I already tried some trick like remount the SD card manually or from the system but not works.
    How do I get the log? Please let me know
    Come on groover, you have posted in a thread thats called Q&A and FAQ, do some reading please, logging, do whatever you are trying to do with the sdcard then go to the 3dot menu then send log, post it up for people to have a look at whats failing and should hopefully be able to help troubleshoot
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    Here the new log, please have look.

    I already try that troubleshoo, but still no clue what the issue that's why I ask here.
    Also I don't wanna waste your precious time but I run out of options.
    Tried everything I know, from using magisk module no restrictions, formating the SD card and remount it, reinstall mixplorer with different version, revoke permission and root, and i had tried to reflash the rom yet still no solution this far and decided to ask here.

    Thanks for your reply

    If my time was precious I wouldn't be maintaining this FAQ and trying to help you. In fact due to the way you bypass due diligence and refuse to provide adequate information about what you actually tried to do and what the effect was, the "precious" spotlight could easily swing your way, so let's leave the snark out of it. :|

    If you think you have to re flash the ROM or format the SD card to fix this then you are outside the scope of MiXplorer. Not that there could be no possible fix within MiXplorer nor do I mind you discussing potential OS and ROM factors here, but if you're going all over the place doing that stuff like that then it is harder to diagnose what is happening in MiXplorer because each time it's a different set of circumstances, which makes details even more significant.

    In other words: If the ride down the road is bumpy and that is because something might be wrong with the car then you don't start tearing up and rebuilding the road before establishing whether or not there is an issue with the car.

    If you think this is an issue with MiXplorer then please post it in the main thread with a log and details about what you did while creating the log (as described post 7 of this thread). If you think it's not a MiX issue worth reporting directly to the developer then you're more than welcome to keep hacking away at it here, but within the scope of testing for MiX specific issues more information and detail might be required.
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    MiXplorer: Q&A and FAQ (User Manual)

    Table Of Contents:

    i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION (This post)
    ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
    iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS (Copy Move methods, Trash option)
    iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
    v. MiX NUGGETS (Freestanding Topical Posts)
    vi. THEMES and SKINS
    vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP
    MiX Nugget - Settings Overview: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-82834917

    Notes:

    If you are just starting with MiXplorer then a general review of this FAQ might be helpful but if you seek information about a particular feature or workaround you can see if there is a "MiX Nugget" for it. MiX Nuggets are individual freestanding FAQ posts which describe a MiXplorer feature in enough detail for basic use without having to sift through whole FAQ. v. MiX NUGGETS (Freestanding Topical Posts).

    Issues and workarounds of the moment:
    As the android OS and individual apps evolve there are often clusters of issues for which there are common sets of symptoms and common workarounds. This section is to share a link to whatever is the latest such batch of such issues/workarounds. As of January 2023 this set of issues and potential workarounds is described in this post:
    MiX Nugget: Troubleshooting SD card & USB OTG access, accessing /android/data, creating Document Providers, accessing folders on Andriod TV or Google TV, accessing folders in Android 13 and up, other things. https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-87626419.

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    i) INTRODUCTION

    As mentioned in an introduction from the main thread: "MiXplorer (Mix of Explorers) is a fast, smooth, beautiful, reliable and fully-featured file manager with a simple and intuitive user interface." created by XDA member and Recognized Developer @HootanParsa

    I (IronTechmonkey) am a MiXplorer user and who volunteered (was volunteered) to create the FAQ but I am not the/a developer. This FAQ attempts to describe configuration options, file & folder operations, UI options, and MiX utilities, as well as to share workarounds for known issues or usage cases. Please feel free to provide, suggestions, corrections, or additions which could be linked to or added to the OPs. Thanks to all for your input already as much of this comes from your questions and answers in the main MiXplorer thread. Thanks to @HootanParsa for such a good file management utility.

    Please continue to direct bug reporting and tech discussion to the primary MiXplorer thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1523691.

    Note: the developer is sometimes away for periods of time, days or weeks or even months, but is good about following up upon return.

    SOME MIXPLORER HISTORY (MiXtory?)

