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Windows 7: Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"

31 Aug 2011   #1
dcampbe1

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"

The "Ext" column on windows explorer is AWOL. There is a "Type" column but it shows all extensions for a common file type association.

I want to sort, for example, all of JPG's, exclusive of other extensions such as GIF, BMP, etc.

The Type column doesn't distinguish between the various extensions common to the same association.

I did find an XP work-around that seems to add a column for Ext but doesn't seem to apply to Win-7.

Does anyone know how to achieve a similar thing in Win-7?


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31 Aug 2011   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Dcampbe1, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could use the View -> Group by -> Type option in Windows Explorer to sort them by file extention type.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ort-stack.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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31 Aug 2011   #3
dcampbe1

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the response, but that doesn't do it either. I will says it's closer than I've gotten so far. I followed your example, which I hadn't tried before on a directory of pictures. I grouped them by type which did group them -- sort of.

The HTML group contains HTML but also HTM. The VuePrint (my viewer) group contained gif, tif and jpg all scrambled together. There were no corresponding groups for those thee extensions.

My point is, there are extensions, i.e., htm, hta, html, & shtml, all of which are unique. Then there are types, Chrome html Documents, & VuePrint. The type refer to the associated Windows groups and extension refers to what's behind the last period of the file name.

Windows Explorer has some 250 column headers including Attributes, Comments, and Gender. Why not Ext? I would like to be able to click on the Ext column (for file extensions and NOT file types) and have it sorted so that all of the hta's are grouped together, htm's in another group and one for just html. That would put all my gif's together separate from the group of jpg's.

Since someone went to the trouble of writing a work-around to create an Ext column header for XP, it would seem reasonable that by now someone would have done the same for Vista/Win-7.

It is, after all, just as reasonable to expect an accurate and correct sorting of file extensions as for file names, or of gender for that matter.
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31 Aug 2011   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Is this in a library folder or a regular folder in Windows Explorer.

This is how my pictures folder looks with View -> Group by -> Type and View -> Sort by -> Name. Does your's look like this with all extensions separated? It doesn't matter if you use details or icon view.

Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"-1.jpgWindows Explorer Column, "Ext"-2.jpg


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31 Aug 2011   #5
dcampbe1

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Yes, that's the way mine look for all file extensions that are associated with unique type's. That is you have different file type associations for each of your extensions.

I have multiple extensions associated to each file type. Some of them do sort out into individual extensions, but other multiple extensions get grouped (and scrambled) into one file type.

It all boils down to the fact there's not a simple "Ext" column. Directory Opus has it, but then that's not Microsoft.

Here are screen shots showing what I'm getting by grouping by type and sorting by name. There were nine pages but I was allowed only five. If necessary, I'll upload the last four in another post. Let me know if these four suffice.


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Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"-ps19592.jpg   Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"-ps19593.jpg   Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"-ps19594.jpg   Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"-ps19595.jpg   Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"-ps19596.jpg  

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31 Aug 2011   #6
dcampbe1

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I decided to send the last four too to show that those extensions that were grouped under VuePro didn't show up elsewhere.

I fail to understand why so many column headers are available for Windows Explorer, some important and some not very. But Ext, not Type is vital if you want to keep all extensions sorted -- regardless of their association to file types.


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Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"-ps19597.jpg   Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"-ps19598.jpg   Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"-ps19599.jpg   Windows Explorer Column, "Ext"-ps19600.jpg  
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31 Aug 2011   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm not sure that there's anything you could do for the VuePro ones though.
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01 Sep 2011   #8
dcampbe1

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

That would sure seem to be the case. The thing that got me going on this in the first place was when my son was trying to isolate html files to the exclusion of htm, hta, etc. That's when we discovered that windows explorer couldn't sort on extension such as exclusively html, but only by type which didn't work.

Before putting this issue to bed, I tried your suggestion of sort by name, group by type on a search of html. BTW, the search has the same weakness, in that it can only search by type and not be extension. The results prove that the problem is not just Vuepro, but a more systemic one that is best solved by simply adding an Extension column header to Windows Explorer or some work-around that would effect the same thing.

Here're the results of that HTML listing:


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01 Sep 2011   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Strange, you should be able to search using *.htm just as well.

You might give the free program Explorer++ a try to see if you might like it better over Windows Explorer.
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01 Sep 2011   #10
dcampbe1

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Actually, it doesn't matter whether you search for htm or html, both results are the same.

This entire thread was based on my desire to find a fix for Windows 7 Windows Explorer. Because this forum is such a great source of problem solving for Windows 7 users, I was pretty confident that someone in the world had come up with a work-around, fix, patch or other Window Explorer solution.

As I said before, I have and use Directory Opus and love it. I personally use it virtually exclusively. Since I assist a lot of people with their problems though, including my son with his "can't isolate html files" problem, I set out to find a fix for the basic WE, not another program replacement.

One reason I had such high hopes was because someone had already created a mod for XP that gave WE an Ext column. See XRayz Software.

Please put this on your BOLO list of needed fixes. Thanks for all your time and effort.
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