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Lately I've been having issues where Windows does some odd things with folders and files.

If I start a new folder and go to name it something so it isn't called "New Folder," if there's anything else in the folder Windows will often choose a single file or folder at random and rename it to the beginning of the new folder name while simultaneously starting to rename the new folder.

Example:

Let's say I have the new folder ready to be named. I'm going to rename it "Simple tasks."

I start renaming it. At some point (not 100% of the time, but annoying enough in its frequency), my cursor will jump to a random file or folder in the same folder, start renaming it, and there's nothing I can do at this point to stop the wrong file or folder from being renamed. If I press escape, it will keep the new name, which at this point might be "Simpl," "Sim" or "Si" or even "S" - and then it will continue on with the renaming of the correct folder.

It also correctly names the new folder "Simple Tasks." It's only a momentary glitch that also throws the secondary file or folder into the renaming process. I've caught it in the act only twice in the entire time this has been occurring. At first it was a complete mystery; all of a sudden there was this new file or folder with an obscure name.

When this happens, I usually have no idea what the name of the incorrectly-renamed file or folder was, since the process of the secondary renaming happened so quickly, it was almost invisible. It's a lot easier to restore a folder name, since I can look at the contents and sometimes (not always) make a reasonable guess. If it's a file, all is lost, including the extension. I can be trying a lot of different ones: jpg, pdf, zip, png, doc, docx, gif, etc.

Have discovered only one preventive fix: going into an empty folder, starting the new folder, then moving it to the correct spot. That's if I remember beforehand. Most of the time I just start up a new folder without thinking of it at all...why would I think of doing anything different? This isn't supposed to happen!

Besides, it's tedious to search for an empty folder in the first place. The whole point of having folders is to use them, not keep empty ones around just for the sake of having empty folders!

The other problem (which is probably unrelated, but not sure) is my folder displays are suddenly wonky. What used to display as 5 large icons per line consistently in folders that are designated for large icons have now changed to 6 large icons per line...in some folders. Others have remained the same, at 5. Sometimes I can "train" Windows by narrowing the folder so it keeps to the 5 large icons across; most of time time, it reverts back to 6 every single time. Some folders won't show 6 across at all unless the folder window is widened considerably.

Not sure when this started happening; best guess, a few months ago.

Thank you all in advance. :)
Date: Jan 11, 2017   


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