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B1 Archiver for Android Settings Guide

January 17, 2014

Recently we’ve received a couple of messages on our support email, where our freshmen users ask us how to use B1 Free Archiver. Though it’s as easy as pie we still decided to make this small tutorial and guide you through some B1 Free Archiver settings. Be sure that after figuring them out you’ll become a real B1 Free Archiver pro! The Settings are available from the action overflow menu.

1. Sort settings


It is always easier to work with your files when they are neatly organized. The “Sort by” option will help you with it. Tap it to select the sorting parameter. Note that in every option the bottom line describes the current setting.



The files can be sort either by Name, Size or Last modification.



The files will be sorted in descending order (A -> Z, for example), but if you want to change that simply select “In ascending order” option. Now it will be like Z->A.


2. Advanced features


- Exclude from media scan


Your device folders and SD card may be cluttered with album art, icons and other multimedia that you don’t want as part of your gallery. If you want to make these apps skip unneeded folders, you can always use the “Exclude from media scan” option.



This will add an item “Exclude from media scan” in the action overflow menu. By tapping it you will create a “.nomedia” file inside the folder. It will prompt the media scan to skip this folder.



In case you want media scan to check this folder, simply tap “Include in media scan” item from the menu. Another method is to delete the “.nomedia” file manually, but this file is hidden and, unless you have enabled the corresponding option, you won’t be able to do so.



- Display hidden files



Any file on Android which starts with “.” (point) is hidden, so you won’t see it unless a specific function is activated inside the app. “Display hidden files” does exactly what it says. Enable it and you will see all the files on your device.


- Show alternative actions



If you have several apps on your device that are associated with the same file format (for example, apps for image editing) you can add their features to the file context menu. By enabling “Show alternative actions” option additional items from such apps shall appear.






In case you often work with the same file or folder it would be useful to keep it at hand so that you wouldn’t need to browse through all the content on your device. The Bookmark feature was made exactly for this. Long tap the file/folder you need and select “Add to bookmarks”.



These bookmarks will be available from the action overflow menu. You can understand what kind of a file is bookmarked by looking at its extension. In case the file has none, it means it is a folder.



But when you don’t need some or all of these bookmarks anymore, you can easily delete them with the “Manage bookmarks” option in the Settings. Check the unneeded bookmarks and tap the “Delete” button.



That’s it! If you have any questions we are always willing to answer and assist you with B1 Free Archiver.