I often make notes in my folders in a form a simple file without holding any content - because its
FILENAME is the note itself [an info / warning / explanation / instruction / whatever]. I find this modus operandi very efficient and also extremely simple thus time saving
Unfortunately: every time I do this I nevertheless do loose some time by repeating the mundane task of removing an extension of such file. Because the steps are:
1] I click right mouse button so that the shell menu shows up
2] I navigate to >>
New<< in that right-click menu
3] I navigate further to the section with file formats
4] I choose an entry; e.g. >>
5] I write my note
6] I accept it
7] I have to remove the file extension [
TXT in this case] from the file; one way or another
That last point is a total drag [one way or another]- and at the same time it is vital, because only then I get a nice looking file with a distinctive blank white icon provided by the OS. This icon stands out so much that there is no way I will not spot it out when glancing through my files and folders. And that also works in various Search windows
And as I was able to clean my shell menu with various REG files and pieces of software settings- then maybe there is another registry hack that could do this? Does anyone has an idea how to tweak the Shell Menu to show in its
New sub-menu an entry for creating a file without extension?
I suppose that under the
there should be created a new key named
Because the >>
*<< applies in Registry "to all", as I understand it. Or rather it should be done in
as that first one applies to files that are right-clicked - and I [in order to evoke the shell menu] will be clicking not on a file but somewhere on an empty space in a folder? But then what?
Or maybe there should be a key >>
Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ - thus making a
entry? Because that single pause would somehow tell Windows to not make and extension?
Maye instead of registry hack this could be done with an usage of a BAT of PS1 script? A script that would either create a file without extension or with extension but would immediately delete it - and would present the user with the task of just entering the name of the file? It could be done in various ways; with a command line or using GUI of Windows
But in the end I would also need to have a convenient way to execute such script - preferably by choosing it from shell menu [preferably from
New]. Maybe a combo with some third party software, like AutoHotkey or something?
And some thoughts / info:
A] This comes down to simple rules: file without extension = file with a default white / blank icon; file without extension = THIS MUST BE SOME IMPORTANT MESSAGE THAT I WROTE TO MYSELF; file without a white / blank icon = THIS MUST BE SOME IMPORTANT MESSAGE THAT I WROTE TO MYSELF
B] Hiding extensions of files is not a workaround. Plus I need to see extensions of other files. But maybe it is possible to somehow hide a particular extension - which would do the trick as long as an entry for it would be present in the
C] It is theoretically possible to hide files from the user in Windows. I use outdated Sony Sound Forge 7.0 for editing audio. Whenever e.g. WAV file is loaded, in its folder a SFK temporary file is created which holds some editing information which can I should be deleted afterwards. But the user can also choose in options to always hide new such SFK files- so the user can see hidden system files but will not see those SFKs. But I do not know if those hidden SFKs are really created and remain very well hidden or they are just thrown to some one big temporary file created on drive C [thus cheating the user and not the operating system
D] Although that default white / blank icon is good, I would like to change it to a one that I would pick. But how?