Replace existing file yes/no to default to yes

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  1. Posts : 9
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    Replace existing file yes/no to default to yes


    Hi all,
    Looked through as many search results from as many key phrases as I could think of to solve this problem and the closest I came to an (non) answer is some poor soul who was bounced between a MS and Adobe "help" tech, each blaming the other's software. The answer is probably simple, but I don't know what part of the registry or Group Policy(?) that the change would need to be made. I'm hoping one of you folks might have an idea that would help. The issue is this: When copying or moving a file from one location to another, be it the internet, network, or local folder, with the same filename, there is an alert window that asks if I want to replace the existing file (yes/no). In Windows 7 the default was "yes" and I could hit enter and carry on. Now, the default is "no" and I have to add extra mouse movement and a click to accomplish the task. While this may not sound like a big deal, I have had a stroke and the movement is awkward, tiring, and sometimes painful. Getting back to the "yes" default would really be great. If anyone could point me in the right direction they would have my gratitude.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 34,230
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    Hi, in this instance- drag to folder- the default is 'Replace'..
    Replace existing file yes/no to default to yes-1.jpg

    Rt click drag 'n drop gives
    Replace existing file yes/no to default to yes-1.png
    - followed by Replace (file of same name exists).
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  3. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro ver. 21H1 bld.19043.1348
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks Dalchina


    Thanks, I've seen that dialogue before, but now I use Teracopy which gives a different dialogue for intra-system moves and copies. The issue comes from internet browser downloads, but the alert is not from the browser
    Replace existing file yes/no to default to yes-savedialog.jpg
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    Ah, you didn't mention that in your first post. It always helps to be accurate.

    I suggest you take that up with Teracopy.
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  5. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro ver. 21H1 bld.19043.1348
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    dalchina said:
    Ah, you didn't mention that in your first post. It always helps to be accurate.

    I suggest you take that up with Teracopy.
    Thanks for the reply. Evidently I am having a hard time being understood. I blame US education. The problem is NOT with Teracopy, nor is it with the browser (Firefox). The issue is an OS confirmation alert that defaults to "no". And I do see where my error was: the issue is only with internet downloads, which, when I enter the filename that I wish (to replace an existing file) it throws this alert.
    Replace existing file yes/no to default to yes-alert.jpg

    Perhaps this article clarifies the nature of the problem (without offering any real solution, sadly):
    Windows 10 Pro Edge Yes No File Replase Dialog - Super User
    The article refers to Edge, but, as is mentioned in the article and as I mentioned above, the issue is in the Windows OS. I am guessing in the registry, but maybe GP.
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  6. dalchina's Avatar
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    Sorry I didn't read your second sentence. So actually the problem you find is saving a download from your browser..
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  7. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro ver. 21H1 bld.19043.1348
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    dalchina said:
    Sorry I didn't read your second sentence. So actually the problem you find is saving a download from your browser..
    Yes, just as the user in the linked article. I am sure MS changed this so that dumb users like me will not accidentally destroy existing work. Making it difficult to change the default is further protection, I guess. However, I would think this is still possible to change the setting in reg.
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  8. dalchina's Avatar
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    Saving from Firefox I see:
    Replace existing file yes/no to default to yes-ff-example.jpg

    - No as default as you say... note that's a FF dialogue

    Chrome and Edge simply rename the file:
    Replace existing file yes/no to default to yes-chrome-example.jpgReplace existing file yes/no to default to yes-edge-example.jpg
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  9. MaloK's Avatar
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    Hi,

    Just chiming in to confirm that this dialog always default to "no" since at least Windows 98. and there are thousands of complaint about this all over the web and no registry hack ever came up.

    You can alleviate the problem by using third party download manager that offers the option to control that aspect.

    And also use a shell extension like PerigeeCopy which give you the options to pre-answer and remove any prompts on any file / folder operation in windows explorer. (Very dangerous) but if you know what you're doing it speed up the process greatly when you work doing many file replacement operations per day.
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  10. Posts : 9
    Windows 10 Pro ver. 21H1 bld.19043.1348
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       #10

    Dalchina and Malok, thanks for replies. Dalchina, it looks as if the Chrome and Edge approaches are merely sidesteps to what Firefox is addressing straight on, namely, replacing a file with the same name when downloading from the 'net. Malok highlights what I seem to have found in my search for an answer. But, since I do recall having the default be "yes" at some time in the Windows 7 version, without a third-party tool, I am kinda thinking there must have been a reg hack at one time. Then again, maybe I'm just living a fantasy in my head. In any event, I thank you both for your input. Malok, thanks for the suggestion of PerigeeCopy, I will definitely be looking into that. May both of you have an excellent day and a good life. Be well.
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