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OS 10.4 - File boxes don't remember last location


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Hopefully I can describe this so it makes sense...

A couple days ago my Mac started acting funny in file boxes– by file box I mean the dialog box that pops open when you do File > Open, or File > Save As, etc. It defaults to my users\documents folder every single time I do one of those actions, regardless of what I'd done before.

So let's say I'm working on a document, and want to save it. I'll do an option+S to save it, the window comes up in users\documents, I navigate to where I want to save it, and save. Now the next time I go to "save as" the document, before this week that dialog box would've started in the location I last saved the file– now, it defaults back to users\documents every single time. Needless to say, this is incredibly annoying and adds precious time to my process every time I want to open or save a file.

I've tested it and just about all of my programs seem to be having that problem: Word, Photoshop, Indesign, etc. I can't think of anything I've done this week to suddenly make it act up like that. Can anyone think of why it'd be doing this, and what I might do so it remembers last locations again?

(I'm currently running OS 10.4.9.)

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Does anyone have any ideas? I'd be more than happy to give more information if the problem isn't clear– I'd really like to analyze why this is happening so I can fix it.

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I think I've discovered yet another piece of the puzzle...

First off, in Photoshop I opened a file off our Design drive (a network drive all our designers have access to) then did a Save As, which is how I normally work. It defaulted back to the users\documents folder when I did the Save As, like it's been doing problematically. But next, I opened a file sitting on my desktop instead, then did a Save As: this time, it remembered that I was looking at the desktop instead of starting in the users\documents folder. So that worked like it's supposed to!

What this tells me is that it's not really program-related at all, but is rather a function of the network drive: for some reason, my programs suddenly don't remember it as where I've been, if I'm working on a file from it. It seemed like it was program-related because sometimes it would work normally (when i was working off my desktop) and sometimes it wouldn't (when I was working on the network drive) but I wasn't aware of that pattern.

Opening or saving files locally from my computer works flawlessly as it should: it remembers the last folder I was in every time, so long as I don't access the network drive. So that being the case, that gives me a definite direction to pursue. I don't suppose anyone is familiar with any issues remembering folders on a (PC-based) networked drive?

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