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Windows 7 Conflict Resolution Dialog: How I hate thee

Do you see this thing?

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I hate it. (Yes, I know that Win 8 has a better one)

The reason that I hate it, there is no shortcut keys for “Move and Replace”, so I have to use the freaking mouse, which takes forever.

Posted By: Ayende Rahien

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Comments

Itamar
12/29/2011 11:23 AM by
Itamar

I rather enjoyed the fact you used the term "Conflict Resolution" in the title of this post. Raven is eating at ya :)

Ayende Rahien
12/29/2011 11:26 AM by
Ayende Rahien

Itamar, As far as I can tell, that is the actual name for this dialog.

Daniel
12/29/2011 11:35 AM by
Daniel

Alt+d to select "Do this for the next 3 conflict", then up arrow x3+Enter. Becomes a habit.

Mike Chaliy
12/29/2011 11:39 AM by
Mike Chaliy

Alt+D, up, up, up, Space...

Ayende Rahien
12/29/2011 11:41 AM by
Ayende Rahien

Daniel, Argh, haven't though of that, but I would much rather be able to do something like Alt+d, Alt+m, Enter

rafaelsc
12/29/2011 01:12 PM by
rafaelsc

Use TeraCopy and be VERY Happy. http://codesector.com/teracopy

Andrew Benz
12/29/2011 01:31 PM by
Andrew Benz

I've always hated that dialog because there's too much information presented and I find myself having to read it each time to make sure I'm selecting the correct option.

I'd much rather have the dialog ask if I actually want to do what I asked, rather than making me choose my intent again. I've already dragged files into a folder; this should be enough to signal my intent.

Niklas
12/29/2011 04:59 PM by
Niklas

Tab, enter for a single file... If Alt-d is desired, do what Daniel said. Windows is reasonably keyboard-friendly, but there's always some sort of trick to it :).

I'm always baffled by people who bring up the Task Manager by right-clicking the Task bar (Ctrl-Shift-Esc), or the System Information however it's done without using Windows-Pause. Some people even use the mouse to navigate the start menu...

configurator
12/29/2011 05:51 PM by
configurator

I use Total Commander for all file operations - Explorer is not keyboard friendly enough for me, and Total Commander allows things like packing, comparing, mass renaming, etc. quite easily.

Omer Mor
12/29/2011 07:50 PM by
Omer Mor

+1 for Total Commander!

David Rolland
12/29/2011 08:08 PM by
David Rolland

I've also been using Total Commander since more than 10 years. It's the first thing I install on a new computer.

Mike Minutillo
12/30/2011 02:29 AM by
Mike Minutillo

I hate the fact that it stops the copy process until you've answered the question. Surely it could move on to some of the other files in the background. The number of times I've started a large copy/move operation and gone to lunch only to discover it stopped after 2 files. I use robocopy now for anything larger than 10 files. As an added bonus, using the command line makes me feel like a ninja!

Ben Joyce
12/31/2011 09:59 AM by
Ben Joyce

Replace Explorer with Directory Opus.

http://www.gpsoft.com.au/

Too many good things to mention here, but the File Copy actions are super.

Jarek Kowalski
12/31/2011 10:46 PM by
Jarek Kowalski

www.farmanager.com - you won't even have to exit command line :) Everything has shortcut keys, mouse is totally optional (but works if you must...)

Mike
01/01/2012 04:24 PM by
Mike

So sad that Microsoft is not able to do monthly updates to the OS to fix little (big) things like this. Now we have to wait for Windows 8 for an improvement, and then if they forget something obvious, we will have to wait another 2 years for windows 9.

Jamie
01/05/2012 04:26 PM by
Jamie

Directory Opus looks very nice, but it costs as much as Windows 7 itself! Methinks this is one of those situations where if they dropped the price to 20 bucks they'd sell 10 times as many licenses...

Nikola Radosavljević
01/06/2012 10:31 AM by
Nikola Radosavljević

I don't see how previous dialogs were better :) That's why people should get a commander file manager. Try out Total Commander, worth every buck!

Kent Fuller
01/10/2012 07:44 AM by
Kent Fuller

I don't see how previous dialogs were better :)

Win7: Alt+D, up, up, up, Space

WinXP: a

The old dialog was easier to read too.

Tony Simpson
01/20/2012 12:34 PM by
Tony Simpson

@Mike yeah it's crazy that we have built a worldwide network spanning oceans and across deserts but when we want a tiny usability problem to be fixed, then we have to wait an AGE..jeeeeeez

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