Solved how can I rename a computer file?

April 15, 2012 at 02:09:50
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I save bank statements in pdf form to my desk top (where I can open and read the the document) and then download a new folder and transfer the statements to the folder, thereafter, I change the name of the statement to provide me with just the start and finishing dates so that I can see at a glance and also add a succeeding number at the start of the name.
All is fine until I need to open the file when a message appears....can't open this file you need permission from "DELUXPC/User" even though I am signed in as the administrator.
I finally try to transfer the statement back to desktop, but alas the same message comes up on the screen and the saved document is of no value to me.
DELUXPC IS THE NAME OF MY COMPUTER.
What am I doing wrong ?

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#1
April 16, 2012 at 08:43:18
Hi kind Respondent,
Thank you for your early comments.
I'm currently using Windows Premium 7 SP1 64-bit should this make a difference to my problem?
ALEXander

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#2
April 17, 2012 at 13:40:07
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Can't find any earlier comments on this forum.

Were the saved files working before you renamed them?

Make sure you are set to show file extensions and that .pdf is showing after the file name.

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#3
April 18, 2012 at 01:37:33
Hi Derek,
At the time of downloading to desktop the files were working (with their original names), transferring them to separate files seems to be the problem and perhaps changing the names, retaining only a small part of the original and adding a prefix
but not an identifiable suffix - .pdf
I did not open the files in new folders until after the name change leading to a screen message: 'you do not have permission to open "DELUXPC/User", which is rather strange as I'm the administrator.
I am now going to try ending files with .pdf as you suggest.
Thanks for your help. ALEXander

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#4
April 18, 2012 at 04:52:43
Instead of renaming and moving the file, try using the Save As feature and change the name and destination there and make sure the file type is listed as PDF so it will add the extension for you.
If this does not help by itself, try creating a new folder to put them into or check the attributes of the folder since the reason may lie there.

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


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#5
April 18, 2012 at 07:45:06
Thanks Fingers,
Sounds good to me, I'll give it a try and let you know the outcome.
ALEX

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#6
April 18, 2012 at 12:37:45
Whatever you decide to try, go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View.

Uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types" and leave it that way.

You should then see immediately what went wrong. Doing this also helps folk to better understand the different file extensions and what they do. I can't imagine why MS always hide extensions by default.

The format with the above invoked should be "Filename.pdf".

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#7
April 18, 2012 at 14:28:53
I suspect that the file originally did NOT have any extension, but the
browser knew to send it to the PDF file reader because it knew the
MIME type, sent along with the file. Without an extension, Windows
might be assuming it is an executable or otherwise restricted. I would
think that as long as you are logged in as administrator, you should
get a dialog which you can click "OK" (or "Yes" or whatever it says)
and you will then be able to view your file -- after telling Windows
which program to use to display it. Adding a .PDF extension should
fix everything.

But I'm no expert. It just looks similar to problems I've seen.

ALEX,

What did you mean by "and then download a new folder" in the first
post? Did you mean you *create* a new folder?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#8
April 19, 2012 at 05:19:38
Hi Derek,
Thanks for your further suggestions which I believe are very sound however, having now put them in to practice they do not solve the problem, which surprises me!
My bank stat's file contains 16 statements....stat's 1-12 I am able to open stat's 13-16 I am unable to open the latter group are the subject of my present problem.
I have checked the Properties of all documents and theyare all identical and all documents have been transferred adopting the same route further more the names have been changed in similar ways and none have file endings .pfd.
Documents 13-16 the last to be added can't be opened or deleted, which brings me back to .....I's the problem more to do with Administrator's access? though I can't see why.
Kind regards, ALEX

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#9
April 19, 2012 at 06:51:39
Re this bit:
"further more the names have been changed in similar ways and none have file endings .pfd"

Was that a typo, or did you mean .pdf ?

If I am understanding this properly, when you saved the files at first they worked and it was only after you changed the names that you hit troubles.

In which case, with file extensions set to show, could you quote the full name and file extension of one of the problem files saved normally, and then with it saved with the name change that caused the issue?

By all means change the names of the files a little to prevent broadcasting them on here. If they were not such personal files I would ask you to send me one it to check out.

Rightly or wrongly I am assuming that the original saves which worked had a .pdf extension. Changing the name part should make no difference at all.

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#10
April 20, 2012 at 18:10:07
Did you manage to sort this out?

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#11
April 21, 2012 at 01:43:18
Derek,

Do you agree with my guess above that the files likely did not have
filename extensions originally, but were able to be displayed by the
browser used to download them because the browser had the MIME
information telling it that they are .PDF files?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#12
April 21, 2012 at 06:30:18
Jeff

I think that is quite possible.

As you say, provided the saves end with the extension .pdf they will probably work.


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