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  • Emaroo 4 – Custom Actions on Overdrive!

    Emaroo is a free utility for browsing most recently used (MRU) file lists of programs like Visual Studio, VS Code, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Illustrator and more. Quickly open files, jump to their folder in Windows Explorer, copy them (and their path) to the clipboard - or run your own tools on files and folders with custom actions!

    • Download Emaroo on
    • Get ready-to-use custom actions on GitHub, e.g.
      • Open a Visual Studio project/solution in a specific version of Visual Studio
      • Open the Visual Studio developer command line
      • Open a file or folder in Visual Studio Code
      • Open a folder in Git Bash or Git GUI
      • Attach a file to a new email in Outlook
    • Learn how to write your own custom actions in a quick step-by-step guide.

    About this Release

    Version 4 of Emaroo is here, with major improvements for custom actions:

    • New dialog for editing custom actions.
    • New debug dialog for previewing how text macros are expanded before executing a custom action.
    • New clipboard format for quickly sharing custom actions.
    • New macros for more portable custom actions.
    • Tooltips for your custom actions.

    Read the full release notes on the Emaroo website.

    The New Clipboard Format for Sharing Custom Actions

    When you copy a custom action on the settings tab…


    …Emaroo places a text on the clipboard that looks something like this:


    You can then paste the custom action into a mail or chat window, post it on your website, Facebook etc. to share it with others.

    The text format does not use characters that have to be escaped e.g. when inserting the text into HTML. You can also add or remove spaces or linebreaks as long as you keep the “§§” at the start and the end.

    File-based Sharing of Custom Actions

    Emaroo still does (and will continue to) support import from/export to JSON files (“*.action.json”) for version control and backup purposes – it’s always good to have the source Winking smile.