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How do I 'Make a Duplicate of a File' where default name is 'Filename Copy', not 'Copy of Filename' ?

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I have a question about Make a Duplicate of a File:
Way back in my Mac days, when I would copy and paste a file in the same folder, the original would be "filename" and the new file would be "filename copy". In Windows, it's always "copy of filename", which doesn't let a sort by name keep these files adjacent. Can I change the default name of copies, so the destination file will sort alphabetically next to the source file?

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by:Merete
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yep cant see why not, what I do is simply rename it add a number or A1 A2 this way the store in alphetbetical order
or put them in individual folders with the same concept
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by:reggieperrin
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I don't understand what you are suggesting. To clarify my question, I am hoping that there is a way I can somehow change my Windows configuration so that every time I duplicate a file in the same folder (by pressing Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V) that
instead of the Windows default of changing source file
"x.yyy"
to
"Copy of x.yyy"

it would instead yield a file called something like
"x.yyy Copy"
or
"x Copy.yyy"

or anything where the file name starts with x.
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by:callrs
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Took a while to find. First tried changing defaults in XP...no find.
Then found: http://www.shelltoysxp.com/duplicatefile.asp     ShellToys XP > Shell Extensions > Duplicate File
But finally: http://www.rjhsoftware.com/rjhextensions/     RjH Software - rjhExtensions

rjhExtensions adds some new shell extensions, including: Duplicate Files(s)

To use: Right click a file, hit Duplicate File(s)
         
Filename.txt     --> Filename(1).txt
Filename(2).txt --> Filename(2).txt
etc.

Note: if you don't want all the extensions that rjh adds, you can remove them using the "rjhextensions Organizer" that comes with the install, though  http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexview.html has a general-purpose Shell Extension Manager.

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by:RedKelvin
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Sorry I don't reckon you can change the "copy of" default
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callrs earned 500 total points
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Possibly not with that program -- unless you write to the author for a feature extension.  But otherwise, you are looking at a custom app here. I could do that in C++, but it would take 2 to 4 hours to research, create, & test out.

But the (1) (2) numbering scheme I think will fit your need, no?
Copying files with the Duplicate shell extension also takes half the time as Windows default of "Right-click, Copy, Right-clcik, Paste."

If you still want word Copy, try the 1st link..I think all you'd have to do, after the duplicate is made,  is hit the END key & then type " Copy". Not as elegant as that being automatic though, but still quite brief.

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If you want an MS-DOS script to do what you need, I can possibly create one, in answer to a separate post. It may take me about an hour to create.



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by:scrathcyboy
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Some windows defaults like this one, you can change by manually editing the registry, but that is not a task for the average user, and you will create a non-standard setup that is difficult to recreate/duplicate.

Why not simply run a batch file --

copy C:\dir\filename.* C:\dir\1filename.*

There are oodles of great things you can do with batch files, rename, concactenate, etc, you just need to look into batch file copy commands a little to construct the files you need to do the task.
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by:reggieperrin
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Running a batch file every time I want to duplicate a file is more trouble than the current situation. However, your suggestion that there is a place in the registry to manually edit this phrase is appealling. If such a registry entry exists, I would be very comfortable with making such a change as well as living with the non-standard setup. Otherwise, the rjhextensions solution is the most appealing so far.
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by:callrs
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>>If such a registry entry exists
I had searched but did not find...
It may be either hard-coded into a windows exe file, or it may be obfuscated in the registry.

It's not hard to write a custom program to do this simple task. And programming can be quite exhilarating :)
Look up the popular "Python" programming language...
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