document list view

The document list view shows files on your device.

document list layout

The document list has the following components:

view tab bar

Along the top is the view tab bar, one tab for each of the views. The current view shows visually as the highlighted tab. Tap a tab to go to the corresponding view.

path bar

Immediately below the view tab bar is the path bar, which shows the folder path leading to the currently listed contents. The button on the left is the Up button . The Up button is enabled if it is possible in the current view to navigate up one level in the file list hierarchy. An example of such a scenario is if you are viewing a list of files in a subfolder. The Up button will be enabled for you to move up to see the list of files in the subfolder's parent folder. If it is not possible to navigate any further up the list hierarchy, then the Up button will be disabled.

document list/file list

The document list or file list occupies the space below the path bar. It lists the files and folders within the current folder. Folders always appear before files.

For each file and folder, the list by default shows four pieces of information for each item, described here:

For the following, the list only shows the icon and name.

For each item, the name shows on one line and the date and size show together on a second line. You can optionally hide the date and size line through the List options.

To open a file, tap its file name. Likewise, to enter a folder, tap its name.

To return to the previous list or to go back up one folder level, tap the Up button.

sort order

Use the Sort By command in the List sub-menu to select a sort order for items in the list. You can sort the current list by any of name, date, or size in either ascending or descending order. The initial sort order is by name in ascending order. To reverse the sort order from ascending to descending or from descending to ascending, select the same sort option again.

Regardless of whether the sort order is ascending or descending, folders in the list always appear before files.


The document list view provides five different views of documents you have installed on your device.
To access a given view, select it from the view tab bar at the top of the document list view.

Recently Opened

The Recently Opened view lists the documents you have opened recently, ordered from most recently opened at the top to least recently opened at the bottom. By default, the list shows only the ten most recently opened documents. To change the number of documents listed, modify the Settings options.


The Updated view lists documents you have previously opened that have been updated since the last time you opened them.


The Categorized view lists documents you have placed into one or more categories. iSilo™ initially creates two top-level categories named Business and Personal.

In addition to being able to select a specific category from the category list, you can also select the [All] listing or the [Uncategorized] listing from the top-level category list. With [All], you get a listing of all categorized documents located anywhere and all uncategorized documents located immediately within any of the favorite folders. With [Uncategorized], you get a listing of all uncategorized documents located immediately within any of the favorite folders.

creating a new category

To create a top-level category, navigate up until the path bar shows [Categories], then tap the Add Category line at the end of the list. In the Add Category dialog, enter into the text field the name of the new category, then tap Add.

To create a sub-category, enter the category in which you want to create the sub-category, then tap the Add Category line at the end of the list. In the Add Category dialog, enter into the text field the name of the new category, then tap Add.

Following are some additional notes about categories:

renaming a category

To rename a category, hold down on the category's name until the context menu appears, then tap Rename Category to get the Rename Category dialog. Edit the name, then tap Rename to accept the change or tap Cancel to not rename the category.

You can not rename a category to that of an existing category at the same level. If you attempt to do so, you get a message informing you that the category already exists.

deleting a category

To delete a category, swipe the category row either from right to left or from left to right. You can then confirm that you want to delete the category by tapping Remove Category or you can tap Cancel to not delete the category.

If the category has sub-categories, all the sub-categories are also deleted. Any files in the deleted categories are removed from the deleted categories.

Note that deleting a category does not delete the files belonging to the deleted category or its sub-categories..

Favorite Folders

The Favorite Folders view provides an easy way to quickly jump to a list of documents in any folder to which you have assigned an alias. iSilo™ initially creates a favorite folder with the alias iSilo to the /Documents/iSilo folder.

To add a favorite folder to the list, press and hold down on the folder until you get the context menu and then select the Favorite Folder Alias command in the menu. This command appears in the menu only if a folder is currently selected.

To determine the path of the folder associated with each alias, or to rename and delete favorite folder aliases, navigate back up in the Favorite Folders view until the path bar shows [Favorite Folders]. Swipe from either end to the other end on a favorite folder entry to remove the corresponding favorite folder alias. To rename a favorite folder alias or to determine the path to which it is associated, hold down on its entry and in the context menu that appears, tap Favorite Folder Alias.

Favorite folder aliases are always sorted lexicographically in the list.


The Device view provides a way to browse through all files of all folders on your device. This view is initialized to show the /Documents/iSilo folder of the device.

file operations

To open a file, tap the file's name.

To delete a file, swipe from left to right or from right to left and then tap Delete to confirm deletion of the file or tap Cancel to not delete the file.

