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Is there a way or a program that marks the icon of a file with a badge, similar to how Dropbox marks synced files with a green checkmark, and files that are currently syncing blue?

I'd use that to mark videos I've watched in a series.

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An interesting idea. – Guy Thomas Jan 12 '13 at 13:51
yes, wiiMC does it automatically on Wii, and I love it. A total commander plugin would also be great, but couldn't find. – csomakk Jan 12 '13 at 14:07
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I couldn't find a better solution, so I've created an open-source project for that. Available at Its nothing special yet, but it does the trick, and I'll try to work more on it. I Watch Seriez, IWatchSeriez :)

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You can try something like UserInfoTip:

  • Select some files or folders, assign icons for them, and add a description to be displayed in Explorer's popup windows.

  • You can easily notice the marked files among other files and recognize their types by the icons.


Of course, nothing prevents you from creating an Icon Overlay Handler of your own. You can get started by using TortoiseSVN's code, but remember that there's a 15 overlay limit (which will get exhausted in no time if multiple programs attempt to set overlays), and icon overlays are not even recommended by people such as Raymond Chen.

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Is there an easier way to mark things as watched? Something really simple like a checkbox that's remembered would be awesome. – Ariane Jan 14 '13 at 0:04
@Ariane: Anything like this is likely to require some sort of shell extension, since it's not an in-built feature. – Karan Jan 14 '13 at 0:05
And I guess we're not lucky enough to have this exist, eh? – Ariane Jan 14 '13 at 0:11
@Ariane: Well, I did link to a program above that adds an icon overlay handler, as requested by the OP. There might be other solutions/shell extensions available as well - obviously I did not bother to check out every single search engine result. – Karan Jan 14 '13 at 0:16
So after installing the app you don't see "Manage Description" anywhere, in the context menu for files or folders? I think you may have installed TagsForAll instead of UserInfoTip. – Karan Jan 14 '13 at 18:17

You can use Rating in Windows Explorer as work around. Mark * as read.

From File's Properties, it allows me to do file Rating from (zero star ~ 5 stars). Since I'm not using the rating feature to really rate a file, instead I use it for the purpose of marking it as a read file, no matter what file type it was. I also can sort out those read vs. unread files if I want.

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Can you elaborate? – fixer1234 Sep 27 '15 at 19:01
From Files Properties, it allow me to do file Rating from (zero star ~ 5 stars), since I'm not using the rating feature to really rate a file, instead I use it for the purpose of marking it as a read file, no matter what file type it was. I also can sort out those read vs. unread files if I want. – Jimmy Guan Sep 28 '15 at 12:41

I was searching for a similar solution when I found this thread. I figured out a fairly simple way to achieve what you're looking to do (at least in this particular case.) Maybe it will help others that happen upon this.

If you have the appropriate permissions, you can view "Hidden" files in Windows. They show up as grayed/semi-transparent icons/thumbnails of the original.

First, be sure that you're able to see Hidden Files.

  1. Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.
  2. Click the View tab.
  3. Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files and folders, and then click OK.

Now all you need to do is right click each episode after viewing it, go to Properties, and check the "Hidden" box. It will remain there but grayed out, allowing you to keep your place!


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Nice answer, but doesn't actually answer the question :/ – DavidPostill Jun 10 at 8:55
neat idea, I like it ;) – csomakk Jun 11 at 10:08

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