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    File Tooltips?

    This may sound crazy, but here goes anyway.

    Does anyone know of a utility that will attach a tooltip to a file?

    What I would like to do is this:

    1. Download a file.

    2. Create a tooltip and attach it to the file.

    3. Save the file for later use.

    4. Later (usually much later), when I cursor over the file in Windows Explorer, I want to see the tooltip with the info that I entered.

    The reason for my asking this is that I often download utilities that I come across on the net and save them for later use. More often than not, by the time I get around to looking at these files, all I see is a cryptic file name and I forget what they were and why I downloaded them (aging brain cells, you know).

    Anyway, am I nuts or does such a thing exist?

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    Re: File Tooltips?

    I don't know of any way to do what you want, but two possibilities:

    1] Save a small Readme.txt file with brief info copied from the download site, including the url for future ref, and save it with the file. This is what I do, and I also save each download in its own subfolder.

    2] Add some comments in the Properties of the file - see below - but you will need to right click the file to read them.

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    Re: File Tooltips?

    I do the same as Leif, but I take it one step further and do a save as, and change the name of the file. For example instead of "advisor.exe" I change it to "Belarc Advisor.exe"
    All donwloads are also in their repective folders (ie) all from Microsoft in a Microsoft folder etc.
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    Re: File Tooltips?

    Hello -

    I also create a separate folder (i.e., Program Files/Belarc) and then add a file called something like "InfoBelarc" to the folder.

    Curious

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    Re: File Tooltips?

    In addition what Leif said in 1) -

    I always create a text file with the same name as EXE file (this way they are keeping together in Windows Explorer). In the text file I include following information:

    - the full name of the program
    - version (if applicable)
    - date created (if available)
    - size (to check if downloaded file is damaged)
    - brief (of full) description of the program
    - source (web page the file downloaded from or support page)
    - link to check for updates (if not the same as previous)
    - and also installation key, if needed.

    It helps me many times: when I decided to install downloaded program after three or four years, I discovered that the program is already a couple versions behind...

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    Re: File Tooltips?

    Why not just rename the cryptic filename to something that makes more sense to you?
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    Re: File Tooltips?

    No John, you're not nuts. I don't know if there is a Santa Claus, but there are such utilities about. Here's a few that came to mind:

    IT Solution & Services Annotater Page

    FileTip, still downloadable at Downloads - FileTip 1.2 - PC World

    Both <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>

    Related, and maybe useful: Explorer Notes

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    Re: File Tooltips?

    Thanks to all who replied to my post. Everyone had excellent suggestions and I will consider all of them. It seems like the easiest thing to do right now is to use the properties/summary/comments field. I will explore the other possibilities when I get the time.

    Just a thought--wouldn't it be a great feature if a file tooltip showed the contents of that comments field? That would have been a nice Vista add-in. Here's a chance for you software utility writers to solve a problem with your expertise.

    Again, thanks to all.

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    Re: File Tooltips?

    <hr>wouldn't it be a great feature if a file tooltip showed the contents of that comments field<hr>
    Total Commander is a very good alternative for Windows Explorer, with two panes and many useful features. A kind of "Swiss army knife" shareware program. It has an option to put comments, if available, in a sort of tooltip if you hover over the filename.

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    Re: File Tooltips?

    It is possible to show comments in the tooltip; see <post:=434,760>post 434,760</post:>.

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    Re: File Tooltips?

    Hans,

    Thanks for your excellent reply. However, none of the Windows XP systems that I use display a tooltip when the cursor is on a filename or a folder. Is there some other setting to turn on this feature?

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    Re: File Tooltips?

    To turn on the tooltips in Windows Explorer:
    - Select Tools | Folder Options...
    - Activate the View tab.
    - Scroll down the list until you see 'Show Pop-Up Description For Folder And Desktop Items'.
    - Make sure the check box for this item is ticked.
    - Click OK.

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    Re: File Tooltips?

    Thanks, Hans. It looks like your tips give me just what I needed. Woody's is the only place to come to for Windows help.

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