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How to turn on SAVE AS prompt that shows previous file names

by bn229 / May 19, 2013 3:02 AM PDT

When you attempt to save a file in a particular program, the SAVE AS window opens and you can choose the destination of the file. Then, as you begin typing the proposed name of the file, the computer automatically displays all the files in the computer that also begin with the letters you are typing. The more you type, the fewer files are displayed automatically. The function (or prompt, I'm not sure what term to use here) is there so you don't accidentally duplicate a file name.

My Question: How do you turn the function back on? It stopped working recently.

I use the Windows 7 system.

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If you clear out the file name, that does it
by wpgwpg / May 19, 2013 3:22 AM PDT

When you go into the Save As window, just clear out whatever appears in the File Name box. That's all you have to do. Don't worry about duplicate names though, it'll tell you if you accidentally pick a duplicate name and won't let you save until you change it.
Good luck.

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I don't know what that means. Please elaborate.
by bn229 / May 19, 2013 9:36 AM PDT

I don't know what "clear out the file name" means.

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You misunderstood my original question.
by bn229 / May 19, 2013 9:48 AM PDT

@wpgwpg: Thank you for your response, but it seems that you misunderstood my original question.

I know that you can erase whatever name might automatically appear in the file name space. I want to know how to turn back on the function that works WHILE your typing a new name.

Let us assume that I have a folder full of files all beginning with the same five letters, but they all have different numbers after them: BC001, BC002, BC003, etc.

Now let us assume that I create a new file and want to save it as BC004. When I opened the SAVE AS window, and then began typing in the FILE NAME space, previously the system would show the list of all files beginning with BC00.

This function has ceased working, and I want to know how to turn it back on (short of re-installing the entire system software, of course).

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If it doesn't work like I described it, your system's broken
by wpgwpg / May 19, 2013 10:00 AM PDT

Maybe you need to restore to factory settings if it doesn't work like I described it. That's the way it works on my system.
Good luck.

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Again, it seems that you have misunderstood.
by bn229 / May 19, 2013 12:12 PM PDT

Thank you for your attempt, but I am not having any difficulty with creating a file name for my files. Which is what you are describing.

Is there anyone else who might have some input into my situation? It seems that some minor change has taken place in the Registry or something, and all it will take is turning some command from 'no' to 'yes' or something, but I just don't know where that it.

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