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Disappearing files

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by P, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. P

    P Flightless Bird

    I have problems with files not appearing in Windows Explorer screens. This
    has happened with Word .docx files and now a Publisher file I converted to
    PDF.

    I am using Office 2007. Acrobat 9 is installed - today updated to 9.4
    Perhaps that is the problem and I should revert the drive to the way it was
    before the update.

    Is there a way to make sure that Windows Explorer is showing all the files
    in a folder. This one is there, Acrobat finds it in the Recent files list
    but I am not allowed to see it.

    Any ideas please?

    Paul.
     
  2. philo

    philo Flightless Bird

    On 10/08/2010 12:25 AM, P wrote:
    > I have problems with files not appearing in Windows Explorer screens.
    > This has happened with Word .docx files and now a Publisher file I
    > converted to PDF.
    >
    > I am using Office 2007. Acrobat 9 is installed - today updated to 9.4
    > Perhaps that is the problem and I should revert the drive to the way it
    > was before the update.
    >
    > Is there a way to make sure that Windows Explorer is showing all the
    > files in a folder. This one is there, Acrobat finds it in the Recent
    > files list but I am not allowed to see it.
    >
    > Any ideas please?
    >
    > Paul.
    >
    >
    >



    Is it hidden perhaps?

    Enable Windows explorer to see hidden files
     
  3. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "P" <thomaspz@_takeout_bigpond.com> wrote in message
    news:sXxro.1315$Bv4.525@viwinnwfe01.internal.bigpond.com...
    > I have problems with files not appearing in Windows Explorer screens. This has happened with Word
    > .docx files and now a Publisher file I converted to PDF.
    >
    > I am using Office 2007. Acrobat 9 is installed - today updated to 9.4 Perhaps that is the problem
    > and I should revert the drive to the way it was before the update.
    >
    > Is there a way to make sure that Windows Explorer is showing all the files in a folder. This one
    > is there, Acrobat finds it in the Recent files list but I am not allowed to see it.
    >
    > Any ideas please?
    >
    > Paul.
    >
    >
    >


    To see all files go to Folder Options:
    Control Panel > (Appearance and Personalization) > Folder Options
    On the view tab, halfway down, there are several settings regarding
    hidden and system files etc.
    What happens when you do a search for your missing PDF file ?
     
  4. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 8 Oct 2010 16:25:47 +1100, "P" <thomaspz@_takeout_bigpond.com>
    wrote:

    >I have problems with files not appearing in Windows Explorer screens. This
    >has happened with Word .docx files and now a Publisher file I converted to
    >PDF.
    >
    >I am using Office 2007. Acrobat 9 is installed - today updated to 9.4
    >Perhaps that is the problem and I should revert the drive to the way it was
    >before the update.
    >
    >Is there a way to make sure that Windows Explorer is showing all the files
    >in a folder. This one is there, Acrobat finds it in the Recent files list
    >but I am not allowed to see it.
    >
    >Any ideas please?


    I supported a user awhile back who frequently complained of missing
    files, yet they would open if they were still on the Recent files
    list. It turned out she was saving them to a different folder than the
    one she was looking in with Explorer.

    As someone else suggested, a general search may turn them up.
     
  5. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 08 Oct 2010, Char Jackson <none@none.invalid> wrote in
    alt.windows7.general:

    > I supported a user awhile back who frequently complained of
    > missing files, yet they would open if they were still on the
    > Recent files list. It turned out she was saving them to a
    > different folder than the one she was looking in with Explorer.
    >
    > As someone else suggested, a general search may turn them up.


    I suspect it's something like this. Explorer does hide system and
    hidden files by default, but common data files will always be
    displayed. And just because a file is listed in Recent Files doesn't
    mean it really exists. I bet the original poster has just misplaced or
    deleted them.
     
  6. P

    P Flightless Bird

    Thanks for your suggestions but I have found it - by chance I believe.

    The folder was being displayed in date order with weird subheadings such
    as - today, last week, I forget the exact headings because I found them so
    irritating but I am sure one was "a long time ago". Would you believe that?
    I mean, is this OS for kindergarten or what? Anyway I finally got rid of
    them by selecting "Arrange by Folder" and there was the list in simple date
    order with the missing file where it should have been.

