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  1. #1
    Eddie Guest

    Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer.exe

    I need to change the display filename colors in Vista Windows Explorer
    similar to the MAC O/S Feature.

    This question does NOT deal with Encrypted Files or Compressed Files. I
    simply want to change the display names of the files to colors such as BLUE,
    GREY, etc., just like I can do on the MAC O/S for the past 5 years.

    I do NOT want to use any third party software file managers. There must be a
    way to do it in Windows since APPLE has been doing it for 60 months now.

    I can't believe that Windows STILL Cannot perform this simple task !!!

    If you have a working solution using Windows Explorer please email me and
    let me know.

    Many Thanks,
    Eddie Miller
    eddie@SPUBOL.com



  2. #2
    Bob F. Guest

    Re: Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer.exe

    "Eddie" <Eddie@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:D17D3A5A-0E91-4AD7-B08A-CA70BCDEDDED@microsoft.com...
    >I need to change the display filename colors in Vista Windows Explorer
    > similar to the MAC O/S Feature.
    >
    > This question does NOT deal with Encrypted Files or Compressed Files. I
    > simply want to change the display names of the files to colors such as
    > BLUE,
    > GREY, etc., just like I can do on the MAC O/S for the past 5 years.
    >
    > I do NOT want to use any third party software file managers. There must be
    > a
    > way to do it in Windows since APPLE has been doing it for 60 months now.
    >
    > I can't believe that Windows STILL Cannot perform this simple task !!!
    >
    > If you have a working solution using Windows Explorer please email me and
    > let me know.
    >
    > Many Thanks,
    > Eddie Miller
    > eddie@SPUBOL.com
    >

    I have never been asked by one user, ever, for this feature. I do remember,
    in my MAC days, and that was over 10 years ago, that I did have control over
    file name color. It was cute but I didn't miss it when we converted
    everyone over to PCs. May I ask what you would use the feature for? What
    happens when you move files to a server. Does the color integrity remain in
    tact? How about when you send the file as an attachment? Does it remain in
    tact? I guess the seriousness for the need depends on how you use it.
    Bob F.



  3. #3
    Eddie Guest

    Re: Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer

    Bobby Boy,

    Did you happen to read the very last line in my post: "If you have a working
    solution using Windows Explorer please email me and let me know." ???

    The seriousness of my need, based on your good old day's experience, is
    irrelevant and ridiculous. EVERY one of the 15 top file manager replacement
    shells for Explorer.exe allow any filename to be changed to any color and
    with any color background !!!

    That is called PRODUCTIVITY and it is something that Microsoft knows, nor
    cares, little about.

    I fondly recall, from my good old CRAYOLA Days, how easy it was to
    categorize papers using my 8, 16, 32, 64, and then the mother of all 128
    color crayon set !!! Why do you think we as humans, can visually see over 16
    million colors? Yet MS chooses ONE SINGLE COLOR as my only choice for the
    past 20 years !!! DUH !!! What's up with that? Yet they add useless tag info
    with over 100 useless classifications.

    Your answer to my question was indeed asinine! Do they have an award column
    for that? I would certainly nominate you and vote for your answer as being
    "Numero Uno" in the classification of lame and dumbed down responses.

    Being able to visually recognize filenames by COLOR is not just CUTE, it is
    indeed a critical function when dealing with those who cannot read (children
    and/or the illiterate) or those with visual handicaps.

    If someone out there knows how to perform this action please do reply. It
    was advertised as being part of Vista Features about 18 months ago in the
    early spam BS that MS was generating concerning the product. However, it
    seems the feature never made it into the Vista RTM.

    Eddie Miller




    "Bob F." wrote:

    > "Eddie" <Eddie@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:D17D3A5A-0E91-4AD7-B08A-CA70BCDEDDED@microsoft.com...
    > >I need to change the display filename colors in Vista Windows Explorer
    > > similar to the MAC O/S Feature.
    > >
    > > This question does NOT deal with Encrypted Files or Compressed Files. I
    > > simply want to change the display names of the files to colors such as
    > > BLUE,
    > > GREY, etc., just like I can do on the MAC O/S for the past 5 years.
    > >
    > > I do NOT want to use any third party software file managers. There must be
    > > a
    > > way to do it in Windows since APPLE has been doing it for 60 months now.
    > >
    > > I can't believe that Windows STILL Cannot perform this simple task !!!
    > >
    > > If you have a working solution using Windows Explorer please email me and
    > > let me know.
    > >
    > > Many Thanks,
    > > Eddie Miller
    > > eddie@SPUBOL.com
    > >

