Windows File Structure


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Guest

I create a file folder and set of subfolders for each new project I work on.
In each project folder, I have identical subfolders (project proposal,
research, project management, contract administration etc.).

I would like to create a file folder/subfolder template and copy and paste
it for each new project I work on. That way I wopuldn't have to go through
the tedious process of creating a new project folder, entering the name of
the project and doing the name for each subfolder when the subfolder names
are identical to every other project folder.

Is there a way to copy a folder and all of its subfolder with names only,
i.e. without copying the files contained there?
 
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Ronnie Vernon MVP

TomS said:
I create a file folder and set of subfolders for each new project I
work on. In each project folder, I have identical subfolders (project
proposal, research, project management, contract administration etc.).

I would like to create a file folder/subfolder template and copy and
paste it for each new project I work on. That way I wopuldn't have
to go through the tedious process of creating a new project folder,
entering the name of the project and doing the name for each
subfolder when the subfolder names are identical to every other
project folder.

Is there a way to copy a folder and all of its subfolder with names
only, i.e. without copying the files contained there?
If I understand correctly, you want a template of a parent folder (Project) that contains sub-folders. The project folder has a proprietary name but the sub-folders have static names.

You can create a new folder called Project Template, in a handy location, and create the generic project folder with all of the sub-folders inside this template folder. When you start a new project, simply copy this project folder with all of it's sub-folders to the location where you keep this data. You can then rename the project folder and be ready to go.
 
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David Candy

The smart way is Ronnie's. But you can do what you ask with XCopy. Type it in Help. Especially /t /e switches.

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Ronnie Vernon MVP said:
I create a file folder and set of subfolders for each new project I
work on. In each project folder, I have identical subfolders (project
proposal, research, project management, contract administration etc.).

I would like to create a file folder/subfolder template and copy and
paste it for each new project I work on. That way I wopuldn't have
to go through the tedious process of creating a new project folder,
entering the name of the project and doing the name for each
subfolder when the subfolder names are identical to every other
project folder.

Is there a way to copy a folder and all of its subfolder with names
only, i.e. without copying the files contained there?
If I understand correctly, you want a template of a parent folder (Project) that contains sub-folders. The project folder has a proprietary name but the sub-folders have static names.

You can create a new folder called Project Template, in a handy location, and create the generic project folder with all of the sub-folders inside this template folder. When you start a new project, simply copy this project folder with all of it's sub-folders to the location where you keep this data. You can then rename the project folder and be ready to go.
 
G

Guest

I'm going to study xcopy some more and play with it. I think that will come
in very handy as I migrate my files into archive at the end of year and
rebuild the new years files. Thank you.
 
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David Candy

Remember you can copy an existing folder and then use search to search for all files and delete them to empty the folder structure.
 
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Stan Brown

Dateline Fri, 14 Oct 2005 14:48:01 -0700 from <=?Utf-8?B?
VG9tUyBoYXMgcXVlc3Rpb25z?= <TomS has
(e-mail address removed)>>:
I create a file folder and set of subfolders for each new project I work on.
In each project folder, I have identical subfolders (project proposal,
research, project management, contract administration etc.).

I would like to create a file folder/subfolder template and copy and paste
it for each new project I work on. That way I wopuldn't have to go through
the tedious process of creating a new project folder, entering the name of
the project and doing the name for each subfolder when the subfolder names
are identical to every other project folder.

Is there a way to copy a folder and all of its subfolder with names only,
i.e. without copying the files contained there?
Open a command prompt and use the XCOPY command with the /T and /E
options -- "creates directory structure, but does not copy files" is
/T, and "including empty subdirectories" is /E.

You don't need a template this way; you can use one of your existing
projects as the source.
 
G

Guest

IS there a way to export a file structure of directories and subdirectories
to another user via an email attachment?
 
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David Candy

In a zip file or make a batch file

MD TopDir
MD TopDir\SubDir1
MD TopDir\SubDir1\SubSub1
MD TopDir\SubDir1\SubSub2
MD TopDir\SubDir2\SubSub1
MD TopDir\SubDir2\SubSub2
 

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