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Hide File Names

by gequi / December 27, 2009 9:03 AM PST

When opening a folder in Explorer menu View "Hide File Names" is somtimes seen and
sometimes not.
When not seen, I cannot read the file names in extra large icons and large icons.
When seen, I can uncheck it and extra large icon and large icons file names are seen.
How could include "hide File Names" in the menu in "View"


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Hmm, interesting
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 27, 2009 9:58 PM PST
In reply to: Hide File Names

I don't know why that View menu option disappears when your files are displayed in icon mode. I've never seen the "Hide file names" option before now, so this is a recent discovery. I like those. Happy

Does this happen to the same folder? EG, you open one particular folder, and sometimes the 'Hide file names' option is there, but other times it is gone? Or does it happen randomly to all folders?

What I am thinking is, that you have managed to set this up somehow in some folder, but not others, and Vista is 'remembering' the choices.

Have you tried the old "switch" trick? Find a folder where icons are displayed but no file names, (my Vista offers this "Hide file names" for all icon sizes), goto the View icon, (not the menu bar but the bar which has "Organize, Views, Slide Show, Sharing Settings, Burn"), and select details. The names will re-appear in a details listing. Close down Explorer, reboot Vista, and try again.

Another option is to set up a folder as you wish, then go to Tools > Folder options, then the View tab, and click the "Apply to all folders" option. Or you could even try the "Reset Folders" button.

Good luck.


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Hide File Names
by gequi / December 29, 2009 8:03 AM PST
In reply to: Hmm, interesting

First thank you Mr MarFlax for acknowledging my problem.
After recieving your e-mail I tried all your advice, but none worked.
Then I went further and discovered that this is happening only in my
extended drive. Not on any other drives. Also in the other drives in
the menu bar "view" menu NO "Hide Name Files" appears but when opening files the File Name appears.
It only happens with my extended drive file folders and usually in the first folder not the second and third sub folder. Again in opening the
second sub-folder the menu bar "View" menu one can see the "Hide File Names" with a check and I have to uncheck to see the File Names.

The extended drive in question is WD My Book 500gb.

I can live with this problem but I just wanted to try to solve it.
Tnx for your responce

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Well, that's even stranger.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 29, 2009 7:32 PM PST
In reply to: Hide File Names

Hi Gegui. No need for Mr... Just Mark will do, Happy

If this is only happening to a USB external hard drive that is even stranger.

No answers for you, but I have linked below to an ImageShack image of what I see of my own external USB drive. 2 images in one, the first shows a folder open which has sub-folders, and the 2nd image shows inside one of those sub-folders. In the first image the "Hide File Names" option is not listed, but in the second image, the option is listed, although it is not available because my files are listed in Detail view;

Perhaps that is some sort of clue? If a folder has sub-folders, the option is not displayed. If a folder does not have sub-folders, then the option is displayed, but may or may not be available.

I think at the end of the day you may have to 'go along' with this and use a workaround. If you cannot get file names to display in Icon view, then use List view or Details view instead.

I fail to see any real benefit in the option anyway. I would always want to see my file names.

I hope that helps.


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