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Windows 7: Odd Favorites behaviour in Open/Save dialogue


03 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Odd Favorites behaviour in Open/Save dialogue

When I try to use the Favorites option to navigate to a folder, when opening or saving a File, I get an error message saying 'the directory name is invalid' after I double click on the desired folder in the Favorites pane.

This happens with all the links in Favorites; both my own and the default ones such as Desktop.

The 'invalid' directory path shown in the dialogue is correct, however, and the directory path is also shown correctly in the link's shortcut properties.

I CAN open links if I select them and then right-click on the Favorites button in the navigation pane and select 'Open'.

Am I doing something wrong here? I expected Favourites links to open with a simple double click on the shortcut icon in the Favorites pane.


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03 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Have you tried removing the shortcuts and adding new ones?
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03 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Yes, I've tried it but it didn't work.

I've just tried to save a Word document using the 'Save as' dialogue. Clicked on Favorites and got a blank pane with the message 'No items match your search'.

I might be wrong, but it looks as if Favorites wants to list Word docs, not shortcuts. Naturally, it can't find any shortcuts.

This works the other way round when opening Office files. If, say the Word open dialogue is set to list only files of type '.doc', then the Favorites will be blank until I change the file type to 'All files'. That makes the shortcuts appear.

Am I just not understanding what Favorites is supposed to do? I'm using Office 2010 beta.
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03 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is this an issue with Windows 7 or just Office, does your favourites work when just using them to browse, or only when you're trying to save or open documents with Office?
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03 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

It seems to be an issue when opening or saving files within programmes.

I get the same behaviour as I did in Word if I try to save a web page using the 'Save page as' option in IE8 and Chrome: Favorites behaves like a search function.

However, the Favorites option in Win 7 Explorer (Start | Computer) is working as expected: I can add shortcuts and they open directly when I double-click on the shortcut icon.

Shortcuts I add to Favorites via the open/save dialogue windows do show up in the Win 7 Explorer, even though I can't see them at the time I create them in a programme.
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03 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnlikelyMoniker View Post
Shortcuts I add to Favorites via the open/save dialogue windows do show up in the Win 7 Explorer, even though I can't see them at the time I create them in a programme.
I think that's the problem then, favourites is for your folders, and not your documents.
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03 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Not exactly. It's supposed to give you a list of favourite locations so you can get to them quickly to open or save files in them.

Worse than useless if you can't use Favorites from Win 7's navigation pane if you're in in a programme and want to quickly go to a favourite folder so you can save a file there.

And, as it happens, I can save existing documents as Favorites. Just highlight them in their folder, right-click on the Favourites button and add them as a favorite. They then show up alongside the folders in the favourites list in Explorer, and open in their associated programme.

Along with the saga of users not being able to turn off auto-arrange in Win 7 folders, this (if it's a general problem and not just related to my own brand new system) does rather give the impression that MS are losing touch with the way customers use their OS.

Thanks for trying to help anyway.
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03 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnlikelyMoniker View Post
Worse than useless if you can't use Favorites from Win 7's navigation pane if you're in in a programme and want to quickly go to a favourite folder so you can save a file there.
I can.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UnlikelyMoniker View Post
And, as it happens, I can save existing documents as Favorites.
I've just tried 3 times and can't seem to do that, any chance of a screen shot?
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03 Mar 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

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I can.
I can't. That's why I'm here.

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Any chance of a screen shot?
Odd Favorites behaviour in Open/Save dialogue-favoritesscreen.png

Sorry, my mistake. I'd clicked 'Save' while the Favorites pane was open in the Word 'Save as' dialogue. That saved a copy of the file to the C:\Users\myUsername\links folder.

I'm still left with the problem that I can't open folder links in Favorites from Word's File/Open dialogue and I can't see Favorite folders in Word's File/Save as dialogue.

I guess I'll have to use Libraries instead. In the meantime, is there a keyboard shortcut for launching Win 7 Explorer with the Favorites pane showing?


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03 Mar 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello UnlikelyMoniker, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might give this a try to see if it may be able to fix this for you. It's for Vista, but it's the same in Windows 7.

Favorite Links Empty - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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