How do you delete contents of 'File name window?

February 19, 2020 at 00:57:39
Specs: Windows 10, 4GB
In Yahoo Mail I used 'right-click > save as' to save several emails to my computer. I happened to notice that Windows apparently keeps a history of which emails were previously saved. No surprise there. The history becomes visible as a 'drop-down' when I clicked on 'File name."
Is there a way to purge this history? Note: I suspect this might be a Windows thing rather than a Yahoo thing.
Thanks

howagood


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#1
February 19, 2020 at 01:34:07
"when I clicked on 'File name"
Clicked which File name?

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#2
February 19, 2020 at 03:10:55
This may help, even if it gives a clue to try elsewhere.
https://www.wikihow.com/Delete-Yaho...

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#3
February 19, 2020 at 06:30:06
Johnw:

By "click on 'File name,'" I mean the following:
Open your email program in a browser.
Open one email.
Locate the screen cursor anywhere within the open email.
Right-click once.
From the drop-down menu, select 'Save as...'.
In the 'Save as' window, click the down-arrow corresponding to 'File name'
The list of file names that appears is what I want to delete.

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#4
February 19, 2020 at 09:29:58
You could try this...I have not.

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials...


re: "The list of file names that appears is what I want to delete."

If I understand my quick read of those instructions, you are hiding the list of recent files, not deleting them. That makes me think that they will still be there if the feature is re-enabled. It might be an updated list based on your most recent usage, but it might still contain some of the current stuff.

Certainly worth a test.

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#5
February 19, 2020 at 12:40:35
I don't use Yahoo.

"I suspect this might be a Windows thing rather than a Yahoo thing"
As you suspect Windows, this may help. It can edit the context menu.
ShellExView
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Syste...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/ShellE...
http://www.freewarefiles.com/screen...
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shexvi...


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#6
February 19, 2020 at 14:15:11
I just installed Yahoo, I don't see what you saying.

"From the drop-down menu, select 'Save as...'."
Upload SS ( screenshot )
"In the 'Save as' window, click the down-arrow corresponding to 'File name'"
Upload SS

Imgur ( no time delays/Captcha-I'm not a Robot/account/registration needed ) Give us the links please.
https://imgur.com/upload


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#7
February 19, 2020 at 15:26:07
Johnw:

Allow me to help out here:

re: ""From the drop-down menu, select 'Save as...'.""

That should probably say "From the right-click context menu, select Save As..."

Down below I provided a link to a SS of an email in a Yahoo webmail page. (I don't use Yahoo mail, but SWMBO does, so I am somewhat familiar with it)

I sent SWMBO an email entitled "Test" with a body of Test. I opened that email from her Inbox page and right-clicked on it. You can see the email behind the right-click context menu.

At the end of the Filename field there is a drop down arrow, the same drop down arrow that you will find in any Save As dialog box. (If you are reading this in a browser on a Windows machine, you can see that right now just by right-clicking this page and choosing Save As...)

If you click that drop down arrow, you will see a list of recently saved files of the same file type (Webpage Complete in this example) In my SS below, I wasn't able to capture the expanded drop down and snip the page at the same time, but the drop down arrow is there. I'm sure you'll see what I (and the OP) mean. I'm sure you've seen it a gazillion times before. ;-)

The contents of that drop down list is what I believe he is trying to delete.

In any case, I believe that I addressed his issue in Response #4...we'll see what he says.

Here's the Yahoo mail screenshot:

https://imgur.com/a/2F6pRr6

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#8
February 19, 2020 at 16:17:42
Since it is in your browser I would first try clearing out your browser history and cookies, it is probably your browser that is trying to be helpful.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
February 19, 2020 at 19:59:55
Fingers:

The drop down list that he asking about is not in his browser. It is in a standard Windows "Save As" dialog box.

Please see my Response # 7 for a screen grab and then my Response #4 for a link to a possible solution.

Let's hope the OP comes back to let us know if that helps.


