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Quite frequently, the programs which show the directory, such as File Manager and the Open and Save As dialogs, don't show any titles, as shown in the photo below. I have to shut down and restart the computer to restore the titles. It is quite annoying when you go to save something, or open a file, and you can't find the folder or file. Shutting down and restarting means that you usually have to redo what you were working on. Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this?

 

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This photo of the screen was taken with my iPhone because I couldn't save a screen capture from the Snipping Tool.

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Crap programming...

 

Seriously, I have never had File misManager not be able to show me the names of directories or filenames, so it could be anything...

 

The Save As dialogue will depend on what language the software is written in... If they use Swing in Java, but choose not to check the O/S for being Windows and not use the Windows "Look and Feel", who knows what will happen...

 

Although, if it sorts itself out after a reboot, it could be all sorts of things gone wrong., usually around caching the file system. Does it happen after you download stiff from a camera/phone connected through USB or from the intersplodgy thing Rather than rebooting, log out of Windows and Log Back in to see if it happens..

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Thanks Jerry. It usually happens after the computer has been hibernating. If I'm away from the computer for 10 minutes or more and it goes to sleep, the problem seems to occur after I wake it up.

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It had a search feature "updated" in File Manager - where it tries to guess your search string in the same way google does. I doesn't sound like it should give you the issues, but since most implementations of file dialogue boxes and File Manager use the same core windows DLLs, it could. Was it happening in previous versions of Windows 10?

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Win 10 Home v.1909.

 

There's your problem... your system's 111 years out of date.

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I have noticed ( something on my laptop/tablet): "&amp" . appears when hitting the "&" key.

other's seem to have this same problem.

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Peter, you can usually find solutions to common Windows OS faults with a Google search.

 

It seems the problem of file names disappearing in Windows 10 is common, and is caused by either corrupt files, or software conflicts after updates or downloads of new programmes.

 

Microsoft appear to be pretty useless as regards offering solutions for problems - I think it's basically because Windows 10 still has a lot of bugs, and MS management is more intent on getting $$'s from users, rather than helping with free technical support. Plus the amount of programmes available is increasing continually, and bugs continue to appear with each new programme.

 

However, I did find one computer whizz who put up a YouTube video on how to effect a fix for the missing file names. Unfortunately, he's a bit long winded - but he at least does offer a comprehensive guide as to how to do it.

It involves inputting commands via the DOS menu, so ensure you're comfortable doing that - and make sure your typed commands are spelt correctly.

 

Unfortunately, if there are corrupted files the system cannot repair, there's not much can be done about that - apart from reloading Windows from scratch.

The computer whizz is a Pom, if his accent is a bit hard to fathom, there's subtitles available for the video.

 

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Thanks for that Onetrack. I'll try working through it when I get some time. Watched the video, but need to go through it a bit more thoroughly before tackling those fixes.

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Peter, one thing you didn't mention was if it's doing it in all folders or just odd ones.

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All folders. Just like the example in the video. If I leave the computer and it goes into sleep mode, when it comes back I cannot find directory entries to either save files or open them. When I open Word, Excel, Paint or Snipping Tool, there is nothing. It's like the progamming doesn't wake up with the system. I have to close everything, shut down and restart. It only happens when the system has gone into sleep mode.

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I think if it's just happening in one folder, you can delete the folder's desktop.ini file and reboot so it will create a fresh one. But if it's right across the board it sounds like a bigger problem. That scannow method onetrack linked to might be worth a try. Doing a google seems to bring up lots of references to Windows 10 sometimes having that problem. I've been lucky so far with it.

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Peter, I hope you don't mind me using your thread to ask a question. I thought it might be better than opening a completely new thread.

 

Question is, do any forum members use dropbox? Reason I ask is that I haven't used my account for a while and now I can't download any of my files and folders from there. I'm trying to send a folder of photos to a relative in the U.K., but at this stage I can't even retrieve my own data.

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Cancel the above question; I figured it out. I use Firefox browser and it won't display the downloads options. Tried another browser and it worked.

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Thanks Peter. In Firefox I was able to right click and copy/paste the image ok. The problem I'm having is with my own account using Firefox. I can see all my files and folders and view the contents ok on dropbox, but Firefox is not displaying the widget you click on for options like download or move files etc.. Right clicking on the folders responds with the options for right clicking a blank page, so right click is not recognizing the folders.

 

I've tried it with MS Edge and Yandex browsers and both work as normal and download files ok. I guess with the limited amount of use I have for dropbox, I can just use another browser if need be. Still waiting to hear back from the UK relatives to see if they were able to download from the link I sent them.

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I must be a bit slow; it always takes me a while to catch onto things. I've always used the computer desktop as a parking space to store regularly used stuff. Just a plain coloured background, currently about 80% full of icons, folders and the odd file or twenty. Due to the clutter, it can be difficult to locate a specific item quickly. Recently I had one of those light bulb moments and tried putting a shortcut to the desktop on the desktop. All I have to do now is click on that icon and it opens up an easy to navigate explorer page with everything that's on the desktop. I wish I'd thought of it years ago.

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13 minutes ago, willedoo said:

I've always used the computer desktop as a parking space

You have to think of the computer screen as your workspace. You have to keep your workspace uncluttered in order to work efficiently. What you have to do is harken back to pre-computerised offices or workspaces. You had places to store the things you didn't use frequently. If, say you got a document (Widget L4 drawing), you put it in a folder( Aileron control widgets) , which could be then put in a filing cabinet drawer( Wing components) in a filing cabinet (Puddle-Jumper Mk 4). And the filing cabinet would be in your workspace)

 

Using a computer the old system becomes:

C:\\Wing Components\Aileron control widgets\Widget L4 drawing

 

So you create a folder "Puddle-Jumper Mk 4", and open it. it will be empty. Then in that empty folder you create a sub-folder "Aileron control widgets" and open it. Then in that empty folder you save the document "Widget L4 drawing". Then on your desktop you will have only one icon directing to everything to do with the Puddle-Jumper Mk 4, and the screen will be cleared.

 

This is what my desktop looks like.

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1 hour ago, old man emu said:

What you have to do is harken back to pre-computerised offices or workspaces.

Maybe not a good idea; my real life wooden desktop is worse.

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Here's my desktop - a bit busy I know. Must get around to cleaning it up.

 

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Here is the directory of the files associated with the Aircraft showcase. When I download an image from the internet, 99.9% of the time it will need resizing, cropping or other editing. I save the edited version in the category folders, and the editor saves the original into subfolders called, obviously, Originals. So I can go back and edit  differently if necessary.

 

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