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Windows 7: Avoiding double navigation

19 Aug 2016   #11
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I just use "Recent Items" in Start Menu. Unless you clear recent items using Ccleaner or similar the most recent files remain in the list. So if you downloaded and save a file anywhere - it should appear in the list (even after a reboot). The list can only display 60 items maximum.
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Open File Location (right click menu) opens the containing folder with the file highlighted.
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19 Aug 2016   #12
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Interesting Callender. I erroneously dismissed the idea of working with the "Recent Items" menu on the Start Menu after reading the comments in the original post about the "Recent Places" link not populating for the OP. I'm not sure what the relationship is between that "Recent Places" link within Explorer's navigation pane and the "Recent Items" menu on the Start Menu.

For what it is worth: Chrome populates that "Recent Items" menu on the Start Menu when the "Save As" dialog box is used - even if Chrome is in the incognito mode.
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19 Aug 2016   #13
perkinw

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

@UsernameIssues The ctrl-J solution is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! I am an "average home user," so much of the ensuing discussion was beyond me.

@RolandJS I also checked the "Restore previous folder windows at login" option, although it caters to a an extreme use case, not a typical one. The typical one I had been trying describe would be titled "Going back later to a previously downloaded file."

Thanks to all for your help.
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19 Aug 2016   #14
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Just to be fair,...
Sorry. I let the frustrations of the OP set the adversarial tone for my post. Also, I agree that most* home users just put downloaded files in the Download Folder.

*not that I have asked most home users or even a significant number of home users. I don't happen to use the download folder, even for personal downloads.


As for renaming the downloaded file...
...yes, that can be done during the download process
...but my guess is:
the OP regrets using that task as the example.

That said, for a user that did not know that the file could be renamed before being saved, your info would be most helpful and would probably cause the user to say, "DOH! Why didn't I think of that? I've been renaming files via Explorer all of these years - when I could have just been renaming it before saving it."


As the OP stated in post #4:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by perkinw View Post
So my question is: After the download is complete, how do I get back to that folder without what I called a "double navigation?"
No matter the reason for the folder structure. No matter the reason for the time that lapsed between when the file was downloaded and when that same file is to be accessed again. No matter why the file is to be accessed after being downloaded --- the question is: how does the OP get to the file without navigating thru the same folder structure that the OP went thru to save the file? Let's see of the "Recent Items" menu on the Start Menu works for the OP.
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19 Aug 2016   #15
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by perkinw View Post
@UsernameIssues The ctrl-J solution is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! I am an "average home user," so much of the ensuing discussion was beyond me.

@RolandJS I also checked the "Restore previous folder windows at login" option, although it caters to a an extreme use case, not a typical one. The typical one I had been trying describe would be titled "Going back later to a previously downloaded file."

Thanks to all for your help.
Glad that "Ctrl + J" works for you :-)
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19 Aug 2016   #16
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Just to be fair, Ranger and I were not considering such complicated download projects that are very common for business, industry, government, agencies, and so on. Because the opening post by the thread starter gave no indication of the level of complicated downloads as given by our friend UsernameIssues [later in the thread]-- Ranger and I were thinking about the majority of downloads by average home users. I believe Ranger and I agree, after we have read successive posts following our initial post -- there certainly is a need for having numerous download folders!
And, regardless of the number of download folders, one can still change the file name on the fly if the browser is set up to specify for each file the desired download folder.
Thanks Roland for explaining that & I agree with you. The average home user should find the Download Folder adequate for their normal use.
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19 Aug 2016   #17
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

perkinw, we are all glad you got the solution; I'm sure many other home and office users will find the various posts useful. This has been teamwork from start to finish.
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