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Windows 7: Have copied files named "Copy of" instead of "- Copy" (aka XP style)

17 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Have copied files named "Copy of" instead of "- Copy" (aka XP style)

G'day everyone

How can I get Windows 7 to name copied files using the scheme "Copy of" (used in Windows XP and earlier) instead of the default scheme "- Copy", whenever a file is copied to the same directory as the original file?

In other words, if you copy a file named "Foo.txt" in a directory to the same directory, Windows XP would have named that file "Copy of Foo.txt", but Windows 7 names the file "Foo - Copy.txt". I want the copy to be named "Copy of Foo.txt".

There are several reasons why I prefer the XP style file name:

1. It is familiar :-)

2. I have existing files that use the XP style file names, and I want all my file copies to use the same naming scheme. I guess I can do a massive file rename across all my backups, but that would solve only one of my problems.

3. Most of my folders are sorted by name, and using XP style would sort all copies together. On other forums it has been suggested that one can simply sort by date (to get the copies sorted together), but that advice assumes that all copies are created after all other files are created, which is actually not often the case.

4. I often work with long file names, which means that the end of the file name is often obscured, unless I have wide windows (not always possible) and use lots of horizontal scrolling every time I want to select a file. Hovering over a file to get its full name is a cumbersome solution.

5. On other forums some have given the advice to always make copies in subfolders, but I often make copies or copies of copies while I work (it allows me to roll back or to check earlier versions of a file quickly, during my work), and using subfolders would slow me down tremendously (not to mention confuse me).

So, does anyone know how to do this?

I know that when TeraCopy is made the copy handler, it renames files in a different way than Windows 7 does, though unfortunately not the way Windows XP did it. Also, if one installs a third-party directory program such as Opus, it asks for a file name every time a copy is made, but I need something that simply names the file correctly immediately.



A previous thread partially on this issue: Filename append with number on copy to same folder?

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17 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

I found one partial solution (fairly good):

With Supercopier, use Ctrl + click/drag to copy files.

SuperCopier Website

In Supercopier's Confuguration settings, go to "Copies & moves behaviour", and in "Old file renaming pattern" type "<full>" and in "New file renaming pattern" type "Copy of <full>".

If you use just right-click and drag to make file copies, the context menu will give you the option to use Supercopier, but the default option is Windows' own copying.

However, if you use Ctrl + click/drag, it uses Supercopier to copy, and the copy is named according to your preference. If a file is copied using Ctrl + click/drag to another directory, the renaming pattern is not used -- the customised renaming is used only on files copied to the same directory.
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04 Aug 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by leuce View Post
I found one partial solution (fairly good):
With Supercopier, use Ctrl + click/drag to copy files.
SuperCopier Website
Shortly after I posted this URL, the web site of SuperCopier was taken over by the creator of UltraCopier, who (it would seem) have had good intentions to develop SuperCopier further into something called SuperCopier Ultimate. However, neither UltraCopier nor SuperCopier Ultimate has the functionality that this thread is about. Also, I have discovered that there is a version 3 out there on the net, which doesn't work too well either. The version of SuperCopier that works best for me is SuperCopier 2.2 Beta. Google for it.
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