To access additional file operations, press and hold on the file's name to activate the context menu. The context menu has the following commands for files:


The Open command in the File context menu opens the document for viewing.


The Categories command in the File context menu presents the Categories dialog, which you can use to categorize the file into one or more categories. Use the Categorized view to create, rename, and delete categories.

Tap Done to accept changes you have made to the categorization of the file and to return to the document list view.


To place the file in a category, mark the checkbox to the left of the category. You can place a file into any number of categories. In the Categorized view, the file shows in the list only when you go to a category to which the file belongs.

To remove the file from a given category, unmark the checkbox to the left of the category.


Use the Rename command in the File context menu to rename the file. When you do so, iSilo™ presents the Rename File dialog so that you can enter a new name for the file.


Use the Information command in the File context menu to view information about the file in the Information dialog that iSilo™ presents. The dialog shows the file name and folder location at the top. Below those fields are the last modification date and time of the file. Next come the file type and file size fields.


Use the Copy command in the File context menu to copy or move the file to any favorite folder.

In the Copy File dialog, mark the Copy Settings/Categories checkbox to also copy the document settings and categorizations of the document. Mark the Delete Original After Copy checkbox if you want to perform the equivalent of moving the file to the new location.

If you need more flexibility in copying files, you can use a third-party file manager.

folder operations

To enter a folder, tap the folder's name.

For the Favorite Folders view and the Device view, you can create an alias to a folder by pressing and holding down on the folder's name to get the context menu. In the context menu select Favorite Folder Alias. If the folder already has an alias, use the command to edit the alias.

Invoking the command shows the Favorite Folder Alias dialog. The path of the folder shows below the text field. You can not edit the path shown. It is only present to show you the path for the alias. In the text field, modify the alias to your liking, then tap OK to add the alias. In the Favorite Folders view, the alias should appear in the list when you enter the view.


The document list view menu has the following sub-menus:



Use the Options command in the Edit sub-menu to activate the Options panel to set options for the following:
Use the List options to specify settings that affect the document list view display. Here, you can set the following options:
Use the Icons options to specify settings to select which mini-icons to show. The following list describes the mini-icons:
Use the Settings options to specify settings that affect the saving of a document's local settings and the
Recently Opened view.

A document's local settings include the following items:

iSilo™ creates an individual file in the "/Documents/iSilo/Settings" folder of the device for each document's local settings for which it saves. By default, iSilo™ automatically saves the local settings for a document when you close the document.

Each local settings file takes up storage space. Over time, if you have viewed many documents, the cumulative space occupied by the local settings files can add up. So by default, when the amount of space used reaches 1000KB, iSilo™ deletes the oldest settings files (e.g., based on when the local settings were last written) until the space used goes down to about 90% of the limit. You can increase or decrease this limit by changing the Space to Use Limit field.

If you tend to keep a lot of documents around, you may want to increase the limit. If you are low on space and do not care so much about the local settings of documents you have not viewed recently, then you may want to decrease the limit. The actual size of a local settings file currently depends mostly on how many local bookmarks you have created for the document. However, a rough estimate of the size of a typical local settings file might be anywhere from half a kilobyte to one kilobyte. Using this rough estimate, a limit of 1000KB should allow for at least the saving of the local settings for the last 1000 documents you have viewed.

For the Recent File List field, specify how many files you want the Recently Opened view to show.

Delete All

Use Delete All on the Edit sub-menu to delete all files in the currently listed folder.

Delete Special

Use Delete Special on the Edit sub-menu to access the following commands:


Sort By

Use the Sort By command on the List sub-menu to select a sort order.


Use the Show command on the List sub-menu to select what files to display in the document list:


Select Refresh on the List sub-menu to force the document list to rescan for files and update the document list. By default, the document list automatically updates itself when it detects new or deleted files and folders. However, there are situations where this may not happen.


System Information

Use System Information on the Tools sub-menu to activate the System Information dialog so that you can determine the user ID you need to provide in order to obtain a registration code for a document that requires a registration code. The user ID is provided in the User ID field.

About iSilo

Use About iSilo on the Tools sub-menu to see the iSilo™ About dialog.

document types

iSilo™ provides direct support for a set of standard document types and a catchall for textually viewing the content of any other document type, useful for viewing plain text files.

standard document types

catchall document type

You can use iSilo™ to open any other type of file for viewing in text mode. This is generally only useful for files in a plain text format as iSilo presents the content as is. If the format of the content is binary or a mix of text and binary, then you may see gibberish.
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