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Tech: XP Glitch

Greg F. 23 Oct 08 - 08:30 AM
Greg F. 23 Oct 08 - 08:31 AM
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GUEST,Newport Boy (no cookie) 23 Oct 08 - 12:46 PM
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Subject: Folklore: XP Glitch
From: Greg F.
Date: 23 Oct 08 - 08:30 AM

I'm reluctant to take the Forum's time with this, but its one of those little things that drive you nuts. Have searched MicrospawnofsatanSoft, & other on-line help sources in vain.

The "Rename" option (only)has mysteriously disappeared from the list of options on the Right-click Shortcut Menu when I right-click a file or folder. The "rename" option is still available thru the "File" button on the toolbar. I can't recall changing any folder settings or options.

How can I get "rename" back???

Perhaps our friend in Kansas- or others- would be kind enough to advise.

Again, apologies to all for this inconsequential matter taking up space.

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Subject: RE: Folklore: XP Glitch
From: Greg F.
Date: 23 Oct 08 - 08:31 AM

How this came up as "folklore" I have not anidea as I specifically checked "Technology". Apologies, again.

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Subject: RE: Folklore: XP Glitch
Date: 23 Oct 08 - 10:06 AM

Still works here.
I've always renamed by clicking on the file name anyway. Click on the icon once to highlight it, then on the name, and make sure you wait long enough between clicks so they don't register as a double click.


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Subject: RE: Tech: XP Glitch
From: GUEST,Newport Boy (no cookie)
Date: 23 Oct 08 - 12:46 PM

Press F2 to rename - much quicker


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Subject: RE: Tech: XP Glitch
From: Tangledwood
Date: 23 Oct 08 - 06:41 PM

Do you have any utilities installed that tailor your operating system e.g. TweakUI ?   If so, possibly the rename option has been locked out from within that tool.

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Subject: RE: Tech: XP Glitch
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 23 Oct 08 - 07:09 PM

I don't think TweakUI can do that to the context menu.

There's probably a registry hack to fix this, but I don't know it offhand and my registry books are filed away at the moment.


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Subject: RE: Tech: XP Glitch
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 24 Oct 08 - 11:13 AM

The menus generally are controlled in the Registry, but I don't know (and don't find at Microsoft) anything about where or how to correct this problem - if it is a reg problem. There are a couple of corrections for some vaguely similar things, but with warnings that the "keys are all different" so that you can't extrapolate to this.

It is possible for an Administrator, in WinXP, to edit the menus that different groups of users can see, and it's possible that someone may have applied a "group policy" that removed this menu item for you. That would require, of course, that someone with Administrator privies has had access to your computer or to a server it runs from, and also that the "Administrator" knew how to do it (or didn't know what (s)he was doing).

IF THE COMPUTER has had "Group Policies" set up on it, a change in either your group priviledges or in the "Sharing" for the folders/files you're looking at could change the menu you see. If, as is normal for a single-user at home, there are no policies specifically set up, even a change in sharing shouldn't affect what menu you see - there would just be some things on the menu that wouldn't work for you.

Security patches from Microsoft are always a possible culprit when things change, and recent patches in particular sometimes have resulted in changes that affect "user priviledges" in unexpected ways. I don't know of any changes that should do what you've indicated, but if you right click and select properties, then look in the "Security" tab, you can see if your use has been changed, and/or if new categories of users with different "authority" have perhaps been added that have pushed your "user class" down on the list. While the menu shouldn't(?) change for you, what you're allowed to do may have been tweaked.

If you've had the System Restore function turned on, at the same "Properties" location you may find a "Previous Versions" tab where you could click back to an earlier setup that shows the menu as expected. If you consider doing this, it would be good to try to remember when things changed so that you can choose a backup just prior to when it happened to restore to the most recent good one.

As always of course, when unexpected changes pop up, you have run a full AV scan and all your good AntiMalware checks?


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Subject: RE: Tech: XP Glitch
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 24 Oct 08 - 11:41 AM

I'll put in a vote for not using "Rename" as some others have done, although the reason for its disappearance still should be explained.

In Windows Explorer, click Tools on the top menu and then click "Folder Options." On the General tab, the third item down should let you choose "click to open" or "double click to open." If you've set up to "double-click to open" as most of us seem to do, when you click once on a file/folder in Windows Explorer it's "selected" but not opened.

If you pause just long enough so it doesn't get read as a double-click, when you click a second time on the file name of a file (or folder) that's selected, it's "opened for edit" - indicated by it being highlighted inside an "edit box" where you can make your renaming change exactly as if you'd right clicked on the file, hunted out the Rename button, and clicked there.

When you've made your change, hit Enter, or click the "button" for the file, or click another file, and the "edit" will be closed (if the change is accepted) - just as you'd do with the Rename button.

Since it's just "two clicks" on the same filename, it's a lot quicker than right-click, find Rename in the menu, click - hence I hardly ever use Rename" from the right click menu in Win Explorer. In the "left pane" in Win Explorer, you do have to use Rename from the menu, since the "second click to edit" only works on the right side.

Note that the normal Windows Explorer view shows files/folders in the right pane and folders and the "tree" in the "Navigator" pane on the left. There is another "view mode" that doesn't show the Navigator as the left pane. The entire behavior of Explorer may be different if the Nav pane disappears (and a bunch of useless garbage is there instead), but my opinion is "it's nasty and not useful" so I don't know much about what the changes are. I've never stayed there long enough to look at any of the buttons.

If this "other view" appears, their should be a button at the bottom of the left panel to "View Navigator" or something of the sort.


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