Considering any folder, is it possible to set a different display name for it without changing the real system name?

For example, to have a folder on any drive, like D:\foo and let it show up in windows explorer with the name foobar instead of foo.

I'm thinking of the "Program Files" or "Users" folder which are localized and have a different display name. So I guess it should be possible somehow...

  • The Users folders is localized through the Explorer shell as a Shell folder. – surfasb Aug 26 '11 at 17:08
  • Does this mean it's more or less hardcoded in the Explorer? – acme Aug 31 '11 at 14:45
  • The list of shell folders is hardcoded. What the shell folders point to isn't – surfasb Aug 31 '11 at 14:58

you could presumably use junctions or symlinks to link the real folder to the 'new' display name. Not sure if it'll work with hiding the original folder though.

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  • And probably more trouble than it's worth. – Shinrai Aug 26 '11 at 15:14
  • @Shinrai: Actually it's pretty darn easy. Just hide the real folder and present a Junction. Boom. – surfasb Aug 31 '11 at 14:59
  • @surfasb - When I said 'trouble' I meant more 'added complexity to your configuration' rather than 'difficulty'. It's not hard, you're right. – Shinrai Aug 31 '11 at 15:53
  • True, it isn't point and click. But I'd rather let the OP make that cost/benefit analysis. – surfasb Aug 31 '11 at 16:02

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