    There are many things about Win 7 that make me wonder what the people as
    Microsoft are on - and no, I don't want any.

    Paul



    "Nil" <rednoise@REMOVETHIScomcast.net> wrote in message
    news:Xns9E0B7BB3B9008nilch1@130.133.4.11...
    > On 08 Oct 2010, Char Jackson <none@none.invalid> wrote in
    > alt.windows7.general:
    >
    >> I supported a user awhile back who frequently complained of
    >> missing files, yet they would open if they were still on the
    >> Recent files list. It turned out she was saving them to a
    >> different folder than the one she was looking in with Explorer.
    >>
    >> As someone else suggested, a general search may turn them up.

    >
    > I suspect it's something like this. Explorer does hide system and
    > hidden files by default, but common data files will always be
    > displayed. And just because a file is listed in Recent Files doesn't
    > mean it really exists. I bet the original poster has just misplaced or
    > deleted them.
     
  7. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "P" <thomaspz@_takeout_bigpond.com> wrote in message
    news:zLWro.1376$hz6.1294@viwinnwfe02.internal.bigpond.com...
    > Thanks for your suggestions but I have found it - by chance I believe.
    >
    > The folder was being displayed in date order with weird subheadings such as - today, last week, I
    > forget the exact headings because I found them so irritating but I am sure one was "a long time
    > ago". Would you believe that? I mean, is this OS for kindergarten or what? Anyway I finally got
    > rid of them by selecting "Arrange by Folder" and there was the list in simple date order with the
    > missing file where it should have been.
    >
    > There are many things about Win 7 that make me wonder what the people as Microsoft are on - and
    > no, I don't want any.
    >
    > Paul
    >


    I've never seen a listing with ' a long time ago ' as a header.
    Are you sure you are using Windows Explorer ?
     
  8. P

    P Flightless Bird

    Yes I am certain, "A long time ago" is one of the headings. Yes, I am using
    Windows Explorer in Windows 7.

    Paul


    "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote in message
    news:t6idnXxRqNtYoS3RnZ2dnUVZ8gOdnZ2d@giganews.com...
    >
    > "P" <thomaspz@_takeout_bigpond.com> wrote in message
    > news:zLWro.1376$hz6.1294@viwinnwfe02.internal.bigpond.com...
    >> Thanks for your suggestions but I have found it - by chance I believe.
    >>
    >> The folder was being displayed in date order with weird subheadings such
    >> as - today, last week, I forget the exact headings because I found them
    >> so irritating but I am sure one was "a long time ago". Would you believe
    >> that? I mean, is this OS for kindergarten or what? Anyway I finally got
    >> rid of them by selecting "Arrange by Folder" and there was the list in
    >> simple date order with the missing file where it should have been.
    >>
    >> There are many things about Win 7 that make me wonder what the people as
    >> Microsoft are on - and no, I don't want any.
    >>
    >> Paul
    >>

    >
    > I've never seen a listing with ' a long time ago ' as a header.
    > Are you sure you are using Windows Explorer ?
    >
    >
    >
     
  9. Ed Cryer

    Ed Cryer Flightless Bird

    On 09/10/2010 10:58, Dave-UK wrote:
    >
    > "P" <thomaspz@_takeout_bigpond.com> wrote in message
    > news:zLWro.1376$hz6.1294@viwinnwfe02.internal.bigpond.com...
    >> Thanks for your suggestions but I have found it - by chance I believe.
    >>
    >> The folder was being displayed in date order with weird subheadings
    >> such as - today, last week, I forget the exact headings because I
    >> found them so irritating but I am sure one was "a long time ago".
    >> Would you believe that? I mean, is this OS for kindergarten or what?
    >> Anyway I finally got rid of them by selecting "Arrange by Folder" and
    >> there was the list in simple date order with the missing file where it
    >> should have been.
    >>
    >> There are many things about Win 7 that make me wonder what the people
    >> as Microsoft are on - and no, I don't want any.
    >>
    >> Paul
    >>

    >
    > I've never seen a listing with ' a long time ago ' as a header.
    > Are you sure you are using Windows Explorer ?
    >
    >
    >


    I've seen it many times; and just checked again 2 minutes ago.
    Pick a folder, change default "arange by" (top right) from folder to
    date modified, and look.
    I get "earlier this week", "earlier this year" followed by "a long time
    ago". But there's a date after each one which kind of makes it better.

