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Windows 7: Windows 7 - Selecting Filename Segment When Renaming BUG

02 Aug 2012   #11

Win 7 and Win XP

wow, rraod....I already know how to edit a filename. What we are experiencing is a problem with the normal process. I'm guessing you did not fully ready my post or the posts, above. The issue, is that the computer is automatically reselecting all of the filename (except the extension) 2 or 3 times, even if I am in the middle of typing a new filename or modifying the existing name. This is a problem, if I'm simply trying to append something to the filename and then the computer selects the full filename while I'm typing, effectively deleting the entire filename at that point.

If you have a fix for this, we would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you,

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02 Aug 2012   #12

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

I always try the solution on my system before giving an advice.

Looks like you people have a different problem. I have tried all what you and others have explained. But I am not getting any of that sort of errors.

Hope some of our members give a solution to this problem.
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02 Aug 2012   #13

Windows 7 64 bit

Jeffowentn, here's a work-around I'm using: after selecting rename so that the file name becomes changeable, press "End," then quickly press the space bar. This "locks in" the name already given to the file, and allows you to cursor to where you need to within the name to make the change. It was a big relief to figure this out, let me tell you!
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27 Nov 2012   #14

windows 7

I am having exactly the same problem, it is really really annoying, it seems the problem is only happening to few of us, so microsoft is not fixing it at all. I saw the first post was really really long time ago.
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28 Nov 2012   #15

windows 7

tricapjc, your work-around is awesome, it will potentially save me hours of frustrating before MS finally release some fix.
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11 Jan 2013   #16

Win 7 Pro

I also have had this problem for some time on two PCs.
The cause appears to be, at least in my case, Sugarsync.
If you switch off Sugarsync (or whichever auto backup cloud program you are using) the problem is no longer there. This works perfectly every single time. Switch it on, I have the problem; switch it off, I do not have the problem.
Also note that if you are editing the file in an area not tracked by Sugarsync then the problem does not occur. For example my desktop is not tracked and I never have the problem there.
I hope this is the correct solution and is not misleading to anyone.
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11 Jan 2013   #17

windows 7

@Jondd, make sense! I am using google drive sync, will keep an eye on whether it is the cause.
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12 Jan 2013   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
seems to be caused by changes in filesystem

I think I found the solution in another forum:
rename - While renaming, How can I disable Windows 7 highlighting the entire filename when I click'n'drag across part of it? - Super User
see answer by Georg Coats

explanation in short:
the problem occurs due to refresh of explorer caused by permanent occuring changes in the file system, eq due to running downloads or other users changing files.
I tried closing down all downloads on a drive where i have exclusive access and the behavior stopped, starting downloads again also started the unwanted behavior again.

hope that helps

regards Gerhard
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31 May 2014   #19

Windows 7 Professional x64

I figured out what the problem was and it was due to an external program. This is very irritating and I found out the problem only occurred when I was renaming files located in a folder that synced with cloud services such as Dropbox, GDrive, Cubby, etc. The problem is that these cloud services are polling the folder which refreshes Windows to highlight the entire filename again. Cloud services are so common Microsoft really needs to come up with a solution.
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31 May 2014   #20

Windows 10 Pro

I just want to add that from vista onward, clicking a file name once to edit or right clicking and choosing rename will cause windows to always highlight the name of the file, and not the entire thing including the extension. Just the name.

If you have unchecked hide extensions for known file types in folder options, and you go to rename a file, the default is to rename the name, not the entire thing.

Microsoft did this because in xp to many users were renaming their files name entirely, and then causing them not to be able to open it since they took the file extension out.

Just wanted to add this tidbit of info.
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