    > I have never been asked by one user, ever, for this feature. I do remember,
    > in my MAC days, and that was over 10 years ago, that I did have control over
    > file name color. It was cute but I didn't miss it when we converted
    > everyone over to PCs. May I ask what you would use the feature for? What
    > happens when you move files to a server. Does the color integrity remain in
    > tact? How about when you send the file as an attachment? Does it remain in
    > tact? I guess the seriousness for the need depends on how you use it.
    > Bob F.
    >
    >


  4. #4
    Bob F. Guest

    Re: Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer

    "Eddie" <Eddie@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:4FB145C6-5773-471E-A789-9E14EBB4035D@microsoft.com...
    > Bobby Boy,
    > Did you happen to read the very last line in my post: "If you have a
    > working
    > solution using Windows Explorer please email me and let me know." ???
    >


    Sure did, but you didn't say "If and only if..." You did not state what
    your request was if I didn't have a solution.

    > The seriousness of my need, based on your good old day's experience, is
    > irrelevant and ridiculous.


    Background is often helpful for context. If it didn't help you, just ignore
    it.

    EVERY one of the 15 top file manager replacement
    > shells for Explorer.exe allow any filename to be changed to any color and
    > with any color background !!!


    Nice to know...I never used the feature and know of no one else that did.

    > That is called PRODUCTIVITY and it is something that Microsoft knows, nor
    > cares, little about.


    One could argue that productivity comes about through simplicity. When
    things are put in color needlessly then confusion creeps in and a person
    slows down. Particulary when you didn't transfer the key to the recipient.
    Also, it is known that about 20% of the population are color blind. Using
    color will cause that segment to be discriminated against.

    >
    > I fondly recall, from my good old CRAYOLA Days, how easy it was to
    > categorize papers using my 8, 16, 32, 64, and then the mother of all 128
    > color crayon set !!!


    QUOTE: "The seriousness of my need, based on your good old day's experience,
    is
    > irrelevant and ridiculous."


    Why do you think we as humans, can visually see over 16
    > million colors?


    Are you proposing when/if file font color become available, it does so in 10
    million colors?

    Yet MS chooses ONE SINGLE COLOR as my only choice for the
    > past 20 years !!! DUH !!! What's up with that? Yet they add useless tag
    > info
    > with over 100 useless classifications.


    People use the tag info as they would use color info without discriminating
    against color blind people.

    >
    > Your answer to my question was indeed asinine! Do they have an award
    > column
    > for that? I would certainly nominate you and vote for your answer as being
    > "Numero Uno" in the classification of lame and dumbed down responses.


    There seems to be a model mis-match here. If you don't see the alignment,
    please ignore the response.

    >
    > Being able to visually recognize filenames by COLOR is not just CUTE,


    Glad you agree.

    it is
    > indeed a critical function when dealing with those who cannot read
    > (children
    > and/or the illiterate) or those with visual handicaps.


    Finally...a real need! Just as I asked.

    >
    > If someone out there knows how to perform this action please do reply. It
    > was advertised as being part of Vista Features about 18 months ago in the
    > early spam BS that MS was generating concerning the product. However, it
    > seems the feature never made it into the Vista RTM.
    >
    > Eddie Miller
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Bob F." wrote:
    >
    >> "Eddie" <Eddie@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:D17D3A5A-0E91-4AD7-B08A-CA70BCDEDDED@microsoft.com...
    >> >I need to change the display filename colors in Vista Windows Explorer
    >> > similar to the MAC O/S Feature.
    >> >
    >> > This question does NOT deal with Encrypted Files or Compressed Files. I
    >> > simply want to change the display names of the files to colors such as
    >> > BLUE,
    >> > GREY, etc., just like I can do on the MAC O/S for the past 5 years.
    >> >
    >> > I do NOT want to use any third party software file managers. There must
    >> > be
    >> > a
    >> > way to do it in Windows since APPLE has been doing it for 60 months
    >> > now.
    >> >
    >> > I can't believe that Windows STILL Cannot perform this simple task !!!
    >> >
    >> > If you have a working solution using Windows Explorer please email me
    >> > and
    >> > let me know.
    >> >
    >> > Many Thanks,
    >> > Eddie Miller
    >> > eddie@SPUBOL.com
    >> >

