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I would like to be able to add a custom field to folders in Windows 7, and then be able to show that column(field) when viewing the folder in Explorer (sort and group etc).


How can I achieve this? (is there a program I can buy / use or is there a way of doing this in Windows 7?)

Example use case: I have folders for each job that I do - I'd like to mark the folder as "pending", "done" etc. I'm using custom folder markers at the moment - but that's limited. Having a number of these fields would be really powerful.

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Essentially your looking for a custom way to sort folders? – wizlog Nov 9 '11 at 3:47
Not really ... Windows has some amazing sorting and group features .. i want to add my own properties. I think I found a solution to this over at stack overflow. Will know soon. – Sunil Nov 9 '11 at 3:57
I found this, probably what you are referring to on Stack Overflow.… – Mythrillic Nov 9 '11 at 21:11

You could try Explorer++, which is an Explorer (the Windows shell) replacement. Explorer++ allows you to customise the interface.

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This doesn't allow me to add fields. – Sunil Oct 31 '11 at 23:25

The Lamest way to mark a folder:

I have been using simple renaming of the folder itself. a + charachter put the folder highest in the sort (I am working on it)


a - charachter does not change the sort (done with it)


and of course Numbers added to the front would change the sort again.


It is Not the answer , but it has been easy , simple and no program has to understand comprehend or insure that it copies with the files/folders. It has one caveat, sometimes a program has the folder opened to it (will not rename), I have to close that program to complete the renaming of the folder. There are other odd charachters you can find on your keyboard that will change the sort , just tag, or even hide , and are "valid" charachters for a folder. I find that this simplest method has also (usually) still worked well in other OSes, like the portable devices.

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