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Windows 7: Make Explorer stop at punctuation when Ctrl+Left/Right Arrowing?

23 Feb 2017   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Make Explorer stop at punctuation when Ctrl+Left/Right Arrowing?

For example, consider a file named 2017.02.23 - Tokyo.Vacation.Hotel.jpg. You want to rename the file, so you press F2 or double-click it slowly. The caret will default to a position just before the extension. Now, in any sensible program, including in other parts of Windows (e.g. start menu search field) and Linux and most other programs, pressing Ctrl+Leftarrow or Ctrl+Rightarrow ought to treat the punctuation the same way it treats spaces: stop the caret. So pressing Ctrl+Leftarrow ought to move the caret to the period just before "Hotel". Instead, Explorer skips to the left of "Tokyo", as if "Tokyo.Vacation.Hotel" was all one word.

But it gets even weirder: pressing Ctrl+Leftarrow a second time doesn't move to the the start of the filename (as you would expect it to do if it ignores the hyphen and the periods between the dates), instead it moves to the left of the hyphen!

So not only does it do something stupid (ignore the periods) it is inconsistently stupid because sometimes it doesn't ignore the punctuation (as with the hyphen).

TL;DR: I want Explorer to stop being ridiculous and start treating periods and other punctuation as a caret stop point.

Yeah, it's a minor grievance, but when you use the computer as much as I do and do as much file renaming as I do, it grates on you after a while.


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24 Feb 2017   #2

Win7 pro x64

The tab stops are the spaces and everything else is ignored. If tab stops are customizeable, that would be news to me.

If you do a lot of renaming, maybe its worth spending 20 minutes to download and try out some popular freeware for file renaming. Here's a few links...

Fast File Renamer
Advanced Renamer - Free and fast batch rename utility for files and folders
Introduction - Bulk Rename Utility
File Renamer - Rename Files - File Renamer Deluxe - Sherrod Computers
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Feb 2017   #3

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.2 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit

You could use a different file manager.

I use FreeCommander XE when I need to do anything other than basic file management.
It includes a mass rename tool.
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