    >> I have never been asked by one user, ever, for this feature. I do
    >> remember,
    >> in my MAC days, and that was over 10 years ago, that I did have control
    >> over
    >> file name color. It was cute but I didn't miss it when we converted
    >> everyone over to PCs. May I ask what you would use the feature for?
    >> What
    >> happens when you move files to a server. Does the color integrity remain
    >> in
    >> tact? How about when you send the file as an attachment? Does it remain
    >> in
    >> tact? I guess the seriousness for the need depends on how you use it.
    >> Bob F.
    >>

    I don't understand why people have to respond to questions in this NG with
    so much venom and personal attacks. Don't you understand that you represent
    American society, everyone is watching and at the very least it is an
    opportunity to hone one's social writing skills in order to grow. Eddie
    will be the 4th one in this group in the kill file.
    Bob F.


  5. #5
    Xenomorph Guest

    Re: Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer.exe

    I like the fact that Windows has been able to run all my favorite programs
    for around 150 months.

    Apple STILL cannot perform this simple task !!



    "Eddie" <Eddie@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:D17D3A5A-0E91-4AD7-B08A-CA70BCDEDDED@microsoft.com...
    >I need to change the display filename colors in Vista Windows Explorer
    > similar to the MAC O/S Feature.
    >
    > This question does NOT deal with Encrypted Files or Compressed Files. I
    > simply want to change the display names of the files to colors such as
    > BLUE,
    > GREY, etc., just like I can do on the MAC O/S for the past 5 years.
    >
    > I do NOT want to use any third party software file managers. There must be
    > a
    > way to do it in Windows since APPLE has been doing it for 60 months now.
    >
    > I can't believe that Windows STILL Cannot perform this simple task !!!
    >
    > If you have a working solution using Windows Explorer please email me and
    > let me know.
    >
    > Many Thanks,
    > Eddie Miller
    > eddie@SPUBOL.com
    >
    >



  6. #6
    Slap Guest

    Re: Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer.exe



    "Eddie" <Eddie@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:D17D3A5A-0E91-4AD7-B08A-CA70BCDEDDED@microsoft.com...
    > I need to change the display filename colors in Vista Windows Explorer
    > similar to the MAC O/S Feature.
    >


    You, my man are in desperate need of a MAC. Of course if the MAC can't do
    what your require in most other things than you have to keep your PC. Not a
    big deal. Make a choice. MAC, PC, 3rd party stuff. Quit whining about
    what you think is productivity.



  7. #7
    Bob Guest

    Re: Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer.exe


    "Eddie" <Eddie@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >
    > If you have a working solution using Windows Explorer please email me and
    > let me know.


    Why you shouldn't ask for E-mail responses on Usenet
    http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/usene...responses.html


  8. #8
    Bruce Chambers Guest

    Re: Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer.exe

    Eddie wrote:
    > I need to change the display filename colors in Vista Windows Explorer
    > similar to the MAC O/S Feature.
    >
    > This question does NOT deal with Encrypted Files or Compressed Files. I
    > simply want to change the display names of the files to colors such as BLUE,
    > GREY, etc., just like I can do on the MAC O/S for the past 5 years.
    >
    > I do NOT want to use any third party software file managers. There must be a
    > way to do it in Windows since APPLE has been doing it for 60 months now.
    >
    > I can't believe that Windows STILL Cannot perform this simple task !!!


    I can't believe you'd expect the presence of a "feature" that no one
    has ever asked for, and for which there would be very little practical use.


    --

    Bruce Chambers

    Help us help you:
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    safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin

    Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand Russell

    The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    killed a great many philosophers.
    ~ Denis Diderot

  9. #9
    David Robarts Guest

    Re: Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer

    Actually I have a very real need for this as I am trying to write up my
    family tree for my children and want to use standard family tree colours to
    differentiate the diffrent lines of my and my wife's family.

    To explain: the standard family line colours go blue for your father's line,
    green for mother's line, red for your mother's father's line and yellow for
    your mother's mother's line this colour map makes it visually easy to see,
    once you've got the hand of it, where you are in your family tree - assuming
    you are using genealogy software which supports Ancestor colours.

    I am writing a narrative of my direct line family tree which has now reached
    chapter 40 and want to be able to show which part of my family I am writing
    about by displaying the file names in the relevant colour i.e. blue, green,
    red and yellow.

    I admit this is a fairly specific requirement and is probably not universal
    but having Googled to try and find a solution it seems there are a lot of
    further reasons from highlighting particular photos to differentiating
    document versions.

    I'm not particularly interested in getting involved in a slanging match but
    just wanted to point out that there are, or perhaps in my case is, perfectly
    reasonable reasons for an ability to change the colour of a file name.

