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Moving a saved web page overwrites .htm files

by Wire2145 / June 14, 2007 10:38 PM PDT

I'm using Windows XP Pro SP2
I have encountered what seems to be an undocumented feature of the file move action.
I saved a web page including associated files from either IE7 or Firefox2.

Problem 1: If I move the associated files folder to an other location the .htm file moves with it. Why? Who told it to do that? Where is the user configurable option for to link a file to a folder? Where is the global system behaviour option to enable this non standard file system behaviour?

Problem 2: If you move the associated files folder to an other location which happens to contain a .htm file with the same name (eg the very common index.htm file), the undocumented behaviour described above will still occur and the file will be overwritten without ANY standard file conflict warning and without any user choice in the matter.

How do I stop Lord Windows XP from destroying hours of my work? Please Help.

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Sounds proper to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 14, 2007 11:05 PM PDT
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Operations on an HTML file apply to similarly named folder
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 18, 2008 5:40 AM PST

"Operations on an HTML file apply to similarly named folder - New!
by DrChuckie - 12/18/08 11:43 AM In reply to: Moving a saved web page overwrites .htm files by Wire2145

This is a behavior that has been bothering me for years and I just kinda let it slide until recently, when I HAD to fix it on my system.

The answer is... it is an inherent behavior of Windows. The "kind" folks at MS saw it in their hearts to bequeath to us mere mortals an OS that FORCES folders of like name to move when you move an HTML file. Thus, if you want to move a file named index.htm to a different directory, and you had an index_files folder there (such as what is formed when you do a "Save As -> Website Complete" to save a web page & associated images/CSS/etc from Internet Explorer)... the folder moves with the files.

I guess the rational of the immortal MS folks is that us mere mortals are too stupid to move our own files and to rename images and CSS files and such. This link will show you how to disable this behavior if you know how to use RegEdit...

Hope this helps!

Chuckie BoomBoom
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