Modifying file extensions in Windows Mobile

December 3rd, 2007 | Categories: pocket pc | Tags:

All I wanted to do was change hello.cpp to hello.txt on my PDA. You would think that changing the file extension of a file on a windows mobile 6 device would be easy wouldn’t you? Well you would be wrong. The built in file explorer is useless – there is no way to even get it to see the file extension let alone change it.

Thankfully there is a solution – someone in the forums over at mobilitysite suggested that I take a look at the freeware (or possibly shareware – I am not sure at the moment) application – Total Commander. This looks very similar to the built in file explorer but has a lot more functionality – there is even a built in text editor! Needless to say – changing the file extension is now a straightforward thing to do. I recommend this package to everyone without hesitation.

  1. Kirk
    January 17th, 2008 at 03:25
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    I’m so glad to find this. I’ve been trying to edit php scripts on my pocketpc and couldn’t figure out why they didn’t work in explorer. Then I realized that the file extension was hidden although I was naming the file *.php but it was actually naming *.php.txt. No wonder it didn’t work! So I found your entry on the other forum before I found this one. Without it, my google woudn’t have hit anything! Installing now…

  2. Kirk
    January 17th, 2008 at 03:26
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    BTW, love the blog design.

  3. admin
    January 17th, 2008 at 11:51
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    Thanks for the comments – I’m glad you found it useful :)

  4. Nigel
    February 6th, 2008 at 18:21
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    I had been hesitating to get it for some odd reason, but after some struggle to create python script, it has proven its value =]

    Agree with ^^ ;]

  5. Fyrinn
    April 18th, 2011 at 03:05
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    thanks! now i’ve the chance to write any script here (^.^)/