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    Copy Multiple Modified Files (XP Pro SP2)

    Hello,

    Our company produces multiple software products. Each product has different files but also has the same Troubleshooting Manual (a PDF file). I have all products arranged in a hierarchy inside My Documents.

    I have just modified the Troubleshooting Manual. How can I easily copy a copy of this new file into each of the 241 folders where the old file exists? The new file is called Troubleshooting Manual.pdf. In some products it is replacing Troubleshooting Manual.pdf, but in other products it is replacing Troubleshooting.pdf. I have not figured out how to automate this with Windows Explorer.

    Thanks,
    Gene

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    Re: Copy Multiple Modified Files (XP Pro SP2)

    Oh boy, this post is gonna demonstrate how old I am, chronologically and in the world of computers! I don't know of a way to do what you want with simply Explorer, but there MAY be a way. I have a program called FILEGRAB that was produced initially in the late 90s by PC Magazine. I understand that it will not be free anymore as it once used to be, but here is the link to it so you can check it out: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1074,00.asp

    Here's what I did as a starting test. I used Windows Explorer and its Search function to find a list of all "readme.txt" files on my hard drive. I ran FILEGRAB.EXE and dragged a small selection of the resulting search into the Filegrab window. I then selected some of those files (you, of course, can use Ctrl-A to select all) and used the Filegrab SaveAs command to save the file info to a text file which is attached as an example. I saved all the fields, but it should be noted that you can select only the FULL PATH to do what you need to do.

    If you're not leery of batch files, that text file could be used to create a batch file by simply inserting the "copy troubleshooting.pdf" in front of each line, with appropriate parameters of course for overwriting, etc. You have the additional complication of two different file names, but it shouldn't be too hard to make two passes.

    Maybe someone else has a more elegant method, so stay tuned!

    Edited followup: My copy of Filegrab is Version 1.0 from a 1996 download. On their web site I see it was revised at Version 1.1 <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> and a non-subscription one-time download will cost you $6.

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    Re: Copy Multiple Modified Files (XP Pro SP2)

    Dear Al,

    Thanks very much for the idea (and the attached file). I had already searched the PCMag Utilities Library and had not recognized anything that would help. So I have just downloaded FileGrabber and will try your suggestion on Monday. I'll let you know how it works out.

    Thanks, and best wishes,
    Gene

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