    This post by HootanParsa describes a how MiXplorer got started and some key events during its relationship with Google Play Store. https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...y-featured-file-manager.1523691/post-77894840

    Here is another note from HootanParsa regarding the history of MiXplorer on Playstore https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1523691&p=73870110.

    MiXplorer is closed source, and because the developer rarely if ever engages in discussions about closed vs. open source this is not discussed at length in the main MiX thread. This is not by any rule but rather by respect for the developer's decision. That being said, past discussions about closed vs. open source have been well informed and informative. Such discussions really do relate to software development, if not to the bugs to be fixed at any given moment, so please feel free to have such discussions here if/when they become too much for the main thread.

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    GETTING MIXPLORER

    There are several ways to get MiXplorer and keep it updated.

    1) XDA Version in Main Thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1523691:
    This is the place for p the latest stable version, which is usually available in post 2. This is also where you can get the latest beta version. Note: it is always a good idea to check the main thread's OPs to see what version # is flagged as stable, as well as check the change-log. Add-ons can be obtained through the app which links to website.

    2) Playstore (MiXplorer Silver). As announced by HootanParsa here https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=78465999&postcount=27232; "MiX Silver a bundle of MiX with Archive and SMB2 addons and the latest language resources is uploaded in Play store as a paid app to support the development of MiXplorer. If you liked it and installed it and found a problem, please let me know. Thank you very much. "

    Note: The Playstore-Silver and XDA-Stable versions of MiXplorer are essentially the same (sometimes with small variation) but the Playstore-Silver version includes some add-ons (describe below and at Playstore page) which would have to be installed separately and manually in the XDA version; otherwise the 2 version are functionally the same.

    3) APK Mirror: This is an unsupported repository of more versions of MiX than most people would need, but some of these builds may be helpful in some situations and it provides access outside of Playstore.
    MiX at APK Mirror: https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/hootan-parsa/mixplorer-hootanparsa/
    Old link (just in case) https://www.apkmirror.com/uploads/?q=pishrodevs.
    If this link does not work then search Google for [MiXplorer APK Mirror]
    As to upgrade paths: The Play Store gives a one-shot installation and upgrade path for the app and its included add-ons. The XDA stable version allows users to decide specifically which add-ons are installed but offers a similarly simple upgrade path from with the app.

    4) [POSSIBLE INACTIVE] APKMirror RSS Feeds: https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/pishrodevs/mixplorer-hootanparsa/feed/
    [inactive?]http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/hootanparsa/feed/ The ApkMirror RSS feeds are considered by many to be a similarly "stable" and up to date as the main MiXplorer thread and XDA Labs but it offers less information about the development progression of recent updates.

    Add-ons: MiXplorer Add-ons can be installed from within the app like this:
    Settings > Addons > and click add button > follow links to browse and download appropriate add-ons.

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    INSTALLATION:

    After installing MiXplorer there are some things that must be done in order to give MiXplorer proper access to storage locations and root or SU access. It is a good idea to get these things out of the way as part of the installation (or update) of MiXplorer rather than on-the-fly as you need to perform file management tasks. Here is a brief walk-through of how to give MiXplorer it's requisite permissions. This is written for Android Nougat which has more of these prerequisites than earlier Android versions so please note that things may differ across different ROMs and SU/root methods:

    Do this stuff first, immediately after installing MiXplorer but before configuring it and importing skins and or settings

    - At first run of MiXplorer at prompt "Allow MiXplorer to access photos, media, and files on your device?" Select to Allow.
    - Make sure root is enabled in MiX setting > Navigate to Root "/" to force first time SU permissions request > Select " allow" and "remember".
    - Navigate to external SD and create a new folder. There should a prompt "Attention Please select Ext SD... to gain permissions". Note: In some situations you may not have to create a folder to invoke this prompt.

    BUG REPORTING

    - Please report bugs in the primary MiXplorer thread here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1523691. Bug reports should include. details about your device (Android version, ROM version, Root status, SU method, MiXplorer version) as well as a step by step description of how to reproduce the issue and a log taken while the issue was reproduced. There are more suggestions for testing, logging and reporting bugs in this post: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=65157367&postcount=7
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    ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
    1) Primary UI Components
    2) Navigation
    3) Drawer (Bookmarks/History)
    4) Tabs
    5) Views (file folder list)
    6) "Home" page - described in MiX Nugget
    - Home Page - https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781209&postcount=1168

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    1) Primary UI Components

    The names of various UI objects may be referenced throughout documentation (and are helpful to know when configuring theme). Here are the names of a few primary UI components along with the specific name for their background colors in the theme configuration. This is just as a reference point for the documentation. For more about skins and themes see that post.

