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Save-file dialog: Problem with double-click on folder

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by _G, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. _G

    _G Flightless Bird

    I love Win7, but there are a ton of little awkward things when moving
    up from XP. I'll see if I can describe this particular annoyance:

    When saving a file, with a lot of folders listed in the dialog, good
    old "XP" would descend into a folder with a simple double-click.
    Simple and intuitive.

    Not so with Win7. When double-clicking a file that's on the right
    side of the dialog, the first click gets routed to 'reposition'...IOW,
    it scrolls the whole folder list to the left. So then, of course, the
    second click of the double-click gets routed instead to another folder
    that has now been moved under the mouse cursor. So the second folder
    now gets scrolled to the left. And I'm still on the same folder
    level, but now have to hunt for the target folder again.

    The way around this is to first single-click the desired folder to
    bring it into focus, etc. Then double-click it. Awkward, and I can't
    seem to ever remember that, so my reflexes from years of Win95/ME/XP
    want to just double click the folder, resulting in the above.

    I ask about this on the slim chance that anyone can even follow that
    description, and that perhaps there is a registry fix.
     
  2. johnbee

    johnbee Flightless Bird

    "_G" <_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    news:6bmlr5d84s0r9a5bb82g21ltd4jf9oqe1j@4ax.com...
    > I love Win7, but there are a ton of little awkward things when moving
    > up from XP. I'll see if I can describe this particular annoyance:
    >
    > When saving a file, with a lot of folders listed in the dialog, good
    > old "XP" would descend into a folder with a simple double-click.
    > Simple and intuitive.
    >
    > Not so with Win7. When double-clicking a file that's on the right
    > side of the dialog, the first click gets routed to 'reposition'...IOW,
    > it scrolls the whole folder list to the left. So then, of course, the
    > second click of the double-click gets routed instead to another folder
    > that has now been moved under the mouse cursor. So the second folder
    > now gets scrolled to the left. And I'm still on the same folder
    > level, but now have to hunt for the target folder again.
    >
    > The way around this is to first single-click the desired folder to
    > bring it into focus, etc. Then double-click it. Awkward, and I can't
    > seem to ever remember that, so my reflexes from years of Win95/ME/XP
    > want to just double click the folder, resulting in the above.
    >
    > I ask about this on the slim chance that anyone can even follow that
    > description, and that perhaps there is a registry fix.


    I have certainly not done any special things to my win 7, (except disable
    the annoying auto-maximise) and my experience is that in this respect it
    works the same as did XP; Incidentally it might be that you have described
    it inaccurately - because when I save as and then double click on a file, it
    asks me whether I want to replace it.
     
  3. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 06 Apr 2010 02:59:42 -0400, _G wrote:

    > I love Win7, but there are a ton of little awkward things when moving
    > up from XP. I'll see if I can describe this particular annoyance:
    >
    > When saving a file, with a lot of folders listed in the dialog, good
    > old "XP" would descend into a folder with a simple double-click.
    > Simple and intuitive.
    >
    > Not so with Win7. When double-clicking a file that's on the right
    > side of the dialog, the first click gets routed to 'reposition'...IOW,
    > it scrolls the whole folder list to the left. So then, of course, the
    > second click of the double-click gets routed instead to another folder
    > that has now been moved under the mouse cursor. So the second folder
    > now gets scrolled to the left. And I'm still on the same folder
    > level, but now have to hunt for the target folder again.
    >
    > The way around this is to first single-click the desired folder to
    > bring it into focus, etc. Then double-click it. Awkward, and I can't
    > seem to ever remember that, so my reflexes from years of Win95/ME/XP
    > want to just double click the folder, resulting in the above.
    >
    > I ask about this on the slim chance that anyone can even follow that
    > description, and that perhaps there is a registry fix.


    I've had this experience and have pretty much gotten into the habit of
    clicking once, then finding the moved focus. Pretty much, but not yet 100%.

    An annoyance I see as related is that when I click on a folder in the file
    pane, the navigation pane is unaffected. It can take a while to find the
    desired folder on the left.

    Sorry that I have to limit my help to just commiserating...

    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
     
  4. _G

    _G Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 6 Apr 2010 21:15:24 +0100, "johnbee"
    <johnbrockbank@virginmedia.com> wrote:

    >
    >"_G" <_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    >news:6bmlr5d84s0r9a5bb82g21ltd4jf9oqe1j@4ax.com...
    >> I love Win7, but there are a ton of little awkward things when moving
    >> up from XP. I'll see if I can describe this particular annoyance:
    >>
    >> When saving a file, with a lot of folders listed in the dialog, good
    >> old "XP" would descend into a folder with a simple double-click.
    >> Simple and intuitive.
    >>
    >> Not so with Win7. When double-clicking a file that's on the right
    >> side of the dialog, the first click gets routed to 'reposition'...IOW,
    >> it scrolls the whole folder list to the left. So then, of course, the
    >> second click of the double-click gets routed instead to another folder
    >> that has now been moved under the mouse cursor. So the second folder
    >> now gets scrolled to the left. And I'm still on the same folder
    >> level, but now have to hunt for the target folder again.
    >>
    >> The way around this is to first single-click the desired folder to
    >> bring it into focus, etc. Then double-click it. Awkward, and I can't
    >> seem to ever remember that, so my reflexes from years of Win95/ME/XP
    >> want to just double click the folder, resulting in the above.
    >>
    >> I ask about this on the slim chance that anyone can even follow that
    >> description, and that perhaps there is a registry fix.