    Ed
     
  10. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "P" <thomaspz@_takeout_bigpond.com> wrote in message
    news:d7Yro.1425$Bv4.632@viwinnwfe01.internal.bigpond.com...
    > Yes I am certain, "A long time ago" is one of the headings. Yes, I am using Windows Explorer in
    > Windows 7.
    >
    > Paul
    >
    >


    OK, I've found it.
    You have the 'Goup by date ' option enabled.
    Right-click on an empty area on the right side of an open window
    and select ' Group by' > (None).
     
  11. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 9 Oct 2010 20:39:45 +1100, "P" <thomaspz@_takeout_bigpond.com>
    wrote:

    >Thanks for your suggestions but I have found it - by chance I believe.
    >
    >The folder was being displayed in date order with weird subheadings such
    >as - today, last week, I forget the exact headings because I found them so
    >irritating but I am sure one was "a long time ago". Would you believe that?


    Ah so, a simple case of user error. I'm glad the mystery is solved.
     
  12. John Ferrell

    John Ferrell Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 9 Oct 2010 12:58:51 +0100, "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote:

    >
    >"P" <thomaspz@_takeout_bigpond.com> wrote in message
    >news:d7Yro.1425$Bv4.632@viwinnwfe01.internal.bigpond.com...
    >> Yes I am certain, "A long time ago" is one of the headings. Yes, I am using Windows Explorer in
    >> Windows 7.
    >>
    >> Paul
    >>
    >>

    >
    >OK, I've found it.
    >You have the 'Goup by date ' option enabled.
    >Right-click on an empty area on the right side of an open window
    >and select ' Group by' > (None).
    >
    >

    That may explainj some of my problems as well.

    I thought it was just more of my advancing senility. Sort of "I know I
    have it, I just don't know where it is!"

    John Ferrell W8CCW
     
  13. Dave-UK

    Dave-UK Flightless Bird

    "John Ferrell" <jferrell13@triad.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:bmb1b69l98c51ft5jttcjnb65npgvonos6@4ax.com...
    > On Sat, 9 Oct 2010 12:58:51 +0100, "Dave-UK" <Here@Home.com> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"P" <thomaspz@_takeout_bigpond.com> wrote in message
    >>news:d7Yro.1425$Bv4.632@viwinnwfe01.internal.bigpond.com...
    >>> Yes I am certain, "A long time ago" is one of the headings. Yes, I am using Windows Explorer in
    >>> Windows 7.
    >>>
    >>> Paul
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>OK, I've found it.
    >>You have the 'Goup by date ' option enabled.
    >>Right-click on an empty area on the right side of an open window
    >>and select ' Group by' > (None).
    >>
    >>

    > That may explainj some of my problems as well.
    >
    > I thought it was just more of my advancing senility. Sort of "I know I
    > have it, I just don't know where it is!"
    >
    > John Ferrell W8CCW


    I don't use the 'Group by' function so have never seen the heading.
    I wonder how Microsoft decide how long 'A long time ago' is!
     
  14. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    You simply selected the option Group By Date.

    On 10/9/2010 04:39, P wrote:
    > Thanks for your suggestions but I have found it - by chance I believe.
    >
    > The folder was being displayed in date order with weird subheadings such
    > as - today, last week, I forget the exact headings because I found them
    > so irritating but I am sure one was "a long time ago". Would you believe
    > that? I mean, is this OS for kindergarten or what? Anyway I finally got
    > rid of them by selecting "Arrange by Folder" and there was the list in
    > simple date order with the missing file where it should have been.
    >
    > There are many things about Win 7 that make me wonder what the people as
    > Microsoft are on - and no, I don't want any.
    >
    > Paul
    >
    >
    >
    > "Nil" <rednoise@REMOVETHIScomcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:Xns9E0B7BB3B9008nilch1@130.133.4.11...
    >> On 08 Oct 2010, Char Jackson <none@none.invalid> wrote in
    >> alt.windows7.general:
    >>
    >>> I supported a user awhile back who frequently complained of
    >>> missing files, yet they would open if they were still on the
    >>> Recent files list. It turned out she was saving them to a
    >>> different folder than the one she was looking in with Explorer.
    >>>
    >>> As someone else suggested, a general search may turn them up.

