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Renaming files to change the sort position

Q: Renaming files to change the sort position

I have a bunch of shortcuts on my desktop which I would like to sort by category.

I could open a folder for each category, but then I would end up with a bunch of folders which will partially defeat my purpose of cleaning my desktop.

On my old Mac, I was able to sort the files by putting one or more characters at the beginning of the name and the shortcut for that file would appear at the top of the list. One character was the "space" but Windows does not appear to allow this character at the beginning of a just erases it.

Does anybody know where I can get a list of allowed characters?

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A:Taskbar, change default position/

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This is how you do it,

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I might have misunderstood your issue......
Will the following way help ?

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If you have a restore point going back to July 15 or earlier you could see if that will correct the problem.

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Are the files located on a separate drive?
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A:Renaming Files

Quote: Originally Posted by AlexRD

Ok, so there are two options: You can either make windows show file extensions like file.exe, or you can have it hide known extensions, like file . What bothers me, is why isn't there an option that hides everything but click to rename it, the extension shows up?

Is this possible?


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Just my opinion..

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You can't unless you rename them individually. The Explorer will always append a number to your name when you rename several in one strike.
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A:Renaming files

If this is a common thing for you, might I suggest a completely different approach.
Introduction - Bulk Rename Utility
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A:Renaming files

Try this.
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Try going here and downloading and running this scan see if it fixes it the problem -- If not, tell me... I'll try looking into it too.
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A:Renaming files

Best freeware I have found so far,
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BLOCK "StringFileInfo"
BLOCK "040904B0"
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VALUE "ProductVersion", ""
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A:Naming/Renaming files.

double click or goto My Computer (AKA enter windows Explorer.)

goto Tools > Folder Options > View (Tab)

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make sure that box is CHECKED.

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rename *.* *.*.jpg
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See answer by Kari.
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A:Stop WMP 11 From Renaming My Files

patetc said:

I want to update my music files with album info and art but everytime I do this, WMP also renames my files. I have them the way I like and do not want them renamed in any way.

Under Retrieve Information frm the Internet I have checked "only add missing information". Is this all I need to make sure the files don't get changed?

PatClick to expand...

That is the way I have mine. Nothing should get moved or renamed if all you have checked is that one box.
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A:problems renaming files

You can try doing it from a command prompt. If the file names are very long (>255), then you masy have better luck using the "command" console rather than the "cmd" one. Rename the files first with old 8.3 DOS names and then rename them from within Windows.

Start by going to Start > Run, and typing:
cmd <Enter>

Navigate to the folder where the files are and use the "ren" command to rename them.

If that doesn't work, try using "command" instead of "cmd" in the Run box.
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A:Excell Files are renaming themselves

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A:Renaming folders and files.

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A:Locating and renaming files

Your folders are too deep for windows to handle correctly. I saw the same problem that was created by an end user on my windows 2003 file server. How'd you pull off mucking up your folder hiearchy like that? I would like to know because I can't even duplicate what some of you users are doing. It's actually amusing and befuddling at the same time.
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I always use a renaming utility like this one cause Windows 7 won't do that with it's native renaming utility:

Introduction - Bulk Rename Utility
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Do you still need this solved. I think I can put something together for you.
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A:Renaming Files - any way to include the extension

Originally Posted by MarkAgnum

This is probably small to most people and maybe many prefer it now, but when manually renaming a file the extension is not highlighted forcing me to have to perform a second manual operation to highlight the whole filename.

It is the 'rename' function but I use it to copy and paste the entire file name. Like I said it is probably a minor thing to most, but I do this many, many times a day so if there was anyway to have this function behave like it did in all previous Windows versions I would like to know how to do that.

Thank You,
Mark Agnum

Hi Mark,

Youe need to have the show file extions in the Folder Options checked to see the extensions.

Here's how:
1. open Folder Options (Control Panel or Tools in a Explorer(not IE7) window)
2. click on View tab
3. Uncheck Hide extentions for know file types
4. click OK to apply

Hope this helps,
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