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Topic # 101802 9-May-2012 09:38 Send private message

I have made a list of the contents of a folder using the DOS commands.  I have 600 odd files in 300 odd sub directories.

I need to make a good looking table of contents, i.e. the style I would have in Microsoft Word using the Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3 options.

My problem is that the list that DOS spit out is 40 pages long, and will require me going through line by line and deleting the date, time and file size of each document, then organising into a proper list that can give me the table of contents.

My question is - is there a program / better way of doing this or do I need to put in the grunt work?  It seems very repetitive, and it seem like it would be simple to make software to do it (if I could actually make software to do it).  Could be a good way to make $ for someone?

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  Reply # 622095 9-May-2012 10:00 Send private message

If you're doing it from a command prompt, something like this might help:
dir /s /b c:\Temp >results.txt
That should give you a clean list of file names & paths for the C:\Temp directory and all subdirectories

A better way would be to create a VBA script to list the contents of a directory.

Here's a VBscript that does the job, shouldn't be too difficult to convert it to a VBA: http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2004/10/20/how-can-i-get-a-list-of-all-the-files-in-a-folder-and-its-subfolders.aspx

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  Reply # 622127 9-May-2012 11:29 Send private message

Use the Tree command and pipe it to a text file

Tree > tree.txt



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  Reply # 622132 9-May-2012 11:39 Send private message

Thanks for the advice - but I dont really know how to code and do the more complicated stuff like that (I had to read a few articles to remember how to even use the command prompt to print it out).  Are their easier options?

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  Reply # 622138 9-May-2012 11:49 Send private message

Could you first import the list into excel, do the tweaking in there to get rid of the extra info, and then paste it into word?

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  Reply # 622577 9-May-2012 22:12 Send private message

Or you could paste the file paths first into notepad++, which has some powerful find and replace tools that are quite easy to learn

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  Reply # 624899 14-May-2012 14:45 Send private message

Or you could try using Notepad++ , it has powerful find and replace functions for that kind of task.

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