    To my mind Chapter 39 The Hurts, Lowes, Fownes, Gells, Rosells,
    Shuttleworths, Arkwrights and Radcliffes - red, does not work as well as
    Chapter 39 etc in a red font of my choice.

    I don't know if Microsoft read these forums but for me this an important
    issue - I'm sigened on using my daughters hotmail account so any help or
    comment should be directed to david.robarts@btinternet.com because she never
    checks email!

    "Bruce Chambers" wrote:

    > Eddie wrote:
    > > I need to change the display filename colors in Vista Windows Explorer
    > > similar to the MAC O/S Feature.
    > >
    > > This question does NOT deal with Encrypted Files or Compressed Files. I
    > > simply want to change the display names of the files to colors such as BLUE,
    > > GREY, etc., just like I can do on the MAC O/S for the past 5 years.
    > >
    > > I do NOT want to use any third party software file managers. There must be a
    > > way to do it in Windows since APPLE has been doing it for 60 months now.
    > >
    > > I can't believe that Windows STILL Cannot perform this simple task !!!

    >
    > I can't believe you'd expect the presence of a "feature" that no one
    > has ever asked for, and for which there would be very little practical use.
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    > Bruce Chambers
    >
    > Help us help you:
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375
    >
    > They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    > safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin
    >
    > Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand Russell
    >
    > The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    > killed a great many philosophers.
    > ~ Denis Diderot
    >


  10. #10
    Ronnie Vernon MVP Guest

    Re: Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer

    David

    There's no way to do this by default in Vista. You will need to use a third
    party application.

    Take a look at the following software, it will do what you want.

    XYplorer - A Windows File Manager and Explorer Replacement:
    http://www.xyplorer.com/


    --

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience


    "David Robarts" <David Robarts@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:EF56296B-3814-47F0-95D6-3BC8880BDDB9@microsoft.com...
    > Actually I have a very real need for this as I am trying to write up my
    > family tree for my children and want to use standard family tree colours
    > to
    > differentiate the diffrent lines of my and my wife's family.
    >
    > To explain: the standard family line colours go blue for your father's
    > line,
    > green for mother's line, red for your mother's father's line and yellow
    > for
    > your mother's mother's line this colour map makes it visually easy to see,
    > once you've got the hand of it, where you are in your family tree -
    > assuming
    > you are using genealogy software which supports Ancestor colours.
    >
    > I am writing a narrative of my direct line family tree which has now
    > reached
    > chapter 40 and want to be able to show which part of my family I am
    > writing
    > about by displaying the file names in the relevant colour i.e. blue,
    > green,
    > red and yellow.
    >
    > I admit this is a fairly specific requirement and is probably not
    > universal
    > but having Googled to try and find a solution it seems there are a lot of
    > further reasons from highlighting particular photos to differentiating
    > document versions.
    >
    > I'm not particularly interested in getting involved in a slanging match
    > but
    > just wanted to point out that there are, or perhaps in my case is,
    > perfectly
    > reasonable reasons for an ability to change the colour of a file name.
    >
    > To my mind Chapter 39 The Hurts, Lowes, Fownes, Gells, Rosells,
    > Shuttleworths, Arkwrights and Radcliffes - red, does not work as well as
    > Chapter 39 etc in a red font of my choice.
    >
    > I don't know if Microsoft read these forums but for me this an important
    > issue - I'm sigened on using my daughters hotmail account so any help or
    > comment should be directed to david.robarts@btinternet.com because she
    > never
    > checks email!
    >
    > "Bruce Chambers" wrote:
    >
    >> Eddie wrote:
    >> > I need to change the display filename colors in Vista Windows Explorer
    >> > similar to the MAC O/S Feature.
    >> >
    >> > This question does NOT deal with Encrypted Files or Compressed Files. I
    >> > simply want to change the display names of the files to colors such as
    >> > BLUE,
    >> > GREY, etc., just like I can do on the MAC O/S for the past 5 years.
    >> >
    >> > I do NOT want to use any third party software file managers. There must
    >> > be a
    >> > way to do it in Windows since APPLE has been doing it for 60 months
    >> > now.
    >> >
    >> > I can't believe that Windows STILL Cannot perform this simple task !!!

