Clicking To Open Any File, Anywhere, Bring Up Only Properties Screen


  1. Posts : 301
    W7
       #1

    Clicking To Open Any File, Anywhere, Bring Up Only Properties Screen


    Hello,

    Always something new.
    Sr. Citizen now, very, and to say that this is driving
    me "crazy" is probably an understatement

    Using W10.

    For the first time ever, it seems irrespective of what Folders I click on, either on the Desktop,
    or elsewhere, all that I can open up is their Properties screen.

    The one that has tabs for General, Sharing, Security, Previous Version, and Customize.

    And, it seems that all of these have Read Only checked.

    What is happening, please ? Virus ?

    How can I get back to a normal operation ?

    Much thanks,
    Bob
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 22,732
    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4123 (x64) [22H2]
       #2

    @Robert11


    What happens when you RIGHT click on a folder?

    What kind of mouse do you have? Wired or wireless?

    Do you have a laptop or a desktop?
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 42,518
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #3

    In some cases it's possible to change the function of mouse buttons, so the question Ghot asks is relevant.

    What sort of mouse are you using- or is it a touchpad?

    Note that folders are marked normally as read only. It has no significance.
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 16,587
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4046
       #4

    Robert11 said:
    And, it seems that all of these have Read Only checked.
    Bob,

    That is a red herring. File explorer's indicators of folder read-only properties are virtually meaningless.
    So you can ignore them during your fault investigation.

    Best of luck,
    Denis
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 16,587
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4046
       #5

    I suggest that your first step should be to run SFC - Option 3.
    SFC - TenForumsTutorials

    If it reports irreparable errors then use the command given in the notes at the end of Option 3 and make sure you are connected to the internet for it [it uses online sources to find replacement files].

    If it still reports irreparable errors then post them using the guidance in the tutorial's Option 5.

    Best of luck,
    Denis
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 301
    W7
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Hi,

    A most sincere thanks to all for help suggestions.

    I re-booted, and things seem to be back to normal.

    Thanks again,
    Bob
      My Computer


  7. Posts : 723
    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    Robert11 said:
    Hi,

    A most sincere thanks to all for help suggestions.

    I re-booted, and things seem to be back to normal.

    Thanks again,
    Bob
    A ReBoot is the first thing you should do when having issues
      My Computer


 

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