    Status Bar: TINT_STATUS_BAR
    Main Bar: BG_BAR_MAIN
    Tab Bar: BG_BAR_TAB
    Tab Indicator: TINT_TAB_INDICATOR
    Selected Tab: TINT_TAB_INDICATOR_SELECTED
    Page: BG_PAGE
    Tools bar: BG_BAR_TOOLS
    Navigation Bar: TINT_NAVIGATION_BAR

    I) Action Bar: BG_BAR_ACTION The Action Bar appears in place of the Main Bar when one or more items is selected.

    J) Drawer: The Drawer can be opened by tapping Hamburger in Main Bar or swiping the Page from left edge toward right and takes it’s background color from BG_BAR_MAIN.

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    2) Navigation

    To navigate through folders; Tap the name of he folder you want to enter, or select a bookmark or history item. Note: Tapping the icon to the left will select and highlight the folder.

    To go to the previously accessed folder:; Press back button.

    To go anywhere in the path you are browsing: Tap the Location button in Main bar then tapping the part of the folder tree you want to go to.

    To go to a manually entered location: Long press the Address in the Main bar then tap “Enter the path”. Note the other things that can be done from this menu: Copy path, Copy name, Enter the path, Create shortcut, Clear thumbnails cache, Properties. Note: The items in lists like this may change as MiXplorer evolves.

    To search for items: Tap the search icon, then you can start typing what you want to find in current folder.
    To filter the search: tap the leaning-hamburger, then select an option.
    To search recursively (into sub-folders): Tap the right-angle arrow icon, then choose options and search criteria. See this FAQ Nugget for recursive and advanced search options: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-82781351
    Regex: Regex is a fairly powerful method of using expressions (wild-cards and variables) to do searches, and can also be used for renaming files.
    Harvesting information in this post https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=71218953&postcount=118

    To change the View level of details: Tap the View button, then select an option.
    To Add a file or folder: Tap the Add button
    To refresh the View: Tap the Refresh button (or tap the Tab title, or tap the Location button in Main bar then tap the location).
    To sort the view: Tap the Sort button (A-Z icon)

    To show or hide an item flagged as hidden: With no items selected, tap overflow menu then tap "Show Hidden" or "Don't show hidden".
    To exit MiXplorer: Long-press Back button.

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    3) Bookmarks/History (Drawer)

    To open the Drawer for Bookmarks and History: Tap hamburger in Main Bar, or swipe from the left edge toward right.

    To create a Bookmark to a location on the device: Navigate to the location, then long press the Location in the Main (top) Bar, then tap "Add to...", then tap "Bookmarks"; or Navigate to one level above the folder, then long press the folder in the file/folder list, then tap overflow menu, then tap "Add to...", then tap "Bookmarks". :

    To create a Bookmark to a network share, server or cloud: Open Drawer, then tap hamburger, then tap Add storage, then select and configure the type of storage. There is a "Custom" option at the bottom of the list. Here are examples of 2 common types of network bookmarks:

    1) To access shared folder (SMB share) on PC or other computer on same local network.:
    - Have a shared folder on a computer with file sharing and network discovery enabled.
    - Open MiXplorer on device connected to same network.
    - Bookmarks Drawer
    - Hamburger button
    - Add Storage
    - Custom
    - Search local
    - Enter credentials
    - If the search finds no shares there may be an issue with the sharing on the host or network between devices but you could try manual configuration.

    2) To access an FTP Server on another device:.
    - Have an FTP server to connect to.
    - Bookmarks Drawer
    - Hamburger button
    - Add Storage
    - Custom
    - Enter server details (ftp://<ipaddress>:<port>, user-name password)

    Notes about network and cloud bookmarks:

    - When you create a connection to local network share or cloud via <Bookmark Drawer - hamburger - Add storage>, a Bookmark will automatically be created.