    >>
    >> I can't believe you'd expect the presence of a "feature" that no one
    >> has ever asked for, and for which there would be very little practical
    >> use.
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Bruce Chambers
    >>
    >> Help us help you:
    >> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >>
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375
    >>
    >> They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    >> safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin
    >>
    >> Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand
    >> Russell
    >>
    >> The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    >> killed a great many philosophers.
    >> ~ Denis Diderot
    >>



  11. #11
    David Robarts Guest

    Re: Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer

    Thanks Ronnie

    I've downloaded the trial version and it works really well and does exactly
    what I want BUT I object to having to pay for a "bolt on" piece of software
    for a simple functionality that is lacking in Vista. The very fact that
    XYplorer exists indicates that there is a demand for this kind of
    functionality!

    David

    "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:

    > David
    >
    > There's no way to do this by default in Vista. You will need to use a third
    > party application.
    >
    > Take a look at the following software, it will do what you want.
    >
    > XYplorer - A Windows File Manager and Explorer Replacement:
    > http://www.xyplorer.com/
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    > Ronnie Vernon
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows Desktop Experience
    >
    >
    > "David Robarts" <David Robarts@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:EF56296B-3814-47F0-95D6-3BC8880BDDB9@microsoft.com...
    > > Actually I have a very real need for this as I am trying to write up my
    > > family tree for my children and want to use standard family tree colours
    > > to
    > > differentiate the diffrent lines of my and my wife's family.
    > >
    > > To explain: the standard family line colours go blue for your father's
    > > line,
    > > green for mother's line, red for your mother's father's line and yellow
    > > for
    > > your mother's mother's line this colour map makes it visually easy to see,
    > > once you've got the hand of it, where you are in your family tree -
    > > assuming
    > > you are using genealogy software which supports Ancestor colours.
    > >
    > > I am writing a narrative of my direct line family tree which has now
    > > reached
    > > chapter 40 and want to be able to show which part of my family I am
    > > writing
    > > about by displaying the file names in the relevant colour i.e. blue,
    > > green,
    > > red and yellow.
    > >
    > > I admit this is a fairly specific requirement and is probably not
    > > universal
    > > but having Googled to try and find a solution it seems there are a lot of
    > > further reasons from highlighting particular photos to differentiating
    > > document versions.
    > >
    > > I'm not particularly interested in getting involved in a slanging match
    > > but
    > > just wanted to point out that there are, or perhaps in my case is,
    > > perfectly
    > > reasonable reasons for an ability to change the colour of a file name.
    > >
    > > To my mind Chapter 39 The Hurts, Lowes, Fownes, Gells, Rosells,
    > > Shuttleworths, Arkwrights and Radcliffes - red, does not work as well as
    > > Chapter 39 etc in a red font of my choice.
    > >
    > > I don't know if Microsoft read these forums but for me this an important
    > > issue - I'm sigened on using my daughters hotmail account so any help or
    > > comment should be directed to david.robarts@btinternet.com because she
    > > never
    > > checks email!
    > >
    > > "Bruce Chambers" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Eddie wrote:
    > >> > I need to change the display filename colors in Vista Windows Explorer
    > >> > similar to the MAC O/S Feature.
    > >> >
    > >> > This question does NOT deal with Encrypted Files or Compressed Files. I
    > >> > simply want to change the display names of the files to colors such as
    > >> > BLUE,
    > >> > GREY, etc., just like I can do on the MAC O/S for the past 5 years.
    > >> >
    > >> > I do NOT want to use any third party software file managers. There must
    > >> > be a
    > >> > way to do it in Windows since APPLE has been doing it for 60 months
    > >> > now.
    > >> >
    > >> > I can't believe that Windows STILL Cannot perform this simple task !!!
    > >>
    > >> I can't believe you'd expect the presence of a "feature" that no one
    > >> has ever asked for, and for which there would be very little practical
    > >> use.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >>
    > >> Bruce Chambers
    > >>
    > >> Help us help you:
    > >> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    > >>
    > >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375
    > >>
    > >> They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    > >> safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin
    > >>
    > >> Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand
    > >> Russell
    > >>
    > >> The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    > >> killed a great many philosophers.
    > >> ~ Denis Diderot
    > >>

    >


  12. #12
    Ronnie Vernon MVP Guest

    Re: Changing Filename COLORS in (VISTA )Windows Explorer (explorer

    David

    File/folder coloring isn't exactly an often requested feature. Yours is the
    first time I have seen this request on the Vista groups in almost 16 months.
    :)

    No operating system or software can do it all, that is why there are niche
    products like Xyplorer. This developer focused on everything that Windows
    Explorer did not have and created a product to fill that niche.

