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Post by Bosse » 10/29/07, 2:15 pm

Hi,

Here at work, I have the problem that I'm often working with 4 Windows with (almost) the same content. This is very tricky because there's only one window where I need to make changes, while the other three have to be unchanged.

So i'm looking for something which can help me. Maybe a tool that prevents me from copying and editing those three (Explorer)windows or maybe something that just marks those windows, for example with a colored border or an overlay or something, so I have a visual indication that tells me I don't have to make changes in that window. I still need read-acces to those (explorer) windows.

If someone knows something to do this, it would help me a lot.

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Post by bob » 10/29/07, 6:27 pm

Interesting question.... Possibly a switch built into Windows exists that might help?

For example, open up your working window single pane, and your read only windows double pane?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307856

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/130510
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Post by JohnT » 10/29/07, 9:38 pm

Would something like virtual desktops be a solution?
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Post by Bosse » 10/30/07, 9:57 am

Thanks for the two reply's, but it's rather difficult to do it that way because I open and close explorer Windows very often, and I have to copy from one of the three, to the correct one.

But after searching the web, I found out something could be done with a desktop.ini file in the folder.

When I create a hidden, read-only desktop.ini file with the following contents, and I place it in the folder, it would change the look of the folder.

[{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}]
IconArea_TextBackground=0x004080FF
Attributes=1
[ExtShellFolderViews]
{BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}={BE098140-A513-11D0-A3A4-00C04FD706EC}e

When I place the file in there, then change to another folder and go back to the previous folder, the changes are applied.

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Post by Bosse » 10/30/07, 3:41 pm

I also forgot to mention that you have to set the attributs of the folder to "system" before the desktop.ini file will have any effect.

This can be done with the commandline

attrib +s "foldername"

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Post by bob » 10/30/07, 5:28 pm

An interesting tweak--why doesn't it apply to all your open folders?
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