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Suppress certain file types in Windows Explorer - how to?

by jbobonline / October 26, 2008 6:15 AM PDT

There are two types of files I would NOT like to see in Windows Explorer - .tmp and .bak (word doc backup). When I look at an active folder in Explorer I have many superfluous tmp and bak files showing, cluttering up my view. Can't find any setting to adjust to suppress windows explorer from showing these. Any suggestions? Thanks

windows xp SP2

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To clean your system do these
by Dango517 / October 26, 2008 7:49 AM PDT

To try to remove .tmp and .bak files all together would be a big mistake. You will need to continue to do these "house cleaning" measures. Computer require maintenance, that's just the way it is, accept it.

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thanks but not the issue
by jbobonline / October 26, 2008 10:24 AM PDT

I'm not trying to delete or get rid of tmp files or bak files from msword - just to suppress * viewing* them / having them clutter up what I see in a folder in windows explorer

anyone else have suggestions? thanks!

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thanks bob
by jbobonline / October 26, 2008 10:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Mark them hidden.

I looked at those articles but not sure they provide the solution. heres what would like to be able to do - tweak an option in explorer, system settings or somewhere else where I can define a series of extensions (e.g., tmp, bak) that I do not want to SEE/show in a folder when I navigate via windows explorer). My problem is that during the workday I have 4-6 word docs going at once, spreadsheets, etc. I use explorer to navigate. What I end up with is lots of superlfluous entries showing inside folders (tmp and bak files) which slows navigating to right file. Obviously the tmp and bak files are improtnant and do not want to stop/delete them - I just don't want to SEE those types of files showing up via Windows Explorer. thanks again

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(NT) Then you want the 40 buck software.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 26, 2008 10:38 AM PDT
In reply to: thanks bob
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Next freebie.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 26, 2008 10:47 AM PDT

Use the Show in Groups feature. No, I'll let you test that.

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How to quickly hide certain file types in Win File Explorer
by JBoyd333 / February 12, 2014 6:10 AM PST

Here's what I did:

create a batch file in the root directory of the drive you want to modify
name it HIDEM.bat or name of your choice
type this into the file and save it:

attrib +h *.tmp /s
attrib +h *.bak /s

Then create another file in the root directory named UNHIDEM.bat
type this into it and save:

attrib -h *.tmp /s
attrib -h *.bak /s

In File Explorer, run HIDEM to hide all those extensions, and UNHIDEM to show them again. It's quick and works on my computer.

If you want other extensions hidden, simply add another "attrib" in both .bat files, with the new extension(s) you want.

You could also create a link to each of these batch files on your desktop, and assign a hot key to them (eg ctl-alt H and ctl-alt U)

hope it works for you!

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Doesn't work for me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 12, 2014 6:31 AM PST

I always set Explorer to show hidden files. Old Thread Warning!

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