How to Copy and Paste a List of Filenames on a Platform Running Windows
The following procedure allows you to copy a text list of filenames on a
platform running Windows without any graphical icons, file sizes, or other
extraneous information about the file. Such a text list of filenames is required
by the Web site for uploading descriptions of data files for ORNL Microarray
In the steps below, options that you select are shown in italics,
and commands that you type are shown in teletype.
From the Start menu, select Run.
In the Run window, select the cmd (command) program,
or type cmd in the "Open" text box in the Run window.
A cmd window will open. You will type commands at the ">" prompt.
Next you must change directories in order to set your current
directory to the directory that contains the files that you are
planning to upload. This is accomplished by typing cd (change
directory) followed by the path of the directory that you want to
change to. For example, to change from the current directory to
the directory, vimssdata/microarray/exp15, you would type
at the prompt. Note that you can use the dir command to get
a listing of the files and subdirectories in a directory. To do this,
type dir at the prompt.
Once you reach the directory with the filenames that you
want to copy and paste, type
This will list the files without any dates, file sizes, etc.
Copying and pasting the list of filenames requires several steps
using the mouse buttons. First click on the right mouse button,
and a small menu will pop-up.
Select the Mark option from the small pop-up menu by
positioning the cursor on the word, and clicking on the left
To select (mark) the files, position the cursor on the first letter of
the first filename in the list. Hold down the left mouse button,
and drag the cursor to the end of the last filename making sure that all
letters of all filenames are entirely contained within the highlighted area.
This is the same way you would select a block of text in a Word document or
on a Web page.
You will see that the filenames are highlighted (usually in white).
To copy the files, press the Enter key on your keyboard.
Note that the highlighting will disappear, but the files will have been
copied to a "clipboard".
Return to the Web interface and by moving the mouse, put the cursor
in the text box where you want to paste the list of files. Click
the right mouse button to put the focus in the text box and to
pop-up a small menu.
Select Paste from the pop-up menus (click on the word using
either the left or right mouse buttons), and the list of files
should be pasted in.
If you have questions or comments on this page, please contact Janet Jacobsen
This page was last revised on October 5, 2004.