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File List Manager is a tool for easy automation of common encryption tasks. If you need to protect periodically the same set of files (like to encrypt website) , you can add them to an encryption file list. Then you can encrypt all files in the list with a few clicks!
You can specify a different set of protection options for each file in the list.
All options available in the main HTML Guardian window can be set from the File List Manager for each file individually (with a few exceptions ).

To open the File List Manager, click 'File List Manager' under the 'Tools' menu, or press Ctrl + L.
If you are creating a new list, select a Default Save Location first from the four available options. This is only for convenience, the folder and the filename for saving each file can be changed later.
Default Save Location options are:

- Same folder, same name - encrypted file will overwrite the original file. Use this option only if you have backups of the original files. This option may be useful if you want to encrypt web site - create a copy of the entire site and encrypt it. Always make sure you have all the original files backed up.

- Same folder, add ... to the filename - will change the filename of the encrypted file. If for example you enter _E in the box, the encrypted version of index.htm will be saved as index_E.htm in the same folder.

- ... subfolder of the file folder - will create a subfolder with the specified name in the folder of the original file and will save the encrypted file there, with the same filename. If for example you enter Encrypted in the box, the encrypted version of C:\Test\index.htm will be saved as C:\Test\Encrypted\index.htm

- Put all encrypted files from this list in one folder - checking this option will open a standard 'Select Folder' dialog. All encrypted files will be saved in the selected folder with the same filenames.

Click the Add File(s) button to add (new) files to the list.
Hold down Ctrl or Shift keys to add multiple files at once.
New files are added at the top of the list.
After adding one or more files, you can change the Default Save Location option - new files will be then added to the list using the new Default Save Location specified.
When you add all the files you want to the list, you can change the Save Location and the protection options for each file by double clicking the appropriate cell.
When ready, save the list. Lists are saved with .hgl extension. If you want to encrypt website, we recommend to create a separate file list for each one. Don't encrypt several web sites from one list (although this is technically possible).

If you can't see the whole text in some cell, just click it once - the full text will be displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the File List Manager window.

To open an existing file list for editing and/or encryption, click the Open List button.
To remove a file from the list, select it (click once inside any cell from the same row) and click the Remove File button.

Options not supported in the File List Manager :

Only compress code and Disable Syntax check options are not supported (almost all HTML Guardian syntax checkers and code validation tools are disabled when a file list is encrypted - so in case of a problem with some file, encrypt & test it individually).
Scramble Non-ASCII characters option can't be set for each file individually. It is possible to use it, but for all files in the list. To do this, minimize the File List Manager window and check the 'Scramble Non-ASCII' characters box in the main HTML Guardian window, then restore the File List Manager window and click the Encrypt List button. This setting is not stored in the file lists - you need to check this box each time before encrypting a file list if you want to use this option.

All other options are fully supported. You can add files containing partial encryption tags to the file lists as well.

Some important notes :

- all the settings specified in the currently loaded profile will be applied to the files in the list, except those specified in the Default Settings tab. If no profile is loaded, the default HTML Guardian settings will be applied for all the options that can't be configured from the File List Manager.

- if the destination file (in the 'Save Encrypted File As' column) exists, it will be overwritten without prompt.

- almost all HTML Guardian syntax checkers and code validation tools are disabled when a file list is encrypted. If you encrypt website and have problems with some encrypted file, encrypt the original file again individually, not from the file list.

- File List Manager does not validate the settings you enter, it will accept any setting for each file type. However all restrictions are valid when files from the list are encrypted, which means some protection options may not be applied for some files even if they are specified in the file list. For example no 'Disable Right click' or 'Disable Text selection' protection will be added to frameset files, even if they are specified in the file list.

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