    >
    >I have certainly not done any special things to my win 7, (except disable
    >the annoying auto-maximise) and my experience is that in this respect it
    >works the same as did XP; Incidentally it might be that you have described
    >it inaccurately - because when I save as and then double click on a file, it
    >asks me whether I want to replace it.


    Folder, not file. No overwrite or anything. IOW, when you go to
    "save as...", then try to navigate to the target folder (in a
    directory that has a lot of subfolders), this happens.
     
  5. _G

    _G Flightless Bird

    On Tue, 6 Apr 2010 14:33:14 -0700, "Gene E. Bloch"
    <not-me@other.invalid> wrote:

    >On Tue, 06 Apr 2010 02:59:42 -0400, _G wrote:
    >
    >> I love Win7, but there are a ton of little awkward things when moving
    >> up from XP. I'll see if I can describe this particular annoyance:
    >>
    >> When saving a file, with a lot of folders listed in the dialog, good
    >> old "XP" would descend into a folder with a simple double-click.
    >> Simple and intuitive.
    >>
    >> Not so with Win7. When double-clicking a file that's on the right
    >> side of the dialog, the first click gets routed to 'reposition'...IOW,
    >> it scrolls the whole folder list to the left. So then, of course, the
    >> second click of the double-click gets routed instead to another folder
    >> that has now been moved under the mouse cursor. So the second folder
    >> now gets scrolled to the left. And I'm still on the same folder
    >> level, but now have to hunt for the target folder again.
    >>
    >> The way around this is to first single-click the desired folder to
    >> bring it into focus, etc. Then double-click it. Awkward, and I can't
    >> seem to ever remember that, so my reflexes from years of Win95/ME/XP
    >> want to just double click the folder, resulting in the above.
    >>
    >> I ask about this on the slim chance that anyone can even follow that
    >> description, and that perhaps there is a registry fix.

    >
    >I've had this experience and have pretty much gotten into the habit of
    >clicking once, then finding the moved focus. Pretty much, but not yet 100%.
    >
    >An annoyance I see as related is that when I click on a folder in the file
    >pane, the navigation pane is unaffected. It can take a while to find the
    >desired folder on the left.
    >
    >Sorry that I have to limit my help to just commiserating...


    <g> Well, that's probably all anyone can hope for in this case. There
    are registry patches for most of the big stuff, but this sounds like
    another one of those places where Microsoft fixed something that
    wasn't broken. Win7 is nice, but there are a lot of those. (Don't
    get me started on the XP/Vista toolbar folders that could be dragged
    to the desktop).

    At least I must have explained it adequately. And I am in good
    company in not being able to remember that single click. Just years of
    burned in reflex, I suppose. I have the feeling the designers of that
    particular feature did not suffer from that. <g>
     
  6. johnbee

    johnbee Flightless Bird

    "_G" <_G@nospam.com> wrote in message
    news:asbnr5d95md03g6p7mepc92atektat7ucr@4ax.com...
    > On Tue, 6 Apr 2010 21:15:24 +0100, "johnbee"
    > <johnbrockbank@virginmedia.com> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"_G" <_G@nospamfor.com> wrote in message
    >>news:6bmlr5d84s0r9a5bb82g21ltd4jf9oqe1j@4ax.com...
    >>> I love Win7, but there are a ton of little awkward things when moving
    >>> up from XP. I'll see if I can describe this particular annoyance:
    >>>
    >>> When saving a file, with a lot of folders listed in the dialog, good
    >>> old "XP" would descend into a folder with a simple double-click.
    >>> Simple and intuitive.
    >>>
    >>> Not so with Win7. When double-clicking a file that's on the right
    >>> side of the dialog, the first click gets routed to 'reposition'...IOW,
    >>> it scrolls the whole folder list to the left. So then, of course, the
    >>> second click of the double-click gets routed instead to another folder
    >>> that has now been moved under the mouse cursor. So the second folder
    >>> now gets scrolled to the left. And I'm still on the same folder
    >>> level, but now have to hunt for the target folder again.
    >>>
    >>> The way around this is to first single-click the desired folder to
    >>> bring it into focus, etc. Then double-click it. Awkward, and I can't
    >>> seem to ever remember that, so my reflexes from years of Win95/ME/XP
    >>> want to just double click the folder, resulting in the above.
    >>>
    >>> I ask about this on the slim chance that anyone can even follow that
    >>> description, and that perhaps there is a registry fix.

    >>
    >>I have certainly not done any special things to my win 7, (except disable
    >>the annoying auto-maximise) and my experience is that in this respect it
    >>works the same as did XP; Incidentally it might be that you have
    >>described
    >>it inaccurately - because when I save as and then double click on a file,
    >>it
    >>asks me whether I want to replace it.

    >
    > Folder, not file. No overwrite or anything. IOW, when you go to
    > "save as...", then try to navigate to the target folder (in a
    > directory that has a lot of subfolders), this happens.


    I just opened Notepad, typed some garble, and clicked save as, then
    navigated through the C drive, program files and so on down, and then up
    again to C and down through users etc. and could not see anything at all
    different from XP, or indeed anything back to Win95 and beyond. I reckon it
    is a setting or specific to some software where the programmer hasn't done
    the selection properly (that would be odd as it is standard fitting you drop
    into a form).
     

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