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#1 RoseCityDave

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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:20 PM

I am unable to delete the drop down list that occurs in the "File name" dialog box when saving downloaded files.  Deleting everything using the Delete Browsing History in Internet Options fails to remove the drop down list.

 

Is there any other way of deleting these pesky drop down lists?

 

I hope I do not have to do a reinstall of Windows 10.

 

Any help greatly appreciated.



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:27 PM

Why on earth would you need to?  You can simply type in the entire name you want if you don't want to accept what the file being downloaded is already named and you're not forced to use the items in the combo box dropdown - they're presented for your convenience.

 

I can't say how many times I've been downloading where I want to name files with the same name and sequence number, e.g., RockPhotos01.jpg, RockPhotos02.jpg, etc., where having the ability to select "RockPhotos02" and then just change that 2 to 3 for the next file in sequence has saved me tons of typing.  If I want an entirely different filename than the download file has then I just enter what I want.

 

I'm trying to understand what the impediment is here, and I have the feeling that something's missing in the original description.


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Posted 07 January 2017 - 12:34 PM

Deleting File Explorer History    The dropdown list in File Explorer is not cleared in your browser history.



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Posted 07 January 2017 - 01:44 PM

John,

 

          Interesting article, and a good one to file away for future reference.  However, it doesn't address "he drop down list that occurs in the "File name" dialog box when saving downloaded files."

 

          I'm still trying to fathom what the issue is there and await clarification from the original poster.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 10:18 AM

John,

 

          Interesting article, and a good one to file away for future reference.  However, it doesn't address "he drop down list that occurs in the "File name" dialog box when saving downloaded files."

 

          I'm still trying to fathom what the issue is there and await clarification from the original poster.

Some of my work files have names that are to be kept private according to HIPAA regulations.

 

I just want to know how it can be done.



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 10:28 AM

No idea if this will help but thought I'd post it in case it gives you any ideas.

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/206177-how-disable-clear-file-name-dropdown-lists-common-dialog-boxes.html



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 10:36 AM

No idea if this will help but thought I'd post it in case it gives you any ideas.

 

http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/206177-how-disable-clear-file-name-dropdown-lists-common-dialog-boxes.html

This worked!

 

Thank you.



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 01:34 PM

 

John,

 

          Interesting article, and a good one to file away for future reference.  However, it doesn't address "he drop down list that occurs in the "File name" dialog box when saving downloaded files."

 

          I'm still trying to fathom what the issue is there and await clarification from the original poster.

Some of my work files have names that are to be kept private according to HIPAA regulations.

 

I just want to know how it can be done.

 

 

I'm glad you have a solution.  It's interesting to know how these dropdowns can be disabled at various levels in file explorer.

 

I,  too, have done work on my home computer that has HIPAA implications, but there is nothing I've ever used in a file name (and client name, unless very uncommon, doesn't count under HIPAA) that would be considered private personally identifiable information, particularly if the file itself is gone and removed via a "secure shredder" delete.  Thank heaven HIPAA at least has that proviso, since we all walk around all over the place, our entire lives, with our names being shared in public as a matter of course.  Even an uncommon name isn't, absent other Protected Health Information attached to it, HIPAA covered PHI.

 

I also establish multiple accounts on any shared machine so that no one else who uses that machine can see anything I've done.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 02:47 PM

Hi and welcome: :)

 

 

John,

 

          Interesting article, and a good one to file away for future reference.  However, it doesn't address "he drop down list that occurs in the "File name" dialog box when saving downloaded files."

 

          I'm still trying to fathom what the issue is there and await clarification from the original poster.

Some of my work files have names that are to be kept private according to HIPAA regulations.

 

I just want to know how it can be done.

 

(Emphasis mine)

 

If this is your work computer, then I respectfully suggest contacting your in-house IR/IT/InfoSec staff for further guidance.

If this your own computer (e.g. your own unencrypted laptop) on which you have HIPAA-sensitive data with PII (such as medical records or portions thereof), then you may already be in violation of HIPAA, depending on your employer's "BYOD" security policies.

 

The penalties for violating HIPAA rules are substantial, even when the violations are well-meaning and unintentional.  The Feds do not mess around with this at all.

This applies both to individuals and to organizations.  It can be very complicated.

 

As such, no matter what it is you might be trying to do, I respectfully suggest that you consult with your IT professionals for further guidance -- for your own safety and for that of your employer and the patients whose data are involved.

 

Just my two cents and worth less, as a friendly suggestion,

 

MM



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 04:48 PM

Hi and welcome: :)

 

 

John,

 

          Interesting article, and a good one to file away for future reference.  However, it doesn't address "he drop down list that occurs in the "File name" dialog box when saving downloaded files."

 

          I'm still trying to fathom what the issue is there and await clarification from the original poster.

Some of my work files have names that are to be kept private according to HIPAA regulations.

 

I just want to know how it can be done.

 

(Emphasis mine)

 

If this is your work computer, then I respectfully suggest contacting your in-house IR/IT/InfoSec staff for further guidance.

If this your own computer (e.g. your own unencrypted laptop) on which you have HIPAA-sensitive data with PII (such as medical records or portions thereof), then you may already be in violation of HIPAA, depending on your employer's "BYOD" security policies.

 

The penalties for violating HIPAA rules are substantial, even when the violations are well-meaning and unintentional.  The Feds do not mess around with this at all.

This applies both to individuals and to organizations.  It can be very complicated.

 

As such, no matter what it is you might be trying to do, I respectfully suggest that you consult with your IT professionals for further guidance -- for your own safety and for that of your employer and the patients whose data are involved.

 

Just my two cents and worth less, as a friendly suggestion,

 

MM

 

Your suggestion is appreciated!






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