SaveAs dialog changes file-name to save

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by BobF, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. BobF

    BobF Guest

    SaveAs dialog typically opens with the file-name box filled in with
    the name of the file being saved. E.g. download an internet file by
    using the context menu "Save As" choice. The file-name to be downloaded
    is automatically inserted into the "SaveAs" dialog.

    Very handy!

    Now, if you happen to click on a file in the display pane of the
    "SaveAs" dialog - say by accident or intentionally to delete no longer
    wanted files in that folder, THE FILE NAME TO BE SAVED

    At this point you've lost the name of the file chosen by the web site
    you are downloading from, or if you hit "Save" are running the risk of
    overwriting a file you don't want to overwrite.


    Can anyone explain to me how this is useful?

    Better yet, how can I turn off this feature so the original file-name
    is retained in the "SaveAs" dialog?
    BobF, Mar 17, 2008
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  2. Bob

    The Save As dialog box is not used for general file maintenance, like
    renaming, deleting, etc. You can do this in Windows Explorer.

    Here is how I use this feature. I have cetain websites where I save pages
    every few days, these files have very long custom names. When the page has
    added new information, I use the Save As dialog box to select the existing
    custom named file and click Save. A dialog box appears stating that the file
    already exists and do I want to replace the file, I click Yes and the file
    is updated.

    You will always get this warning dialog if you select a file that already

    If you do happen to accidentally click another file in the Save As dialog
    box, you can click the drop down arrow at the right side of the File Name
    Box and select the name that was automatically generated when you first
    opened the Save As dialog box.
    Ronnie Vernon MVP, Mar 18, 2008
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  3. BobF

    BobF Guest

    Thanks for identifying the drop-down list where the original file-nam
    has been stacked. I was not aware of this.

    I would estimate your use of SaveAs to remap filenames is les
    frequently used than to use SaveAs to just save using the automaticall
    filled in name. As such, I would prefer your use to require an extra gu
    step to do the remap and therefore allow the behavior of SaveAs to b
    altered to eliminate the confusion I find in its present state.

    If you frequently remap custom web pages onto standard file-names tha
    must be a pain to do over and over and over. Why not have automation t
    do this remapping for you? Even perhaps automation setup availabl
    through the SaveAs dialog
    BobF, Mar 19, 2008
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