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Filemod Usage

Details of Usage

Windows:  95/98, 2000, Me, XP



Steps in Using Filemod

There are several steps in using the filemod program.  They are shown here.  And yes of course it is much faster after you have used it a few times.


1.      Get the Files Ready For Change in the Computer Itself

a.      Ensure files to be modified are in the same directory (folder) on your computer  – and are the only files in that computer target directory

b.      For simplicity best if using only one directory that has no subdirectories

c.      If using internal directories, exercise care to ensure that all included directories within the main one that you will target contain files that also are to be modified.

2.      Adjust Filemod to look at the right directory and files to be modified

a.      Adjust the drive name on the upper left of the program to the correct drive that will contain the files.  It is normally set to “C” drive

b.      Select the correct directory (folder) on that drive by selecting it within the middle program area called “Directory(s) to Modify”

c.      Ensure that the files to be modified are now shown on the left screen.  If using multiple directories, those directories will show on the middle screen “Directory(s) to Modify” but not the file list box on the left.

d.      Ensure any included directories include all files to be changed.  If not, use a file manager to move directories and or files till the directory you are aiming at is safe for all files to be modified

3.      Set Filemod options (more information on these below)

a.      These options are listed below.  Change the text combo box (the text box with the downward arrow under “- File Modify? -”) to the correct choice by clicking the downward arrow with your mouse and making the selection.  The selection you click should then show in the text box when done.

                                                               i.      To rename file names, use “make sequence”.  Note that after making that selection, that you will then be given the choice to change the name – shown as “name” with your mouse and keyboard to another, perhaps “NewYears” for example for new years photographs.  You can also set the sequence starting point.

                                                             ii.      To change many extensions to the same one select “extension”.  Then note that you will be asked the extension name to change to.  Include the “.” also, such as “.txt”

                                                            iii.      And so on

                                                           iv.      To change only a single file name, select “only one” or simply click the file on the left screen directly and watch the options change automatically to “only one”

b.      If attributes are desired to be changed, then instead of using the upper combo box, select using the lower one under “- File attributes -”

c.      Best to change only one type at a time – either names or attributes, but not both.  If you wish to change both the name and the attribute, do two passes

d.      Decide on safeties.  It is of course safer to work on only one directory with no internal directories (folders).  If so, best to leave all three safeties on.  If using multiple directories and you have checked to ensure safety, then you must temporarily turn off the safety “Only One Directory Allowed”

e.      Verify your settings before the next step and running the program.  It may be hard to go back to what you had

f.        If concerned, copy and save the files to be modified to another location in the computer before the next step and running the program

4.      Running Filemod

a.      Again, verify the settings, the directory to be modified, and the files inside before pressing “start”

b.      When ready, select the “start” button with the mouse

c.      If you have left the safety “Only One directory Allowed” on and there is more than one directory included (nested directories inside of the directory you have chosen) then the program will halt and give a message.

d.      If you have left the safety “Ask on First Changeout” on – and that is a great idea by the way - the program will ask about the very first item that it is to change.  If you have an error, this is the last stopping point to fix it, so please review it carefully.  If all is well, then continue the operation.

e.      Filemod will signal when done and tell in a text box in program upper middle how many files were done.  The directory and file box may change while work is being done.  That is normal.

5.      Done!

a.      File change results should show in the left file box.


Relevant Links
(includes this page)



filemod Software
main page


file name change
digital photo example


file name shorten




read-only attribute


System, Archive Attributes


File extension
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File Shredder
filemod / memmod


File Directory


File Delete




File Name
Find / Replace


File Name
Change Case


File Name



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