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Windows 7: One folder with files, inside a number of empty folders

09 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
One folder with files, inside a number of empty folders

In one of my Windows 7 Libraries, I have a folder 'A'. When I click to open it, another folder 'B' opens. When I click on 'B', the real folder I need, 'C' opens. It is only 'C', that contain my files. A and B are empty folders. The result is that I have to make three clicks to get at my files. This mishap occurred when I was re-arranging my files and folders, probably due to finger trouble!

Could you please help me remove A and B.

Regards.

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09 Dec 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
In one of my Windows 7 Libraries, I have a folder 'A'. When I click to open it, another folder 'B' opens. When I click on 'B', the real folder I need, 'C' opens. It is only 'C', that contain my files. A and B are empty folders. The result is that I have to make three clicks to get at my files. This mishap occurred when I was re-arranging my files and folders, probably due to finger trouble!

Could you please help me remove A and B.

Regards.
I would move the files in the "c" folder to a new temp folder on the desktop, then delete the tree, B C folders. Now the top level folder A should be empty, move the files there and remove the desktop folder.

HTH
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09 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I forgot to mention: this folder 'A' is in 'My documents'. Sorry about that.

In the 'C' folder I have two other folders with 'Microsoft word documents' and three 'word' documents without folders. I used the 'send to' method to send them all to a folder on the desk top. Everything got copied but the original folders and contents remained intact, where they are.

Regards.
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09 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
I forgot to mention: this folder 'A' is in 'My documents'. Sorry about that.

In the 'C' folder I have two other folders with 'Microsoft word documents' and three 'word' documents without folders. I used the 'send to' method to send them all to a folder on the desk top. Everything got copied but the original folders and contents remained intact, where they are.

Regards.
Is there some reason you can't go back to the directory tree and remove the contents of the subfolders and the folders themselves? You need to start from the bottom up; i.e., remove contents from "c" them remove "c" folder, next remove the "b" folder. Is there a permissions issue or something that is causing a problem with removing contents as described?
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09 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

No there is no permission issue. I am the administrator. When I open them from the directory tree and right click, I get the 'send to' option and it does not move but copy to desk top.

I will try to move the contents to a new folder in another library by 'drag and drop', see what happens and come back later with the results.

Best regards.
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10 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hello Sir George,

Nothing is working. I removed everything to the desk top, leaving the folders empty. When I try to delete the folders I get a little pop up window saying "The action cannot be completed because the folder or file in it is open in another program. Close the folder or file and try again". I put them all back in the folders.

I tried opening the folders from 'My documents' and from the directory tree as well. Apart from moving the contents to the desk top, also tried moving them to another library always getting the same message above.

Regards.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
Hello Sir George,

Nothing is working. I removed everything to the desk top, leaving the folders empty. When I try to delete the folders I get a little pop up window saying "The action cannot be completed because the folder or file in it is open in another program. Close the folder or file and try again". I put them all back in the folders.

I tried opening the folders from 'My documents' and from the directory tree as well. Apart from moving the contents to the desk top, also tried moving them to another library always getting the same message above.

Regards.
You can try using a file/folder unlocker program. I use LockHunter, but there are others. You can download LockHunter from;

LockHunter is a free 64/32 bit tool to delete files blocked by any processes

Let me know how it goes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I was thinking about using the CMD Prompt. Is that a feasible option? If it is, I need to know what commands to enter.

Regards.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Dec 2012   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
I was thinking about using the CMD Prompt. Is that a feasible option? If it is, I need to know what commands to enter.

Regards.
Actually the CMD prompt is the best method. See attachment;


How to remove an undeletable File or Folder.pdf

HTH


My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Dec 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

That is not working either. Please see the screen shot.

(1) ALL OTHER (2) PERMNENT FILES (3) PERMNENT FILES (A) FILMS (B) COMPUTER - not shown

All five are folders. (A) and (B) contained word documents only, and were individually inside (3), which is the way I wanted. (1) and (2) with no contents of their own, are the offenders. (3) got inside (2) and (2) got inside (1). Hence, 3 clicks to access (A) and (B).

I moved the contents of A and B to another library and both of them are empty. Sometime during the course of this morning, while I was trying this operation, folder B has disappeared, unknown to me. All the time, I was trying to delete A (just to start with one of them). A and B being separately inside (3), how this happened is a mystery!

The matter remains there with A refusing to budge. None of the documents it contained are open anywhere.

(By the way, the word permanent is wrongly spelled to fit the file name box)

Regards.


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