To download files from a remote folder to a local folder or upload files
to a remote system:
Connect to the remote system from/to which you wish to copy files.
Click on a drive or folder to expand the view and see the (sub)folders
on this drive/folder. Click again on a folder name to navigate deeper into
your file system so that you can see the destination folder.
Select the name of the folder to which you wish to transfer the files.
Check that you have selected the correct transfer mode, please refer to
the section “”.
Select the file(s) you want to copy and click on the Download/Upload button
in the toolbar (File, Download File(s) or File, Upload File(s)) or use
drag and drop.
By default, FTP Client protects you from copying the wrong files, and from
overwriting existing files, by asking for confirmation before all operations.
You can choose to work without confirmation by disabling Confirmations
using the Settings menu, see “” later in this chapter.
Before transferring files always stop to think whether these files need
to be transferred in binary or ASCII format. To choose the transfer mode,
click on ASCII or Binary in the toolbar (Settings, ASCII Transfer or Settings,
Binary Transfer). On the Settings menu, a check mark will appear next to
your selection. Also, the toolbar button for the currently selected transfer
mode will be unavailable. For more details, please refer to the section
If you are downloading files to your machine, and you have not selected
a destination folder using the mouse, the Download Selected Files into
Local Drive dialog box displays for you to select a destination folder
from the drop-down list box. The list shows the current working folder
on each local drive, which is determined by the folder that is current
for the drive in the upper tree. After selecting a destination folder,
click on Download. The files are copied to the selected folder.
If you are uploading files to a remote system, and you have not selected
a destination folder using the mouse, then the Upload Selected Files to
a Remote Host dialog box displays for you to select a host name or IP address
from the drop-down list box. After selecting a destination folder, click
on Upload. The files are copied to the current working folder on the selected
The Use of Wildcards
If you wish to download or upload a group of files whose names match a
certain pattern, you can use wildcards. A wildcard is a character that
means “any character(s) you like.” The asterisk character (*) is the multiple-character
wildcard and the question mark (?) is the single-character wildcard.
To define a wildcard filter:
Choose Options on the View menu. Notice that the Upper Tree page is displayed
If the filter is for the lower pane, click on the Lower Tree tab. (If you
are working with just one tree, Upper Tree is the appropriate page.)
Enable Display Partial and enter the wildcard filter required in the Wildcard(s)
for partial display text box. For example, your entry could read *.doc
*.mar. In this case, when you click on Set, only files whose file name
extension is DOC or MAR will appear in the file list in the right pane.
If you specify multiple wildcard filters in a View Options property page,
they must be separated by one space.
When your file list shows the required files, you can click on the Download/Upload
button in the toolbar (File, Download File(s) or File, Upload File(s)).
The Selection of Individual Files or Ranges
To transfer individually selected files from a given folder, click on each
file that you wish to copy. You can select a range of files by clicking
on the first file, then holding down the Shift key and clicking on the
last file. You can select nonadjacent files in the same folder by clicking
on the first file, then holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on each
additional file. When you have selected files, click on either the Download
button in the toolbar (File, Download File(s)) for copying from remote
to local, or the Upload button in the toolbar (File, Upload File(s)) if
you are copying from local to remote. Or, with all the files that you wish
to transfer selected, keep the mouse button pressed and drag the document-shaped
cursor to the destination folder.
The Transfer Status
For any transfer in progress, the central area of the status bar changes
color gradually to show the proportion of the file or files that has already
While the transfer is in progress, you may carry on using other applications.
The program window may be minimized or you may bring up other programs
on top of it without disturbing the transmission.
Refreshing File Lists
When you are downloading and uploading files, the contents of the folders
displayed in the Distinct FTP Client main window are likely to change.
To refresh the file list for the current folder in a tree, click on the
folder name in the left side of the window.