dbr1066 - 4:08 pm on Oct 22, 2013 (gmt 0)
I really appreciate you taking the time to reply.
I may have not made myself clear. When I mentioned canonical urls I meant that all my pages use a self-referencing <link rel="http://www.example.com/directory/page.htm" /> tag in the header, so there should be no confusion over duplicate URLs.
I do not wish to redirect '/directory/index.htm' to '/directory/', rather I want to let Google know that I have ONE page, and its at /directory/index.htm'. I assume that is best done with a 301 redirect to the actual page. I have a huge website, and all my internal links are to the actual html page not to the directory, and I have thouands of external links to the actual urls, NOT to the /directory/ url.
Gosh, I hope I'm explaining myself clearly. If anyone has ideas how to redirect any requests for '/directory/' to /directory/whatever.htm' I'd sure appreciate the help.