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    Add to Directory Data File (XP2)

    When I right click a drive, folder, or shortcut to either, there are two puzzling commands on my context menu:
    Add to Directory Data File
    Remove from Directory Data File

    Anyone know what these are for? If I attempt to choose either one, a dialog box opens listing applications & asking which program I want to use to open this "file".
    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Add to Directory Data File (XP2)

    Sounds like something added to the right-click context menu by the OEM to make file associations easier. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Add to Directory Data File (XP2)

    Just from what else is on the context menu I'd guess it added by Explorer Plus. Have you checked its program help or online support?

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    Re: Add to Directory Data File (XP2)

    Hi Doc: Thanks for the response. A friend of mine put this machine together from components & I just got a new motherboard, so I don't think there's any branding. But Joe's & your response does tell me that this is not something that everyone has.

    Joe: I suspected ExplorerPlus also, but...
    It wasn't anywhere in their online help &, in fact, they have a different method of associating files.
    I've only had the eval version of Explorer Plus for about two weeks, & the command has been on there since I got a new motherboard.

    It really doesn't do anything valid. It/s only on the context menu for folders & drives (& their shortcuts), not files, so it really doesn't make any sense to "associate" them with anything. If I try to actually associate a folder with a program, (e.g. Notepad), I get access denied (which is a good thing). I'm afraid to experiment too much. I wish I had paid more attention to when I first saw it, but I think it was when I first got my new motherboard. At that point, I reinstalled Windows & installed programs from scratch. There were so many apps & utilities that I didn't keep track. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    I appreciate the ideas, & if you have any more, they're most welcome.

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    Re: Add to Directory Data File (XP2)

    The ExplorerPlus User's Guide doesn't mention the Add to Directory Data File menu option, or something related, so it may be part of another add-in.

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    Re: Add to Directory Data File (XP2)

    Hey Phil,

    I did a little looking on Google after reading Joe's post and found this information ExplorerPlus. Also, here's the user's guide. Don't know why I didn't see the ExplorerPlus entry on the context menu before that but.... HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Add to Directory Data File (XP2)

    Phil,

    What software have you installed since the motherboard was installed?

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    Re: Add to Directory Data File (XP2)

    Thanks for checking, Doc. I looked through ExplorerPlus & couldn't find anything related to that option.
    Hans, you're right. I don't think it's related to that.
    Joe: There's almost 80 apps or utilities installed on my machine, all after the new motherboard. I could list them, if you thought you might recognize something, but I've used most of them before & never had that context menu item that I can recall. Maybe I can search the registry & see where the items came from. I renamed My Documents to Data some time ago, so I'm not sure whether the "Data" part of the command refers to "My Documents". I'm not quite sure where to look, though, as a search for "Add to Directory Data File" came up blank.

    I even searched Google before I posted for "Directory Data File" & "Directory My Documents File". The latter only brought up Chinese web pages & asked me if I wanted to install Chinese. <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>

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