    - Depending on the type of network location, when you browse the network location you may or may not be able to create bookmarks to locations within that tree as described above. This should work for SMB shares on a computer or folders on another Android device accessed via MiXplorer FTP and might work for others.

    - When you save an off-device bookmark, some context sensitive additional configuration variables may or may not be added to the "Advance settings" field, which in some cases can be edited manually later.

    To Delete or modify a bookmark: Open the Drawer, then swipe the bookmark name to the right, then select appropriate action.

    To rearrange bookmarks: Open the Drawer, then tap and drag a bookmark by it’s icon up or down.

    To create a custom category (similar to custom bookmark for a search) in the bookmark list: Open 'All files' - Tap on the search button - Recursively - Enter file-name extensions eg; *.zip|*.rar|*.txt - Press GO - Long press the address bar - Add to bookmarks.

    To reset the search-all-by=type folders (archive, apk,image, video, etc) if they are gray and don't work: If you are updating from an older version of MiXplorer you may have to click on bookmark menu and choose "reset default" (which should preserve your own bookmarks) to recreate the new versions of the search bookmarks, then you can delete the gray ones.

    Bookmark functions via the Bookmarks Menu: Add storage Reset defaults; Remove all, Export. Note: To import bookmarks, open the exported .micfg file with MiXplorer and select import.

    To switch between Bookmarks and History : Open Drawer then tap the Bookmarks or History label in top Bar.

    To clear history: Open Drawer to History, then tap mini-hamburger.

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    4) Tabs

    1st Tab is left-most. Last Tab is right-most. New tabs will open to the right of the active tab.

    General Tab functions can be accessed via the tab menu and are context sensitive, based on Tab bar visibility and tab arrangement.

    Some functions can can be accessed by long pressing on a Tab when the Tab Bar is visible.

    To refresh a Tab’s view: Swipe down, or tap on the name in the Tab Bar, or tap the location name in main bar then tap it again in the drop down.

    To open a new tab:
    - Open Bookmarks/History
    - Long press on the item that you want to open in a new tab
    or
    - Select a folder in the main page
    - Tap the overflow menu in the action bar
    - Tap "Open in new tab",
    or;
    - Tap the Tab menu then tap "Add new tab"
    or;
    - When on last (right-most) tab, Swipe from right edge to left (depends on "Settings" - ""More Settings" - "Swiping in first and last...")


    Save single tab as default tab or to save a group of tabs (Note: "Save" may occasionally be referred to as "Pin")

    To save an individual Tab be opened to a specific location at each app start (default tab)
    - Have only one tab opened.
    - Navigate to desired location.
    - Long press on Tab Title then tap "Set as default".
    - Open the Tab drop-down menu, select, "Save tabs", Tap "Now" (leave "On Exit" un-selected).

    To save a group of tabs (tab-set) to be opened at each app start:
    - Create the tabs, and open each to the location of your choice.
    - To set the default tab (to be active at app start) long press on Tab Title then tap "Set as default".
    - Open the Tab drop-down menu, select, "Save tabs", Tap "Now" (leave "On Exit" un-selected).
    Note: View detail level and sort order should be remembered per tab.

    To have MiXplorer save the tab-set that is in place at each app close (to be opened at next app app start):
    - Open the Tab menu.
    - Select check box: "On Exit".

    To reset tabs to whatever was last saved by 'Save tabs - Now" or by "Save tabs - On exit":
    - Open the Tab menu then tap Reset tabs. Each Tab's view level and sort order should be remembered and not be reset by this action.


    5) Views (file folder list)

    There are many ways to configure the file/folder list views using the "View" and "Sort" buttons which appear in the Tools bar at the bottom (in the default skin and configuration). Here are a few of the more notable functions:

    - "View" button - "Recursive data": When "Recursive data" is enabled (and after a refresh of the view) MiXplorer will calculate and show the quantity of items and storage space uses in sub-folders.

    - "View" button - "Reset defaults": When "Reset defaults" is enabled then pinch zoom settings can be reset to default for each drive independently by going to root of drive, then selecting a view mode (eg "Detailed"). To maintain the different zoom levels disable "Reset defaults".

