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copying from folder/pasting to desktop

Discussion in 'A Question to the community!' started by cyberwasp, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. cyberwasp

    cyberwasp Established Techie7 Member

    Just an observation. Every once in awhile when I copy a file from a folder and paste it to the desktop I have to refresh the desktop to see it. Has anyone else come across this phenomenon.
  2. nukecad

    nukecad Established Techie7 Member

    I've never seen that.

    There again I usually right click the file and 'Send to' desktop to create a shortcut, rather than copying it.
    That way there is only one file and a shortcut, instead of two files with the same name.
  3. cyberwasp

    cyberwasp Established Techie7 Member

    Good idea except that I'm opening it in Photoshop. If the file is under a sub-directory the "open with," isn't an option hence sending it to the desktop.
  4. nukecad

    nukecad Established Techie7 Member

    Sorry, I thought this was a desktop icon display problem, rather than a file opening/ context menu problem.

    I'm not clear just what the sequence is that you are using that is giving a problem.

    I've just made a desktop shortcut to a file that is nested down 3 subdirectories, right clicking the desktop shortcut icon gives the 'open with' option.

    Is this a Photoshop, or context menu, problem rather than a desktop display problem?

    If you could describe step by step the sequence that is giving the problem it may help find a solution.
  5. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    The desktop is not really a place to save files - at least not long term. This is because Windows loads everything on the desktop when starting. What I might suggest is you place a shortcut to the folder your files are stored in on your desktop. Then get to the actual file(s) that way.
  6. cyberwasp

    cyberwasp Established Techie7 Member

    Ok. here are my steps with a screen cap showing the result.
    I download a zip for example into download and unzip it. Then I drill down do the file.jpg that I want to edit. It I right click it I don't get the, "open with," menu, just open, "See pic below."

    I then have to copy it to the desktop. If I make a link to it on the desktop, the, "open with" only opens the link into PS.

    I understand he example is in a zip but it is the same result if it's just a jpg under 2 or more sub-directories

    Attached Files:

  7. Digerati

    Digerati Super Moderator Techie7 Moderator

    What version of Windows?
  8. cyberwasp

    cyberwasp Established Techie7 Member

    Ooops sorry! Windows 10 pro Geforce 1060 6gb I7k4 core - 4.2ghz, 32gb ram, 1tb samsung ssd 2tb hdd hitachi
  9. nukecad

    nukecad Established Techie7 Member

    Right I think that I see the problem.

    You are not actually unzipping (extracting) the file, you are just opening a window onto the contents of the zip.
    The Pink 'heading' shows that this is the case.
    As you say when you do this there is no 'open with' in the context menu.
    (This is because 'open with' cannot be used with multiple files).

    If you have jpeg files associated with photoshop then you can just click on 'open' and that will open photoshop and load the file.
    To associate a filetype with a particuar application use-
    Settings > Apps > Default Apps > Choose default application by filetype

    You can see here that I currently have jpeg set to open with irfanview by default, but could change it to another app.

    Alternatively you could right click on the .zip and 'Extract All..' to unzip the jpeg to a directory before right clicking on the jpeg itself.

    As for why you are not seeing 'open with' on the context menu in nested folders I'm not sure.
    It could be the files themselves, or it could be a Windows bug.

    Are these still zipped files? (Maybe renamed but still actually compressed).
    Or are these nested folders themselves inside a zip that you have opened a window onto the contents of? (Look for a Pink heading like you had in your screenshots above)

    However if the 'Open with' option is missing altogether, from all right click menus, then it could be a known bug in (earlier) versions of Windows 10.
    It's quite simple to fix, but does mean a change to the registry.
    If you are not confident with editing the registry yourself then ask someone who is, or use the hack at the bottom this article.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2017