Saturday, February 6, 2010

Un-name a folder in Windows based systems

A friend of mine, who knew much of the computer, sort of geek, once told me about a glitch in Windows systems.
We cannot name a folder as 'con' directly. Why?
It is because just like any other software, windows was also made using some language and Windows has its own reserved keywords. 'Con' happens to be one of them. It is a keyword for Console and hence naming a folder as con is forbidden in the windows based systems.
But there is always a way around, and in most of the cases, many!
Some of them that I have come to know through internet scavenging are :
Use DOS Prompt:
md \\.\c:\con
the problem is that this folder cannot be manipulated from the GUI. Try deleting it from the GUI using Shift+Del. Nothing will happen.

Use Alt+255:
 Click on the folder
alt+255 con
 Now it can be accessed and deleted like a normal folder.

Use Alt+0160:
alt+0160 con
 This can also be used to remove the name for any folder. Just press Alt+0160 and delete the name of the folder. 
It becomes a Folder without any name.
But remember to use the numpad for this purpose. The traditional number keys won't work.
*I acknowledge the internet for this information. I have myself tried this trick and it did not cause any problem to me or my computer. If something happens to your Computer, then probably you did not love it enough.


Deepika Vasudeva said...

i didn't knew we can't name a folder "con"..

i'll try this..

Deepika Vasudeva said...

i just tried it... amazing.
thanks for the tricks. :D

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