    - "Pin" an item to top of list: A folder or file can be "Pinned" so it stays at the top of the list view regardless of sort options. To pin/unpin an item: Select it then open menu then select pin/unpin. Similarly, apps in the "Open with" list can be pinned to the top of that list by long pressing the app then tapping "Pin"

    - Create a custom thumbnail: To create a custom thumbnail for a folder (which would be used when "Auto folder preview" is enabled in main settings) put the image you want to use for the thumbnail in the folder and rename it to .preview.

    - Gallery style view for search folders: For the search folders which show all of a certain file type (eg Audio, Document, Image, Video), there is a gallery style view which shows all images of the designated type on the device but grouped in folders by location similar to the way most default gallery apps work. To enable this mode: Tap the "Sort" button then enable "By parent". To show all items in one list without the folders, disable "By parent"

    - App, User App, System App: When viewing contents of the "App" search bookmark, tapping on Location allows choice of App (all), User App, System App. To create a custom bookmark to any of those: Tap the Location in Main Bar, then select desired view (App, User App, or System App) then long press location and "Add to" bookmarks.

    6) "Home" page

    A full page panel containing locations with details, described in more detail here: MiX Nugget - Home Page - https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781209&postcount=1168

    View Customization (more in Skins/Themes)

    Disable Thumbnails (folder specific}: Place image in folder > rename to .nothumbnail
    Custom Folder Icon (folder specific): Place image in folder > rename to .foldericon
    Custom Folder Icon Preview (folder specific): Place image in folder > rename to. preview

    Notes:
    - Some image properties may not function properly. Icons can be optimized here: https://tinypng.com/
    - Some of these may depend on a related setting within the app (eg .preview file and setting "Auto folder preview")



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    LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
    i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION (This post)
    ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
    iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS (Copy Move methods, Trash option)
    iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
    v. MiX NUGGETS (Freestanding Topical Posts)
    vi. THEMES and SKINS
    vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP
    MiX Nugget - Settings Overview: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-82834917
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    iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS

    Search, searching for items: Expanded description of search methods in this post. MiX Nugget - Searching for Files and Folders: https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781351&postcount=1170

    Select a file or folder: Long press anywhere on the file, or tap on the icon at the left side.

    Select multiple files and or folders: Select one file or folder as described above and then select additional items by tapping on the name of each item.

    Select all files and folders in the current view: Tap the "Select all" button in the tools bar, or open overflow menu and tap Select all. Note: the Select all button and the Servers button can be swapped in the Tools Bar via Settings - More Settings.

    Once you have selected any item(s) the Action Bar will appear (temporally replacing the Main Bar) and will show a counter of selected items with their size, and icons for some standard actions with an overflow menu for more actions. The downward pointing arrow now offers options to expand shift or invert the selection.

    There are several ways to to Copy or Move items:

    Task queue Select items, then choose an action (repeat process for multiple jobs), then navigate to destination, then tap Job Queue, then select queued task.

    - Individual pending tasks or all pending tasks can be cleared from the queue.

    - Pending Copy tasks in the queue can be repeated to different destinations.

    Drag & drop: Select some items then long press on that selection and drag. A hovering pop-up will appear indicating how many selected items are being dragged.When the the destination folder becomes highlighted, release the selection and respond to the then a “Drop files” prompt which offers a choice to copy or move the selected items.

    Copy To and Move To: To copy/move files to a folder to be selected during the process; select items, open menu, tap ]Copy To or Move To, navigate to location, tap OK.

    Some long file operations can be paused using the play/pause button in the task status window. Also, from there the task can be canceled or sent to background.

    Delete options. There are several delete methods, the visibility of which may be context sensitive, and MiXplorer has a native "recycle/trash" feature which can be enabled in Settings - More Settings - Undo.

    Normal: Deletes file “normally”. As is the case with file deletions (not Recycle or Trash) in other OS, the deletion is non-reversible but the raw data may persist until incidentally written over by other system activity.

    Trash: Similar to Recycle or Trash bins on desktops. The locations (drives/root paths) where “Trash” functions may very across ROMs and devices. When "Undo" is enabled as described above the following should occur:

    - Deleted items are placed in hidden folders named .recycle at the root of each drive. Don't delete those manually unless you are not using the "Undo" feature.