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#10
February 19, 2020 at 22:28:32
I am using Edge browser. This version of Edge does not appear to
have a 'Save As' function anywhere.

In two very old programs that I use in Windows 10 all the time, one a
programmer's text editor and the other a graphics creation / editing
program, the 'Save As' function appears to be accessible only from the
File menu or by pressing F12. (The programs are totally unrelated -- I
believe that F12 must have been a standard shortcut for 'Save As" in
Windows since keyboards first got function keys beyond F10.)

In those two programs, the standard Windows 'Save As' dialog box does
not have a drop-down arrow at the end of the 'File name' box. However,
the 'Save as type' box does have a drop-down arrow.

I suspect that it is the browser that tells Windows to add the drop-down
arrow and list, and that the original poster is not using Edge, or is using
a more recent version of Edge than I am.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#11
February 20, 2020 at 03:21:44
re: "I am using Edge browser. This version of Edge does not appear to have a 'Save As' function anywhere."

I don't use Edge, but I did a quick test. If I right click a Picture I get a "Save Picture As..." option.

The dialog box has the drop down that is being discussed. Note the blue circle on the right of the File Name field.

https://i.imgur.com/d3bAHg4.png

Update: On some Edge windows I also get a "Save Target As..." option. When I chose that option, the drop down at the end of the Filename field is available.

Further Update:

Using Edge and Bing, I went looking for something in PDF format and grabbed the following form. If I right click, I get a "Save As..." option. When I chose that option, the drop down at the end of the Filename field is available.

https://health.ny.gov/publications/...


Notes:

- The tests for the 2 Updates were done using Edge version 42.17134.1098.0.
- The original test (Save Picture As...) was done using Edge version "I won't know until I get home tonight". The best I can tell you for now is that it should be fairly recent since the machine was purchased directly from Dell in January 2020. A few Win 10 updates have come through, so I assume the Edge browser has been updated also. I will check later and update this post.

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#12
February 20, 2020 at 21:54:06
DerbyDad03

Ah! Right you are! When I right-click on a picture I get
'Save target as' and 'Save picture as'. Since the OP was
asking about saving emails, it didn't occur to me that emails
might be different from plain text, which is all I tried. I did try
both unselected text and selected text, though....

And you are right that the filename input box has a drop-down
containing previously-accessed files. Clicking 'Save target as'
gives me an empty drop-down box, but 'Save picture as' gives
a list of pictures I opened since the last time I ran CCleaner,
about two days ago. I think they may all be pictures I opened
from Windows File Explorer. It is possible that I opened some
or all of them from my graphics editing app. Faulty memory.

So these 'Save as' options with drop-down boxes have been in
Edge since probably August 2016.

So it looks like Edge (and lots of other apps) access the Windows
recently-accessed files list and sort out files of the relevant types.

I don't see a way to turn off saving the list of recently-accessed
files in Windows Settings. There is an option in CCleaner to clear
that list, under "Windows Explorer -- Recent Documents". The
option is set by default.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#13
February 21, 2020 at 03:45:55
Jeff,

re: "I don't see a way to turn off saving the list of recently-accessed files in Windows Settings"

I offered a possible solution way back in Response #4. Follow the link provided. There is a setting to hide the contents of that list. I have not yet tested it myself.

Unfortunately, as often happens in many forums, it appears that the OP has moved on without letting us know if he tried it. We appear to be talking to ourselves.

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#14
February 21, 2020 at 04:36:51
It's less than two days since he last posted. That's nothing.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#15
February 21, 2020 at 05:17:09
re: "It's less than two days since he last posted. That's nothing."

I guess we'll see.

Did you review my Response #4? Do you agree that it applies here? i.e. it's a Windows setting, not a browser or Yahoo issue.

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#16
February 21, 2020 at 13:54:37
Oh, yes, sure. I'm not going to try to test it, but that could be
just fine for the OP.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#17
March 8, 2020 at 14:20:45
re: "re: "It's less than two days since he last posted. That's nothing.""

It's now 2 + 16

Is that long enough to consider it a "post and run"? ;-)


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