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Copy function does not always move folders

  1. #11

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    Windows 8

    I didn't find an answer online, but through exploration. The big thing for me was realizing that sorting library items by date just shows all the files without the folders, and that the only way to see the folders is to sort with the folder option.

    This bugs me though, because what if I want to view files chronologically but also with the folders? I do that a lot for frequently updated files.

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  2. #12

    Ok. I see. One can still view the files chronologically, but without the folders. Not sure why the folders are important to you in that view? I'm confused and that isn't too difficult these days!
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  3. #13

    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    I like having the folders in that view so that the thousands of files they contain don't clutter up the Documents folder. It all serves the purpose of this quirky mental file management system I've created and don't want to let go of, which is too convoluted to explain here.

    I've also discovered that one can have the folders displayed (and their files in them) and have the remaining documents arranged chronologically - it's in the ribbon! So what used to be one function (in XP) has now split into two: Sort By, found in the ribbon, and Arrange By, which comes up when one right clicks.

    Clearly what I need to do is more exploring - I'm upgrading from Windows XP and don't have any touch screen devices so a lot of the new stuff in Windows 8 is quite new to me.
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  4. #14

    Glad you figured this out. I've been copying 100's of GB around and I haven't had any issues at all. I really like the "file copy status bar" with Win8 and it's one of the reasons I am now running Win8 on my main desktop. No issues here at all...
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