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win7 search and Download location

by paulmars / August 14, 2016 7:43 AM PDT

Ive been using win7 for about 6 months now. Before that I was using xp for 15 years.

Im having problems with:

1-Search; the status bar gets to 99% pretty fast, then it's literally hours before the search finishes. Why?

2-Ive been using firefox for over 10 years now. I always set it to download files to the desktop. However, win7 sometimes buries the downloaded file in different locations
as in C:\Users\paul\AppData\xxx Which I can find after hours of searching. Sometimes to a temp file, which is not available the next day. (I always wait at least 24 hours, then run a AV scan on all downloads). Other times its on my desktop, where it should be. Why?

3-Another issue of less importance is that i have taskbar autohide, just like when I used xp. I also usually leave one or more instances of win explorer open and system set to reopen them at boot. This worked great on xp, however, on win 7, the taskbar is displayed and each button for each instance of win exp flashes and taskbar will NOT auto hide until I click each button. That's an annoyance.

thanks for any help,

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Re: Win 7
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 14, 2016 8:25 AM PDT

Not that it's important, but why didn't you switch to Windows 10?

1. What search? What status bar?
2. It doesn't with me. Neither in Windows 7 nor in Windows 10. In Options>General I've set the download folder to d:\downloads and that's what it does. It's surely isn't a Windows 7 issue, since It's totally up to Firefox where it stores it downloads. However, if after the downloadyou click on the blue arrow, select the download and click on the folder icon it opens the folder the downloaded file is in. No need at all to search.
3. No comment. It's not what I do.

Post was last edited on August 14, 2016 8:34 AM PDT

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On AutoHide.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2016 8:58 AM PDT

I recall in XP to 10 (I have tried all versions) that AutoHide won't when the taskbar has the "focus." This will be programmer's talk to some but if I click in the blank area of the Taskbar the bar does not hide when I move the mouse away. So to some that is broken. To me it's how Windows works.

Now if it's doing something else, you need to read priors about broken autohide at't+work

AutoHide has a long history of issues, even back to XP. I don't think Microsoft really applied themselves to have a bug free OS.

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new title for existing thread here
by paulmars / August 14, 2016 9:27 AM PDT
In reply to: On AutoHide.

"f I click in the blank area of the Taskbar the bar does not hide when I move the mouse away"

until u click somewhere else, then it hides, unless buttons on taskbar are flashing then it does not hide. Does not hide with win7, did with xp.

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That's right.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2016 9:55 AM PDT

If an app is wanting notification (flashing) then it happens as well. Microsoft programmed it to do that. There are folk that will write "It did this on" a prior version and now it doesn't.

As a programmer I see why. Not that I can change the OS and what Microsoft feels it should do.

HOWEVER we can control the flashing but Microsoft DID NOT EXPOSE this in a control.


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by paulmars / August 14, 2016 10:18 AM PDT
In reply to: That's right.

computer just booted up. Who says it needs attention? Not me.

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I'm getting the feeling
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2016 10:57 AM PDT
In reply to: .

That you want to rant. Anyhow, best of luck adjusting the items to do what you want.

Every once in a while I encounter folk that just want to rant. You have to let them finish.

Post was last edited on August 14, 2016 12:13 PM PDT

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Re: flashing
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 14, 2016 10:58 AM PDT
In reply to: .

It's Windows who thinks that. Not you. But in this case, Windows wins.

Two workarounds:
1. Use hibernate, not shutdown.
2. Don't put that icons in the taskbar, but in the Startup-folder with an "open minimized" setting.

And, of course, but that makes a visible difference:
3. Don't hide the taskbar. A small advantage: the clock is always visible.

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thread title post here
by paulmars / August 14, 2016 12:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: flashing

"It's Windows who thinks that. Not you." I know and its stupid, cuz it just booted and these open cuz of sys setting that I chose.

"Don't put that icons in the taskbar, " Never have, never said i did, and never will. taskbar is for open apps.

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Re: never had
by Kees_B Forum moderator / August 15, 2016 8:46 AM PDT
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Sorry, I misunderstood you.

Then, if you want to reboot with a few programs (instances of Explorer) open, don't shutdown but hibernate. That works not only for Explorer, but for all programs. And it's faster. It surely is the best solution for what you want if your old solution doesn't work any more.

Regarding your last remark: I've got 7 items on my Windows 10 taskbar, and all are closed on startup. The ones that I open (one click) get a nice blue underlining.
The taskbar is for programs that you want to open easily (like the Quick Access part of the taskbar in XP, if I remember the right name). For me, at the moment that's Explorer, settings, Firefox, Thunderbird, Ultrasearch, Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player. And, indeed, most open programs put their icon there also.

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