    - In the main menu there is an item called "Undo" which shows a list of available undo items. Long press on an item in that list to see the specific files that can be restored. Short press to restore that item/group of items.

    - Menu > Undo > "Remove all"; will delete all the .recycle folders and their contents from all drives (if they exist). Also nota bene: only do this if you are sure you wont need to restore anything). Any time you "Trash" something when "Undo" is enabled the .recycle folder for that drive will be recreated. If you've already disabled "Undo" in settings and still have leftover material in the .recycle folders, those folders can be deleted manually (requires "Show hidden")

    - In some cases you may be able to recover items manually from the .recycle folders.

    - If the trash cannot be emptied, try the following: Main Menu > Undo > Remove all, or Settings > More Settings > deselect Undo. As with manually deleting the contents of the trash/recycle folder, make sure you dont need anything from there before doing this.

    Shredder: Destroys files before deleting them. Only available for certain locations. May take longer for larger selections. Deletion by this method is non-reversible and leaves minimal if any recoverable data on the drive.

    Batch Delete: When you try to delete a folder as "Normal", it also takes time to clean up database, removing thumbnails, etc... . You can use "Batch Delete" to remove that folder as fast as possible.



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    [LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
    i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION (This post)
    ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
    iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS (Copy Move methods, Trash option)
    iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
    v. MiX NUGGETS (Freestanding Topical Posts)
    vi. THEMES and SKINS
    vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP
    MiX Nugget - Settings Overview: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-82834917
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    - vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP

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    Bug Reporting:
    Please report bugs in the primary MiXplorer thread here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1523691.

    Bug reports should come from the newest beta version of the app. If you notice a bug in the newest release version then check the newest beta. If it also occurs in the beta then log it from there.

    Bug reports should include. details about your device (Android version, ROM version, Root status, SU method, MiXplorer version) as well as a step by step description of how to reproduce the issue and a log taken while the issue was reproduced.

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    MiXplorer's Built-in Logging:


    Enable MiXplorer logging
    : Settings . More settings . Logging (enable)

    MiXplorer has a native logging feature. If logging is enabled (as it is by default) then the most efficient and the recommended way to do it is the following:

    - After crash or after experiencing issue,
    - Open MiXplorer
    - 3-dots menu
    - Send log.

    If you have disabled logging in the past, or you if are diagnosing more complicated issues or if you will be reviewing the logs yourself before sending. Here is a manual method that some people use:

    - Enable MiXplorer logging.
    - Close MiXplorer.
    - Open MiXplorer.
    - Reproduce the issue.
    - Close MiXplorer.
    - The logs should be in /storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com.mixplorer/cache/log/ (The path may vary slightly depending on ROM).
    - Use alternative file manager (just for this ;)) to get most recent log in folder.
    - If using MiXplorer to get the log manually, then make sure to get the log for the previous MiXplorer session rather than the one for the current session.

    Testing and Logging Notes:

    - Reproduce and log issues in a new session of MiXplorer that was started after logging has been enabled. In other words: Enable logging, then close MiXplorer, then start MiXplorer to reproduce the issue and send the log. A new log is created each time you open MiXplorer. Note: - In some cases it is recommended to test the issue in a clean installation of MiXplorer (after uninstalling MiX then reinstalling it).

    - The MiXplorer log directory will not appear until MiXplorer logging has been enabled at least once since last new installation of MiXplorer. Also, if MiXplorer is uninstalled the log folder will be deleted, so if you are getting logs manually during repeated tests remember to do so before next uninstall.

    - Before sharing logs it is a good practice to review them for information that you don’t want to share, and to delete that information or replace it with an obvious label, eg <thing x deleted>. To each their own about what to delete, but reviewing logs with privacy in mind before sending is prudent.

    - For logging more complex issues, or certain types of FCs where native app logging does not catch the error, a full system log (logcat) may be needed. The app "MatLog" (formerly "CatLog") from Play Store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pluscubed.matlog&hl=en can be used to capture logcats on the device. If an issue is causing reboots then the log might have to be taken from a USB connection on a computer via ADB.

    - When you share the log, also share the following:

    1) Full details of the device including: Android version, ROM version and variant, Root status, SU status, busybox status.
    2) A detailed description about how to reproduce the error when logging so others may try to reproduce it.

