This article was previously published under Q252721
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256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry
When you use any of the following commands on a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) file with a .htm or .html extension, or a folder, the same action may be applied to a similarly named folder, or HTML file, in the same location:
If you move a file named Test.htm or Test.html, a Test_files or Test.files folder in the same location may also be moved.
If you delete a folder named Test_files or Test.files, a Test.htm or Test.html file in the same location may also be deleted.
When you use the Rename command to rename a file with a .htm or .html extension, such as a file named Test.htm, you may receive the following warning message:
Rename Warning! If you rename this file, it will no longer belong to the folder Test_files. To rename it safely, open the file, save it with a new name, and then delete the folder Test_files. Do you want to rename this file anyway?
Also, if you rename a folder, such as a folder named Test_files, you may receive the following warning message:
Rename Warning! If you rename this folder, the associated HTML file Test.htm might not work properly. To rename the folder without damaging any files, open Test.htm, save it with a new name, and then delete the folder Test_files. Do you want to rename this folder anyway?
This issue occurs because of the Connected Files feature implemented in Windows 2000.
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To work around this issue, either perform the commands listed earlier in this article at a command prompt, or use Registry Editor to disable the Connected Files feature:
Use Registry Editor to view the following registry key, and then add the following value to this key, or modify it if the value already exists:
Value: NoFileFolderConnection Value Type: REG_DWORD Value Data: 1
NOTE: This value is normally not defined, and file connection is enabled by default. A value of 1 disables file connection.
IMPORTANT: File connection should normally be enabled because other programs might depend on it. For example, Microsoft Internet Explorer uses the connected files naming convention when you save your Web page by selecting Web Page, complete (.*htm,*.html) in the Save as type dialog box. Disable file connection only if absolutely necessary.
This behavior is by design.
HTML documents often have a number of associated graphics files, a style sheet file, several Microsoft JScript files compatible with the European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA) 262 language specification files, and so on.
When you perform any of the commands listed earlier in this article on the primary HTML file, you usually want to perform the same command on its associated files as well to avoid breaking links. Until now, there has been no easy way to determine which files are related to any given HTML file other than by analyzing their contents.
Windows 2000 provides a simple way to connect a primary HTML file to its group of associated files. If Connected Files is enabled, when you perform any of the commands listed earlier in this article on a file or folder of associated files, the same command is performed on all connected files.
To create a group of connected files, the primary HTML file must have an .htm or .html file extension, and the associated files should reside in a subfolder of the parent folder of the primary file. The subfolder name must have the same name as the primary file without the .htm or .html extension, followed by one of the extensions listed later in this article. The most commonly used extensions are .files or _files. For example, if the primary file is named MyDoc.htm, naming the subfolder MyDoc_files defines the subfolder as the container for the connected files for this file. If you perform any of the commands listed earlier in this article on the primary file (or associated folder), the same command is performed on the subfolder and its files (or the primary HTML file).
For some languages, it is possible to use a localized equivalent of _files to create a subfolder for connected files. The following list contains the valid strings that can be appended to a document name to create a connected files subfolder. Note that some of these strings have a "-" character as their first character rather than a "_" or a "." character.
NOTE: This feature is sensitive to file extension case. For example, a subfolder named MyDoc_Files is not connected to MyDoc.htm.