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Windows 7: Save As dialog -- File Name input box shows a combobox style list

28 Dec 2012   #1
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Save As dialog -- File Name input box shows a combobox style list

How do I eliminate the annoying combo box drop down when I start to type a new file name I want to save?
- as soon as I type "C:\" a list of 20 previously saved files drops down,
(or on my laptop, unfurls UP covering the entire folder tree.
Applies to TXT files I am trying to save.

Because Win7 does not remember the last folder saved-to, I always have "Explorer++" open to copy the same folder path to the "Save As" dialog -- paste into "File Name".
As soon as I add "\" to the folder string the list of past folders and files opens-down/up

In XP this was disabled by adding a new registry entry to ...
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\comdlg32
Name:= NoFileMru
Type:= REG_DWORD
Value:= 1

How do I do this in Windows 7 Home?
Thank you
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Third party apps I am using
Metapad -- anything is better than Notepad
ClipX -- clipboard tool
Explorer++ -- leaves native Windows Explorer for dead
Classic Shell -- start menu
FileSearchEX -- I have hundreds of TXT files, native Windows Explorer cannot search "contents"



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28 Dec 2012   #2
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Just found on this forum ...
Residual File Names in Save/Save As Dialog Boxes
it was in "similar threads" after I had submitted my question
I haven't tried it yet -- I will let you know
Hope I have not wasted your time.
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29 Dec 2012   #3
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Save As dialog -- File Name input box, not resolved

I had no luck with...
Residual File Names in Save/Save As Dialog Boxes
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Comdlg32]
"NoFileMru"=dword:00000001
Does not work in Win7

I would appreciate some experienced help. Thank You
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29 Dec 2012   #4
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 
Does not work for me

ran: Common Dialog Boxes Dropdown List of Recent Files.reg
rebooted
shut-down
restart

Does not do anything for me.

New Toshiba with Win7 Home (Toshiba rebuild) 32bit
single user -- not exposed to web yet
Classic Shell Start (menu) installed

I have tried so many fixes that did not work + undone them.
Am getting desparate after 3 days of searching the web.

As single user I have modified the registry manually as "Owner" not "Administrator"
(All this Win7 "Security" is driving me crazy and is over kill for a single user PC)
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29 Dec 2012   #5
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello GrayGhost,

Could you post a screenshot of showing what you want cleared to see if that may help ID what the issue may be?
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29 Dec 2012   #6
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Thank you Brink for your response
My screen shot is here (somehwere) my first screenshot post
(Thank for your excellent link to Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums)

I have already deleted two reg-items at
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\ComDlg32
ie, "LastVisitedPidlMRU" and "OpenSavePidlMRU
- but they are both auto recreated by Windows and the SaveAs dialog "FileName" combobox refills again

- I have installed "Classic Shell" start menu -- would that be sabotaging my actions?

In WinXP I was able to disable the Combo dropdown button completely, (appears as a "Textbox")
Can that be done in Win7 ?

Seven Forums is the most sucessful site I have used in over 10 years (brilliant).
Thanks again for your help


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29 Dec 2012   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It's normal for those registry values to be recreated automatically as you repopulate the recently opened items.

Does it not clear them in all these type of windows, or just certain ones?

As a test, restore your default settings from Classic Shell, then uninstall Classic Shell, then try the .reg file again to see if Classic Shell may have been interfering somehow.
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29 Dec 2012   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Have you seen this?

Common Dialog Boxes - Enable or Disable Dropdown List of Recent Files

Is that what you mean?

A Guy
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30 Dec 2012   #9
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Will try today 31-Dec or tomorrow new years day
Thanks for your response
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30 Dec 2012   #10
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Hi Brink
Yes the REG changes do clear the "SaveAs" > FileName dropdown
BUT they do not "Disable" the drop down
In WinXP the "SaveAs" FileName can be tweaked to behave as a "textbox", rendering recent-files list as pointless

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Is this possible in Win7 ?
Thank you for your help


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