    --

    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience


    "David Robarts" <DavidRobarts@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:9599F36C-E287-4C89-8885-7C19B128C1EA@microsoft.com...
    > Thanks Ronnie
    >
    > I've downloaded the trial version and it works really well and does
    > exactly
    > what I want BUT I object to having to pay for a "bolt on" piece of
    > software
    > for a simple functionality that is lacking in Vista. The very fact that
    > XYplorer exists indicates that there is a demand for this kind of
    > functionality!
    >
    > David
    >
    > "Ronnie Vernon MVP" wrote:
    >
    >> David
    >>
    >> There's no way to do this by default in Vista. You will need to use a
    >> third
    >> party application.
    >>
    >> Take a look at the following software, it will do what you want.
    >>
    >> XYplorer - A Windows File Manager and Explorer Replacement:
    >> http://www.xyplorer.com/
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Ronnie Vernon
    >> Microsoft MVP
    >> Windows Desktop Experience
    >>
    >>
    >> "David Robarts" <David Robarts@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    >> message
    >> news:EF56296B-3814-47F0-95D6-3BC8880BDDB9@microsoft.com...
    >> > Actually I have a very real need for this as I am trying to write up my
    >> > family tree for my children and want to use standard family tree
    >> > colours
    >> > to
    >> > differentiate the diffrent lines of my and my wife's family.
    >> >
    >> > To explain: the standard family line colours go blue for your father's
    >> > line,
    >> > green for mother's line, red for your mother's father's line and yellow
    >> > for
    >> > your mother's mother's line this colour map makes it visually easy to
    >> > see,
    >> > once you've got the hand of it, where you are in your family tree -
    >> > assuming
    >> > you are using genealogy software which supports Ancestor colours.
    >> >
    >> > I am writing a narrative of my direct line family tree which has now
    >> > reached
    >> > chapter 40 and want to be able to show which part of my family I am
    >> > writing
    >> > about by displaying the file names in the relevant colour i.e. blue,
    >> > green,
    >> > red and yellow.
    >> >
    >> > I admit this is a fairly specific requirement and is probably not
    >> > universal
    >> > but having Googled to try and find a solution it seems there are a lot
    >> > of
    >> > further reasons from highlighting particular photos to differentiating
    >> > document versions.
    >> >
    >> > I'm not particularly interested in getting involved in a slanging match
    >> > but
    >> > just wanted to point out that there are, or perhaps in my case is,
    >> > perfectly
    >> > reasonable reasons for an ability to change the colour of a file name.
    >> >
    >> > To my mind Chapter 39 The Hurts, Lowes, Fownes, Gells, Rosells,
    >> > Shuttleworths, Arkwrights and Radcliffes - red, does not work as well
    >> > as
    >> > Chapter 39 etc in a red font of my choice.
    >> >
    >> > I don't know if Microsoft read these forums but for me this an
    >> > important
    >> > issue - I'm sigened on using my daughters hotmail account so any help
    >> > or
    >> > comment should be directed to david.robarts@btinternet.com because she
    >> > never
    >> > checks email!
    >> >
    >> > "Bruce Chambers" wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> Eddie wrote:
    >> >> > I need to change the display filename colors in Vista Windows
    >> >> > Explorer
    >> >> > similar to the MAC O/S Feature.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > This question does NOT deal with Encrypted Files or Compressed
    >> >> > Files. I
    >> >> > simply want to change the display names of the files to colors such
    >> >> > as
    >> >> > BLUE,
    >> >> > GREY, etc., just like I can do on the MAC O/S for the past 5 years.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > I do NOT want to use any third party software file managers. There
    >> >> > must
    >> >> > be a
    >> >> > way to do it in Windows since APPLE has been doing it for 60 months
    >> >> > now.
    >> >> >
    >> >> > I can't believe that Windows STILL Cannot perform this simple task
    >> >> > !!!
    >> >>
    >> >> I can't believe you'd expect the presence of a "feature" that no one
    >> >> has ever asked for, and for which there would be very little practical
    >> >> use.
    >> >>
    >> >>
    >> >> --
    >> >>
    >> >> Bruce Chambers
    >> >>
    >> >> Help us help you:
    >> >> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >> >>
    >> >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375
    >> >>
    >> >> They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    >> >> safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin
    >> >>
    >> >> Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand
    >> >> Russell
    >> >>
    >> >> The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    >> >> killed a great many philosophers.
    >> >> ~ Denis Diderot
    >> >>

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