    >>
    >> I suspect it's something like this. Explorer does hide system and
    >> hidden files by default, but common data files will always be
    >> displayed. And just because a file is listed in Recent Files doesn't
    >> mean it really exists. I bet the original poster has just misplaced or
    >> deleted them.

    >
     
  15. P

    P Flightless Bird

    Thanks to all for your suggestions and comments. I have mine fixed now and I
    am glad some others have been able to fix theirs.

    I still think this is childish. I can't see a worthwhile use for these
    "group by" sorts. A lot of the time a list in date order is what is wanted
    and I think we can look at the date and see where "a long time ago" starts
    for us.

    It seems to me that Microsoft has reached the limit of what they can think
    of to add to the OS and to Office software and are just fiddling round the
    edges. I often find the results frustrating, especially when it takes 10 or
    15 minutes in Word to find a command that I previously went to almost
    automatically.

    And I won't start on the near-paranoid security measures and and having to
    confirm several times that I want to do something and being told I don't
    have permission to do some thing on MY computer of which I am the sole user.
    Someone thinks all this is progress!!

    Paul


    "Ed Cryer" <ed@somewhere.in.the.uk> wrote in message
    news:i8pl5n$f05$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > On 09/10/2010 10:58, Dave-UK wrote:
    >>
    >> "P" <thomaspz@_takeout_bigpond.com> wrote in message
    >> news:zLWro.1376$hz6.1294@viwinnwfe02.internal.bigpond.com...
    >>> Thanks for your suggestions but I have found it - by chance I believe.
    >>>
    >>> The folder was being displayed in date order with weird subheadings
    >>> such as - today, last week, I forget the exact headings because I
    >>> found them so irritating but I am sure one was "a long time ago".
    >>> Would you believe that? I mean, is this OS for kindergarten or what?
    >>> Anyway I finally got rid of them by selecting "Arrange by Folder" and
    >>> there was the list in simple date order with the missing file where it
    >>> should have been.
    >>>
    >>> There are many things about Win 7 that make me wonder what the people
    >>> as Microsoft are on - and no, I don't want any.
    >>>
    >>> Paul
    >>>

    >>
    >> I've never seen a listing with ' a long time ago ' as a header.
    >> Are you sure you are using Windows Explorer ?
    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    > I've seen it many times; and just checked again 2 minutes ago.
    > Pick a folder, change default "arange by" (top right) from folder to date
    > modified, and look.
    > I get "earlier this week", "earlier this year" followed by "a long time
    > ago". But there's a date after each one which kind of makes it better.
    >
    > Ed
     
  16. Ed Cryer

    Ed Cryer Flightless Bird

    On 10/10/2010 07:06, P wrote:
    >


    >>>> Thanks for your suggestions but I have found it - by chance I believe.
    >>>>
    >>>> The folder was being displayed in date order with weird subheadings
    >>>> such as - today, last week, I forget the exact headings because I
    >>>> found them so irritating but I am sure one was "a long time ago".
    >>>> Would you believe that? I mean, is this OS for kindergarten or what?
    >>>> Anyway I finally got rid of them by selecting "Arrange by Folder" and
    >>>> there was the list in simple date order with the missing file where it
    >>>> should have been.
    >>>>
    >>>> There are many things about Win 7 that make me wonder what the people
    >>>> as Microsoft are on - and no, I don't want any.
    >>>>
    >>>> Paul
    >>>>


    Shake an open window and all the others get minimised.
    Cool, but I never use it.
    Similarly with Win+shift+tab; a revolving display.
    Cool, but I never use it.

    Ed
     

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