05-25-2007, 01:55 PM #1
Finder bug - incorrect focus after file extension rename
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- Mar 19, 2007
- NY USA
- iMac 5.1 | iMac 7.1 | iPod Touch | iPod Nano
I'll try to explain this with words. If it gets confusing, check out the video.
Can anyone else replicate this odd behavior?
Open a window in finder.
Copy a file from that window to the desktop (option+drag if neccesary).
Click the newly copied file (focus is on the dekstop / file).
Click it again to rename. Change the file extension (like '.csv' to '.txt').
When prompted to change the extension, choose yes.
Since you are working with files on the dekstop at the point of changing it's name, the focus should return to the desktop. But you'll see the focus is now on that first window instead of the desktop! So if you wanted to navigate the desktop with the keyboard, your system focus is off. You can't Command+0 or Command+downArrow to open the file, or [return] to rename it again. You have to first click the desktop to return focus to it.
05-25-2007, 02:23 PM #2
Wow. Even Cmd-Tabs make no difference, no matter how many apps are running.
I went back to the Finder with Cmd-Tab, then punched Cmd-O, and could open the thing, or any other file on the desktop and save as many changes as I wanted, but after a Cmd-W, the desktop was as unreachable without a mouse click as ever. Typing the first letter of the file, or of any other file, got me nowhere, too.
05-25-2007, 10:03 PM #3
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- Nov 27, 2006
- Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8 GHz
I noticed that one a while ago.
It was when I renamed a file to a name that was already taken by another file.
In that case, that bug also occurs.
Actually, the Finder has tons of bugs.
Here are a few that I've noticed:
-In List View, open the context menu on anything.
There is a Help item at the top of the menu.
But it doesn't do anything. Ever. And it's ALWAYS there in List View.
I'm guessing that it's a remnant of an older version of OS X.
How could Apple not have noticed a mistake as big as this???
-Inside a empty folder (let's call it "Top Folder"), make a folder called "Sub Folder 1".
Since it is the only item in "Top Folder", it should be at the top of the list.
Inside "Sub Folder 1", make a folder called "Sub Folder 2".
Since it is the only item in "Sub Folder 1", then it should also be at the top of the list.
Now go to "Top Folder", and triple-click "Sub Folder 1".
You know where you'll end up? Inside "Sub Folder 2"!
That's right, in List View, any single click right after a double-click will act as a double-click.
So if you accidentally click 3 times, you'll open whenever is underneath!
(And you can also try to put a "Sub Folder 3" then click 4 times quickly. Yes, you'll go straight from "Top Folder" to "Sub Folder 3"!)
This bug has made me accidentally launch apps and open files.
-On the Desktop (or any folder), make sure Auto Arrange is turned off, and Snap to Grid is turned on.
Take 3-4 files or folders, and place them in a horizontal line (or vertical, it doesn't really matter).
Now select them all.
Drag them upward or downward (or left or right) one or a couple of spots.
You might have to do this a couple of times.
And randomly, they're no longer in a line. One item will just suddenly decide to "get out" of the line.
05-25-2007, 10:31 PM #4
I'd bet that Apple's coders don't even know it's there. I never noticed it before your post, and I never noticed it in 9, either. That has to be the first time ever that I opened Help that way in 9, and I've run 9 it since it replaced 8! Now I'm afraid to cross the street alone.
I've worked with Macs since System 6 and had my own machines since 7. I can't remember when contextual menus made their appearance, but if it was before the switch to PowerPC, that Help code is older than dirt, and I never used it. Well, it's older than dirt, anyway.
Come to think of it, though, I probably ignored the Help in 9 because I didn't need any.
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