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Change The Appearance Of Some Filenames In Windows Explorer


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#1 gin0565

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 07:24 PM

I work in the academic department of a business college and I work with a number of excel spreadsheets that contain the marks for students at the college. As I complete the compilation of the marks each term, I want to be able to somehow mark the filenames of these spreadsheets to identify them as being complete without changing the filename. For example, changing the font colour or marking them somehow with a symbol. Is this possible?



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Posted 05 November 2006 - 07:39 PM

You could change the folder icon, or add a picture to the folder.

To add a picture, right click the file.
Select Properties.
Select the Customize tab.
Under Folder pictures, click the Choose Picture... button.
Navigate to an image you want to use, and select it.
This works if you're using Thumbnail view.

To change the icon, right click the file.
Select Properties.
Select the Customize tab.
Under Folder icons, click the Change icon... button.
Select one of the icons present, or click the Browse button, and navigate to the icon you want to use.
This works for all views, except Thumbnail.

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 08:01 PM

Thanks for the reply but this only works for folders not for the actual filenames. I have a folder called 'markbook06' and within that folder are 30 spreadsheets for each subject. I want to be able to change the look of these spreadsheet files in Win Expl to mark them as complete not the folder that holds them.

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 08:12 PM

Ahhhh.
Sorry, but other than changing the filename, and adding complete to the end of it, I don't know what to suggest.
Maybe someone else, will come up with an idea.
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 05:27 AM

I'd suggest compressing the "complete" files. In my case at least, they get turned blue. As long as you do not compress files often then this would be a good indicator that it is special. (not to mention that compressing saves disk space)

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Posted 06 November 2006 - 06:30 AM

Yeah compression would be a good way of telling other than that you could use a detailed view and sort by Last modified. this will show ones that have edited and ones that have not. The other way would be to use a Completed sub folder and file all of the completed files in the subfolder with the same file name.
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Posted 06 November 2006 - 08:10 AM

I've used conditional formatting in the past - and tied it to the current date to change the colors. Could this be of any use?
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