Do folder names have extensions?

The Answer?

The answer is an unqualified ‘Yes’ but it is certainly easy and understandable to think otherwise.

Actually folder names follow the same naming conventions as regular files and can have extensions. The official Windows File System spec puts it this way, everything after the last dot is an extension. $RECYCLE.BIN being one of the most common examples:

$Recycle Bin

However it is easy to think that folders don’t have extensions for two reasons:

1) Most folders don’t have extensions (or a dot (.) in their names)

2) Windows explorer defaults to displaying folder names (and filenames) as one unit so that the extensions aren’t highlighted.

Show the folder name as in Windows Explorer

This second point can be easily emulated in FileBoss.

Right-click over a column header and set up the small menu as shown below. Be sure to click the   button before exiting. (You may have to do this twice, once in a normal explore tab and once in a Search Results (Virtual Folder) tab.

I hope this helps If not or if there is anything else I can do for you please don’t hesitate to ask.

Dexter

Dexter@TheUtilityFactory.com

 

 

 

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Separating Multiple Paths and Patterns

Graphic showing Example of Multiple Paths and PatternsPart of FileBoss’s power comes from being able to enter multiple paths and multiple file patterns into command fields allowing, for instance, a set of files to be copied to multiple folders at one time or to include or exclude a series of file patterns.

This short post will explain how to separate those paths and patterns along with how and why to change the default characters. Read more ›

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How to Copy to Multiple Destinations – Part 2

More ways to copy
There are several ways to copy one or more files and folders to multiple destinations.In this post explain how to do it using by simply entering multiple target folders into the destination(s) field of most copy routines.In Copy to Multiple Destinations – Part 1 I show how to do this using Dynamic Virtual Folders to hold the destination folders.

Adding Multiple Folders to the Destination(s) Field

Destinations Field of Copy Dialogs Read more ›

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How to Copy to Multiple Destinations – Part 1

More ways to copy
There are several ways to copy one or more files and folders to multiple destinations.In this post explain how to do this using Dynamic Virtual Folders to hold the destination folders .In Copy to Multiple Destinations – Part 2 I show how to do this it by simply entering multiple target folders into the destination(s) field of most copy routines.

Using Virtual Folders for Multiple Destination(s)

The Simple Steps Are

  1. Create a Dynamic Virtual Folder and populate with the target folders.
  2. Select the files and folders to be copied and copy them to the clipboard (Ctrl+C).
  3. In the DVR created in step 1 select the folders to which you want to distribute the files.
  4. Use the Copy to Selected Folders… command to complete the action.

One way to think of this process is that you are pasting the copied files into multiple folders at one time. Read more ›

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Long Filenames – How Long is Too Long

A quick plug to help pay the bills. To see how FileBoss can help you find long path names on your system and what to do with them see Finding Long Filenames and Paths.


m-find-long-filenamesThere is a lot of confusion and much speculation on the Internet as to what constitutes a filename or path that is too long for Microsoft Windows. 256? 260? 259? 32,000+? 180? 247? 248? The confusion is understandable since all those – and more – are correct and they are wrong and they are sometimes correct and wrong at the same time. Read more ›

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Online Help Integrated into Main Website

The online help section of www.TheUtilityFactory.com held the same contents as the help file that comes with FileBoss.

It has now been folded into the main website where there are nearly 200 web pages that explain how to accomplish most any task you may have. The elimination of the web help section is part of a reorganization of the website that will allow new online help the will include videos and dynamic content.

Naturally the help file that is part of the FileBoss installation package is (and will continue to be) available through FileBoss’s Help menu. And if you need to have the help file separately it can downloaded by clicking www.TheUtilityFactory.com/FileBossHelpFile.

And of course all of the file management tools are listed at www.TheUtilityFactory.com/Tools.

Dexter

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Admin Shares come to FileBoss

(Note: this post applies to features in version 2.6 and later. Version 2.6 will be released in January 2013.)

072911_1714_AdminShares2.pngStarting with FileBoss version 2.6 FileBoss not only recognizes administrative shares when they are typed into the command bar but will also display them in the folder list on the left and in the contents view on the right. And of course they can be used as targets of any copy operation. Read more ›

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Increment Numbers in File Names

072911_2300_Incrementfi1.pngFrom a recent question to support:

How do I rename two thousand files that are numbered p_0098.dat, p_0099.dat….p_2098.dat so that all the numbers are incremented by 1,000. I tried but an error kept popping up saying that the file could not be renamed because a file by that name already exists.

This one is easy though it may not be immediately obvious. Read more ›

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Blog Started

This blog for The Utility Factory is just starting at the end July 2012. While we have made it publicly accessible immediately we are still feeling our way as to design and organization and will continue to do so for the next few weeks, so you may see visual changes between one visit and the next. But we hope that no matter how the visual elements change you will find the information here useful. Read more ›

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