Windows 10: Explorer erratically re-selects entire file name while I'm typing

Discus and support Explorer erratically re-selects entire file name while I'm typing in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; While looking for a fix for the problem in the title I came across another user with the same description of a problem. - Only that I'm using Win 10... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by Selmar_Binder, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Explorer erratically re-selects entire file name while I'm typing


    While looking for a fix for the problem in the title I came across another user with the same description of a problem. - Only that I'm using Win 10 Pro (upgraded from win 8.1).


    See citation below for the detailed problem description.


    I want to add that I first suspected my mouse or keyboard to cause the problem by doing random clicks/presses, but switching keyboard and mouse did not help.


    Also, the problem persists when I'm not touching the mouse but navigate only via keyboard/drop-down-menue-key/arrows->"rename"/enter/...


    Upon inspection of the bug I found that, sometimes the cursor is merely reset to a different location within the file/fold-name, instead of selecting the entire name. However, the location of the cursor-insert is not correlated to the mouse-cursor-location on the screen!


    Would love some technically insightful response as to where this might be coming from. Much rather then "plug-unplug"-types of suggestions on how to fix it.


    Hope this helps in resolving the problem for Microsoft.


    Friendly regards,

    SB


    "Hi All -


    This problem has been bugging me since I switched over to Windows 8 a couple of years ago.


    When renaming a file or folder in Windows 8.1 file explorer, I click on the filename (which selects entire name), then click on the part I want to rename (for example, putting the cursor between two words or a place where I want to add a letter or word), and as I'm typing, Windows automatically re-selects the entire filename, which then deletes the original filename.


    Example:

    original filename: MyList

    I click on filename, which selects entire name in blue: MyList

    I click on name again to de-select and put cursor where I want it: My>cursor<List

    I start typing "Grocery" to insert it between My & List, then Windows automatically selects the entire original name, then I'm left with "Grocery" which replaced the selection.


    Strange - never had this problem with earlier versions of Windows. Seems to do it when I'm renaming quickly - can't seem to get it to do it when I'm slow & trying to see what Windows is up to.


    Anybody else with this problem? Is there a fix?"

    :)
     
    Selmar_Binder, Nov 9, 2018
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  2. XweAponX Win User

    Selecting a file by starting to type its name... No longer an option?


    I've been able to do this, usually I use it from my Pictures folder when selecting an image to post. I just tried in my Downloads folder and it worked. There is a setting for Searches, I'll try to post a screenshot here. Try setting your folder view to "List" or "Detail View" and it works better.


    Explorer erratically re-selects entire file name while I'm typing [​IMG]
     
    XweAponX, Nov 9, 2018
    #2
  3. File explorer not searching in This PC

    Hi George,

    I am sorry to know that you are facing issues with Windows 10.

    I suggest you to reset Windows explorer and check the behavior.

    Please follow the steps:


    • Right click on the task Bar and select Task Manager.

    • Select Processes tab.

    • Choose windows explorer and right click on it.

    • Select end task

    • Click on file menu and select run new task.

    • Type explorer.exe

    • Click on ok.
    Hope this helps in resolving the issue with Windows Explorer. If the issue persists, do get back to us. We will be happy to assist you.


    Regards,
     
    Syed Abdul Jabbar, Nov 9, 2018
    #3
  4. Explorer erratically re-selects entire file name while I'm typing

    file explorer does not run

    Hello,

    User profile corruption is one of the possible reasons why you encountered an issue with the File Explorer after performing a clean install of Windows 10 and reinstalling your apps.

    To troubleshoot the issue, we suggest creating a new user account in Windows 10 and see if the same issue will occur while on a different user profile. To do this, simply follow the steps below:


    • Select the Start button, then select Settings > Accounts > Family
      & other people
      > Add someone else to this PC.

    • Type a user name, password, password hint, and then select Next.

    Once done with the steps, let us know how it goes so we can help your further.
     
    Jefferson Ore, Nov 9, 2018
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