Display actual file type, not description of the type

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Doug, Oct 10, 2007.

  1. Doug

    Doug Guest

    Is it possible, in Windows Explorer Search, to display the actual type,
    rather than the description of the type? eg .mp3 rather than "MPEG
    Layer...."
     
    Doug, Oct 10, 2007
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  2. The file type description can be changed by altering a registry value under the ProgID of a file type. For more information on using the Registry Editor (regedit.exe), see the following Microsoft Web site:

    Microsoft Windows XP - Using Regedit.exe:
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/tools_regeditors.mspx
    http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...proddocs/en-us/regedit_overview.mspx?mfr=true

    The default ProgID location for .mp3 file types, is given below.

    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\WMP11.ASSOCFILE.MP3

    Double-click "FriendlyTypeName" and assign a preferred string, say "MP3 file"

    Logoff and login back, for the change to take effect.

    IMPORTANT: The above assumes that you're using Windows Media Player to play .mp3 audio. In case you had installed a third-party mp3 audio player and set it as the default handler for mp3, then the ProgID/registry location varies. If that's the case, send me a .mp3 file association log. Follow these steps:

    1. Download FileExtInfo.zip from here:
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/fileextinfo.htm

    2. Unzip the utility and extract the files to Desktop.
    3. Double-click "FileExtInfo.exe" to run it.
    4. Select the file type from the list box
    5. Click "View file association report"
    6. Copy the contents of the report and include it in your reply.


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    Regards,

    Ramesh Srinivasan, Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
    Windows® Troubleshooting http://www.winhelponline.com


    Is it possible, in Windows Explorer Search, to display the actual type,
    rather than the description of the type? eg .mp3 rather than "MPEG
    Layer...."
     
    Ramesh, MS-MVP, Oct 11, 2007
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  3. Doug

    Doug Guest

    That seems like a lot of work. I'd have to do it for every file type. I
    never use, and am not intested in the Microsoft description. When I sort on
    file type, I want .doc to be sorted before .pdf, not after. This is another
    example of MS telling me how I should think and work.
     
    Doug, Oct 11, 2007
    #3
  4. Try XYplorer file manager, which has Ext (extension) as a separate sortable
    column.
    See screenshot: http://www.xyplorer.com/images/xy_800x600.png

    Don
     
    Donald Lessau, Oct 12, 2007
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