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Change the Finder's default name for duplicated files
Authored by: CaptDeuce on Sep 04, '07 05:33:14PM
Rather than creating a name like my file copy.ext, I'd like it to be copy of my file.ext, ...

[shudder] I hate that. Do you use Windows much by any chance? :-j

... so I can easily select the beginning and have copied files all sorted together.

I don't understand this. Yes, having things your way is a Good Thing™. Sure, grouping similar files can always be useful. But why in this fashion when there are several alternatives to without resorting to such a hack?

As far as I can see, selecting "copy x" with a mouse isn't significantly easier for a prefix than a suffix. Using a batch name changing utility renders the prefix/suffix completely insignificant. A batch utility may even be easier to use on individual files.

In particular, I'm very interested in the source of the dichotomy. In almost all instances, I prefer to have each of my file "species" kept together in a herd. The only time I want automatically created copies kept together is when I want to treat them as a group such as iWork's "Backup of" files which I just want to trash. But to help in manipulating the file name? I don't get it.

"Where's my other sock?" - A. Einstein

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Change the Finder's default name for duplicated files
Authored by: ClarkGoble on Sep 04, '07 10:07:52PM

It's easier for me because I have a bunch of files that are boilerplate. I make copies of them and then open them up in Excel, Word, etc. So I may have "Company Name Packing Slip.xls", "Company Name Packing Slip Samples.xls", "Company Name Letter.doc" and so forth. I then duplicate the files I need and then rename them and then open them.

Yes I could use real templates but often I find I've made a small change for some company and just want to copy that. (Say some message I'm just using for that week) So fixed templates aren't quite as flexible as I'd like.

What this tip does is sort them all by "Copy" so they are all together rather than spread out all over the list of names. It also means that when I rename them I just have to move the track pad down slightly and everything lines up. (i.e. no horizontal movement, just vertical) Whereas if "copy" is put as a suffix it is always in an inconsistent location.

Hope that helps.

Can't say it works for everyone's workflow but it improved mine sufficiently that the time I spent poking around in the Finder's innards seemed worth it.

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Change the Finder's default name for duplicated files
Authored by: paulpro on Sep 06, '07 07:34:31PM

Thanks for the explanation, I was also wondering how/where this might be useful. You've made it clear how it could be handy in certain circumstances.

Much appreciated.

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