Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    20
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    How do I get a File Extension sort column in Windows Explorer?

    In Windows 8, I can have file extensions as a separate column. (The column shows the "File extension" in it's own column without the wordiness of the "File Type" column.)

    I would like to get that specific column in my Windows 7, probably with "Hide extensions for known file types" box checked, which option just widens the file name column.

    My goal is to identify my files by their first 5,6,7 or 8 letters (not the whole filename.ext), and the extension type, by it's own sortable column.

    Last time I posted this, I was not clear and got all kinds of advice how to un"Hide extension for known.." and How to enable "File Type" column. OK. Thanks. I got that. Sorry, don't need it, now. (Didn't need it then, but clarity of thought and writing should help. I hope I'm clearer, now.)

    I want something different from what was understood on that post. I don't know if some registry setting got changed on my computer, or, if Windows 7 just flat out can't have the "File Extension" column like Vista had and Windows 8 has.


    --If I were lucky enough to get that far, I'd like to figure out how to shorten the width of the File Extension to about 5 characters. Windows 8 wants to display most of the label (about 8 characters wide), instead of a lesser minimum default width.

    I hope to get all the info relevant to me in the narrowest Windows Explorer window with near-minimal (characters) -- file name(10), date/time(12), extension(5), size(8-10). That all presupposes a font that I can read -- typically like and Arial 8,9, or 10.

    Thanks for any and all input!

  2. #2
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Portugal
    Posts
    12,519
    Thanks
    152
    Thanked 1,397 Times in 1,220 Posts
    You can add a type column in Windows 7, but the width can only be set visually, by dragging the border of the column to the left or the right. To get a type column, right click over the header in the right page of Windows explorer (near the name header, if you want) and check the Type option in the popup menu.
    Rui
    -------
    R4

  3. #3
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    20
    Thanks
    6
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Thanks.

    That gets me part way there. I can also right-click in the headers, click "More," highlight a column (i.e. "Type") and set the width in pixels, but if I take it down too much, that setting truncates all the Microsoft Yada files (Doc, Docx, Excel, PowerPoint, etc....)

    I'm hoping for a registry edit, add-in, or something similar to get me to the actual extension letters .

  4. #4
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Portugal
    Posts
    12,519
    Thanks
    152
    Thanked 1,397 Times in 1,220 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Partenope View Post
    Thanks.

    That gets me part way there. I can also right-click in the headers, click "More," highlight a column (i.e. "Type") and set the width in pixels, but if I take it down too much, that setting truncates all the Microsoft Yada files (Doc, Docx, Excel, PowerPoint, etc....)

    I'm hoping for a registry edit, add-in, or something similar to get me to the actual extension letters .
    I am not aware of such a registry key, but then I am not a registry expert.
    Rui
    -------
    R4

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •