I thought this was going to be easy. But apparently not!
I've been asked to find a way to make use of the "Comments" field that's available for both files and folders in Windows to write a short summary of the purpose of a file / folder. The idea being that in "Details" view in Explorer, the comments attached to each of the items listed would be visible, and he could get an idea of what everything's for without having to open each file / folder. The client wants to do it this way, rather than using longer or more descriptive filenames.
I found a utility called Hobcomment described here: http://www.freewaregenius.com/hobcomment/
. This apparently works for Windows 2000 and XP, but not for Vista (which is what he's using) and later. NirExt, by the legendary Nir Sofer (http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nirext.html
) will also do the trick - for 2000/XP. I tried both of these utilities on Vista, and Hobcomment's shell extension doesn't appear at all, and changes made by NirExt aren't displayed by Explorer. So no dice with either.
I found a commercial program whose name I forget which also purported to do the trick - but the website warned that it didn't work on Vista and above.
The comments field for folders can be displayed in Vista, but I need a user-friendly way of editing its contents and getting it displayed. The research that I've done thus far suggests that editing "desktop.ini" files might do the trick, but that definitely fails the user-friendliness test!
I've drawn a blank on this. Any ideas?