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Changing the caption of a DOS box to the name of the current folder - a problem



 
 
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Old August 28th 19, 07:14 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
R.Wieser
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Default Changing the caption of a DOS box to the name of the current folder - a problem

Hello all,

A few weeks ago I got a bit fed up with having several minimized
command-prompt windows on my taskbar, and all displaying the same "command
prompt" caption text. So, I googled for a solution (duh).

What I found is the program "title", with which the "idle" caption of the
window can be set. As I start a batch file to open such a command prompt
(which gets the path to the folder in %1) I just added the line "title %~n1"
to set the caption to the name of the current folder.

The problem ofcourse is that when I execute a "cd" the caption doesn't
change to match the new folder. :-(

Does anyone know if the "title" program (or another /that comes with the
OS/) can be told to track the current folders name ?

Regards,
Rudy Wieser

Remark: If no program exists I will probably try to make one myself: I don't
think that the result will be pretty though (polling & updating
command-prompt windows every 100...1000 ms or so. yuck)



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Old August 30th 19, 09:12 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
Thun Clatrilly
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Default Changing the caption of a DOS box to the name of the current folder - a problem

R.Wieser writes:

A few weeks ago I got a bit fed up with having several minimized
command-prompt windows on my taskbar, and all displaying the same "command
prompt" caption text. So, I googled for a solution (duh).

What I found is the program "title", with which the "idle" caption of the
window can be set. As I start a batch file to open such a command prompt
(which gets the path to the folder in %1) I just added the line "title %~n1"
to set the caption to the name of the current folder.

The problem ofcourse is that when I execute a "cd" the caption doesn't
change to match the new folder. :-(

Does anyone know if the "title" program (or another /that comes with the
OS/) can be told to track the current folders name ?

Regards,
Rudy Wieser



May I humbly offer this pathway to your goal?

1. Kindly create a BAT file which changes the caption to match the
name of the current folder, wherever that might to be.

==========================================
@Setlocal ENABLEEXTENSIONS
@Echo OFF
Set CAPTION=%CD%
For %%F in ("%CD%") do (
Set CAPTION=%%~nxF
)
Title %CAPTION%
==========================================

2. Then kindly use the Windows DOSKEY command to redefine the CD
commandas a macro. The macro shall first execute the build-in CD
with parameters to change the folder. The macro shall then execute
the BAT file to set the caption to the name of the new current
folder.


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Old August 31st 19, 09:05 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
R.Wieser
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Default Changing the caption of a DOS box to the name of the current folder - a problem

Thun,

May I humbly offer this pathway to your goal?


You certainly may. :-) And thank you for doing so.

Though the thing is that I mentioned "cd" as an example. There are more
ways to change the current directory (including inside (batch) programs),
and I hoped to catch them all with a single method.

1. Kindly create a BAT file which changes the caption to
match the name of the current folder


Am I wrong, or does that batchfile not actually change the current directory
? whistle :-)

Regards,
Rudy Wieser


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Old August 31st 19, 08:36 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
R.Wieser
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Default Changing the caption of a DOS box to the name of the current folder - a problem

Thun,

Am I wrong, or does that batchfile not actually change the current
directory ? whistle :-)


2. The macro shall first execute the build-in CD with parameters to
change the folder. The macro shall then execute the BAT file


Whoops, I missed that part. Sorry.

I also found the following page, showing different implementations of what
you suggested:
https://superuser.com/questions/1433...-in-windows-xp

Regards,
Rudy Wieser


 




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