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How can I add a column for file/path length in Windows Explorer. For all users in a Windows domain. This is important for me because our projects are copied to CD/DVD and there are built in restrictions in the software we use. Most of my users have Windows 7 64-bit, but I have 4 Windows XP and 2 Vista users also.

Additionally, is there a way to change the color of the resulting text when it reaches a value of 106 characters length (and again at a value of 212 characters length)?.

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Interesting question.

Im sure its possible... somehow. Here is an article on how to do in XP, but does not work in Windows 7. Plus this method does require some programming. I couldnt find a Win7 equivalent.

There are lots of Explorer add ons and replacements out there, perhaps one of them has the functionality you want.

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Yeah in Vista they dropped the IColumnProvider that people were using to inject custom columns. They've replaced it with a property-based system. So I think the column information must be pulled/populated from the files themselves, and not be made of (arbitrary) info from the file system (like folder sizes or character counts). –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 25 '11 at 19:42
    
Wouldn't a Window Shell Extension be the proper vehicle?adding columns to Explorer's details view via a column handler shell extension codeproject.com/shell/ShellExtGuide8.asp –  Steven Kemp Aug 26 '11 at 17:38
    
@Steven: as mentioned in the comment thread in that article, they won't work in Vista and up because IColumnProvider is not supported anymore. As far as I know there's only one third party Explorer-replacement that automatically reads the legacy shell and column handlers, XPlorer². –  Abel Apr 10 '12 at 22:42

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