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Show File and Folder Names Using the Correct Case (Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP) Popular

Some versions of Windows will attempt to adjust the capitalization of files and folders that are in all uppercase to make them more visually pleasing. For example, if you create a folder named "C:\ALLINCAPS" Windows will actually display it as "C:\Allincaps". This feature can be disabled using this tweak.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "DontPrettyPath" and set it to equal "1" to display the file using their original capitalization or "0" to adjust the caps.

Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|DontPrettyPathREG_DWORD0x00000001 (1)|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\...|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
Advanced]
Value Name: DontPrettyPath
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = adjust caps, 1 = show caps)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: December 12, 2002