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Windows 7: sort 'like a library' in windows explorer (omit 'The ' and 'A ')

11 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & x32, Windows 98 (VM)
 
 
sort 'like a library' in windows explorer (omit 'The ' and 'A ')

is there a way to sort 'like a library' in windows explorer (omit 'The ' and 'A ' from file names)? i.e.
i have the files (sorted as windows would normally do with sort by name):

A File 4.ext
A File 2.ext
File 3.ext
File 7.ext
The File 1.ext
The File 5.ext
The File 6.ext
The File 8.ext
The File 9.ext
...

and i want:

The File 1.ext
A File 2.ext
File 3.ext
A File 4.ext
The File 5.ext
The File 6.ext
File 7.ext
The File 8.ext
The File 9.ext

i do not want to rename my files like this:

File 1, The.ext
File 2, A.ext
File 3.ext
File 4, A.ext
File 5, The.ext
File 6, The.ext
File 7.ext
File 8, The.ext
File 9, The.ext

or this:

File 1.ext
File 2.ext
File 3.ext
File 4.ext
File 5.ext
File 6.ext
File 7.ext
File 8.ext
File 9.ext

please note the file name formats are actually 'The Film.avi' or 'The TV Show SXXEYY.mp4' (where XX is the Series andY Y is the Epesode as a double digit numbers)

if there is anyway to do this or a 3rd party program that will work with network sharing (my files are not on the local machine but a file server running windows 7)

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16 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)
 
 

May I ask you why are you trying to avoid renaming them? Are you seeding them?

There are good free batch renaming software (like Rename Master) out there.
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17 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & x32, Windows 98 (VM)
 
 

its my media library i don't want to remove all the 'the 's as i want to have the actual title as the file name and i don't want to change it to ', the.ext' as it looks tacky (as i have show file extensions turned on, and no its not getting turned off) is it possible to use an other field such as 'title' or 'subtitle' (in the details section of file properties) and 'order by' that?

oh and if so would i be able to read/'rename' that field with a batch file for automated editing?

the batch file should look something like this

//psudocode

//look for first file
file = first file;
loop{ //batch equivalent of of substring is %var:~start,length i think
if (file:filename begins 'The ') {file:title
= substring-after(file:filename ' '); //:~start 0,length 4
append (
file:title", The");} //no idea how to do this in batch
else if (file:filename begins 'A ') {file:title = substring-after(file:filename ' '); //:~start 0,length 2
append (file:title", A");}
else if (file:filename begins 'An ') {file:title = substring-after(file:filename ' '); //:~start 0,length 3
append (file:title", An");}
if (next file exists) {file = next file}
else {end}}

ps
oh and the reason i cant just use winamp is the files re on the network not the local machine
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