On 22/4/2004 07:01, Martin Webster invited the wrath of the gods by saying:
>Thursday, April 22, 2004, 10:52:52 AM, you wrote:
>t> Do any of the versions of NoteTab, Light, Standard, or Pro
>t> allow one to save a file WITHOUT an extension.
>t> For example, I wish to save "PAPER123" only, not as "PAPER123.TXT"
>Yes, just add quotes to the filename dialog when saving; e.g.
There's an even easier way: when saving/renaming, write the name WITH
the "dot" (period) after the name but WITHOUT the extension. This works
in most Windows programs (the ones which use the standard Windows save
dialog, at least)
The logic is thus:
(a)If you don't add an extension, the application supplies its own
(b)If you DO add an extension, the application uses it instead of the
Since extensions are no longer limited to three characters, a dot
ANYWHERE in the file name triggers the (b) behavior above -- that is, it
understands you are overriding the default file extension.
I have used this technique for a LOOOONG time, in too many machines and
programs to name (I do computer consulting). I have just tested it on
Windows XP with Notetab. Setting up Windows to show or hide extension
doesn't seem to make any difference.
By the way, this means that if you shouldn't count on the software
adding the default extension if you put a dot inside the filename. So,
try to avoid files with names like "Chapter 1. Introduction" -- instead
of getting a file named "Chapter 1. Introduction.txt", you might end up
with a file called "Chapter 1. Introduction" which Windows Explorer will
list as being of the filetype "INTRODUCTION File" -- and, if your
Windows is set up to hide file extensions (the rather stupid default
behavior), you will only see the "Chapter 1" part of the name.
Oh... yes, the quote marks technique also works fine. This is another
standard Windows behavior, which should work on any applications, not
just Notetab. The quotes thing was actually introduced together with
long file names (I believe it was in Windows NT 3.1, more than ten years
ago -- but maybe this behavior was inherited from OS/2), in order to
eliminate ambiguity on pathnames containing spaces.
Marcelo de Castro Bastos
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