Some time we need to change information related to file such as its attributes e.g. date and time when the file was created and modified etc. Sometime we need to change the file extension but we are unable to do this directly by renaming it. Suppose we have an exe file named “stop” and we want to change the file extension to any other such as .example i.e. stop.example instead of stop.exe but we can’t do it by adding .example. So below are the methods to change different identity information of a file.
Changing File extension using folder options
It is the simple method and you can change file type by playing little with folder options. First open “My computer” and locate “Folder Options” in upper option-bar (tools > folder options).
Here you will find 4 tabs “general”,”view”,”file types”,”offline files”. Here select tab “view”
In “view” see the option “Hidden files and folders”. Here remove the tick from option “Hide extensions for known file types”.
Now you can change the file type by just renaming a file.
Changing file extension by using File Extension Changer
You can also change file type without disturbing your windows default folder options using this free software
First download the File extension changer free. [link] (312kb in size)
Install it and make right lick on a file you want to change and select option “change file extension”
Now easily change file extension whatever you want
Changing files attributes
You can change different file attributes such as time and date of file creation,modification etc by a little tool named Attribute changer. You can download this software for free.[link]
To use this software after installation make right click on a file and select option “change attributes”.
If we want to run an application automatically at a specific time then it is called task scheduling. Suppose we want to play a mp3 file at 5:03 pm automatically then we can schedule this mp3 file play for this time.
How it works
Scheduling an application or any file is an easy to do work in Windows XP and it can be done in only few steps. Here is a little demo to show how schedule task option works.
First locate the schedule task option by doing this
start menu > control panel > scheduled tasks. You can also locate by typing following command in win explorer bar c:\windows\tasks\
Here right mouse click and select “new >scheduled task”
Now you can customize the task settings. First browse the file to schedule
Then set execution or playing frequency,time and day then apply settings. All done now your scheduled application or media file will work at the specified time automatically
You can also set stop time or duration of application run
You must set the Windows log on user account password otherwise task scheduling will not work.
Every couple of years or so, I format my PC’s hard drive, reinstall Windows, and start again with a clean slate. Instead of automatically reinstalling all the programs I had running before, I start working, and reinstall applications on an as-I-need-them basis. Here are the Windows apps I run on my clean new Windows desktop now.
Primarily I use Windows XP Pro; never quite made the full-time switch to Vista. Many of the apps below are directly related to what I have do to as a tech writer, so as always, your mileage can and will vary. All items are free to download unless otherwise noted.
Web Browsing software for Windows
Firefox (primary web browser) with many extensions:
Foxmarks (bookmark synchronizer)–must-have for anyone who uses more than one computer