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    LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
    i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION (This post)
    ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
    iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS (Copy Move methods, Trash option)
    iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
    v. MiX NUGGETS (Freestanding Topical Posts)
    vi. THEMES and SKINS
    vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP
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    MiX NUGGET INDEX

    Nuggets are freestanding FAQ posts which describe a MiXplorer feature or workaround in enough detail for basic use without having to sift through the sprawling FAQ.

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    Add-ons (simple list):
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82834971&postcount=1182

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    Automated Intents (Tasker etc):

    - COPY with Tasker, Automagic and...:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75389465&postcount=422
    - Turning Servers ON/OFF with Tasker and ... :
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75400602&postcount=424

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    Autotag:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75366938&postcount=420

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    Batch Renaming and Regex:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-71218953

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    Bookmark Advanced Settings:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=80301547&postcount=932
    - SMB shares on other LAN device.
    - FTP servers on other LAN device.
    - Bluetooth folder on other BT connected device running MiX
    - Cloud

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    Date and Time formats:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=76749686&postcount=561
    and
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=76750741&postcount=562

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    Language package (for translators):
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75741128&postcount=469

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    Document Provider: For accessing OTG and or accessing /android/data, /android/media, android/obb, and or accessing locations in Android 13, and in other scenarios.
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85878051

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    Home Page: A full page panel of locations including details about the locations:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781209&postcount=1168

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    Merging Text (txt) files:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75786123&postcount=480

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    Network: Optimizing Network Connections: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-84515405

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    Recycle Bin and Undo: Track and restore or undo deleted files and some file operations.
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-88077515

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    Searching for Files and Folders:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82781351&postcount=1170

    Regex can be used in searches as well as renaming:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308 582/post-71218953

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    SERVERS:

    FTP and HTTP SERVERS and Send-to:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-65157350

    Server Security Settings:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85932885

    FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS; Servers configuration ONLY for older version of MiX:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85896901

    Turning Servers ON/OFF with Tasker: and...:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75400602&postcount=424

    Old Server configuration: [URL]http...ers.com/showpost.php?p=75366970&postcount=421

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    Settings:
    - Settings Overview:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=82834917&postcount=1181

    - Settings (reset):
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=83626647&postcount=1263

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    Storage Analyzer:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85942125

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    Tabs: Save (aka; pin), rearrange, close, clone Tabs:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=75580704&postcount=440
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-75580704

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    Tools: Find Duplicates, Find App Remnants

    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-88077467

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    Troubleshooting:

    Troubleshooting SD card & USB OTG access, and creating Document Providers.: A troubleshooting walk-through document providers and other issues regarding drive and directory access. This post contains many of the other workaround suggested here. https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-87626419

    Set document provider for Android 13 (with some resets):
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-a d-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-87492173

    Reset Root:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-87492173

    Cannot uninstall MiX from within Android OS, try doing do so via ADB:
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-87652917

    Version Compatibility (possibly helpful for some older devices): URL unfurl="false"]https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-84468783[/URL]

    Android-version specific workarounds:. including accessing /android/data on internal and external drives, and /data/data. Applicable primarily to A11 and up but might also be applicable elsewhere.
    https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-85904825

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    Possible additions.

    - App backups.
    - Archive management.
    - Description of available add-ins.
    - MiXplorer Media Viewer usage description
    - MiXplorer text Editor usage description
    - MiXplorer code Editor usage description


    Many things can be learned by exploring the app, most UI elements have a function, long press is your friend.

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    LINKS TO FAQ SECTIONS
    i. INTRODUCTION, GETTING MIXPLORER, & INSTALLATION (This post)
    ii. UI, NAVIGATION, VIEW CONFIGURATION, BOOKMARKS, TABS
    iii. WORKING WITH FILES & FOLDERS (Copy Move methods, Trash option)
    iv. FTP, HTTP, TCP SERVERS
    v. MiX NUGGETS (Freestanding Topical Posts)
    vi. THEMES and SKINS
    vii. BUG REPORTING, TROUBLESHOOTING, AND FAQ WIP
    MiX Nugget - Settings Overview: https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/mixplorer-q-a-and-faq-user-manual.3308582/post-82834917