convert to short name

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i'm looking for a way to convert to a file's short name
without using the command prompt. anyone know how to do
this?
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    i know what short filenames are. i want to be able to
    access them quickly, such as in the file's properties. is
    this possible?

    >-----Original Message-----
    >Short file names
    >Every time you create a file with a long file name, NTFS
    creates a second file entry that has a similar 8.3 short
    file name. A file with an 8.3 short file name has a file
    name containing 1 to 8 characters and a file name
    extension containing 1 to 3 characters. The file name and
    file name extension are separated by a period.
    >
    >If you have a large number of files (300,000 or more) in
    a folder, and the files have long file names with the
    same initial characters, the time required to create the
    files increases. The increase occurs because NTFS bases
    the short file name on the first six characters of the
    long file name. In folders with more than 300,000 files,
    the short file names start to conflict after NTFS uses
    all of the 8.3 names that are similar to the long file
    names. Repeated conflicts between a generated short file
    name and existing short file names cause NTFS to
    regenerate the short file name from 6 to 8 times.
    >
    >To reduce the time required to create files, you can use
    the fsutil behavior set disable8dot3 command to disable
    the creation of 8.3 short file names. (You must restart
    your computer for this setting to take effect.) For more
    information about disabling 8.3 short file names, see "MS-
    DOS-Readable File Names on NTFS Volumes" later in this
    chapter.
    >
    >If you want NTFS to generate 8.3 names, you can improve
    performance by using a naming scheme in which long file
    names differ at the beginning instead of at the end of
    the name.
    >
    >For more information about short file names, see "File
    Names in Windows XP Professional"
    >
    >
    >--
    >Carey Frisch
    >Microsoft MVP
    >Windows XP - Shell/User
    >
    >
    >Be Smart! Protect your PC!
    >http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/
    >
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    >
    >"matt" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    message:
    > news:4fc301c473f2$0773dc90$a601280a@phx.gbl...
    >
    >| i'm looking for a way to convert to a file's short
    name
    >| without using the command prompt. anyone know how to
    do
    >| this?
    >
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