Don't add "copy of" to file name in save as dialog
When I save my file with a new name "Save As" it always adds "Copy of " to the file name. I don't always catch this because it's not expected behaviour, and that part of the UI is quite busy.
I never want to add a prefix to the file name automatically, it breaks file sorting and I can't find the new file.
I'm usually just saving the file as the next revision.
I did F12... and copy of still hanging out
I, like MANY others find this a tremendous waste of time, and immediately went to "Options" to turn this off. HOWEVER - there's no option?!?!?! Found this site and find the F12 is a viable solution for me. THANK YOU!!
Backup Bob commented
The automatic "Copy Of" feature is a terrible time waster and it only seems to affect Excel. The F-12 options works well so this is not something that is required. It appears to be one more way Microsoft is trying to protect users from themselves.
Windows 10 is another example of that. They have made it so simple that I cannot do much useful with it. Classic Shell (now Open Shell) makes it work like Windows 7.
A friend who is new to computers is trying to master Windows 10. I switched mine to standard mode and had a terrible time coaching him because of how it has been "simplified" so most of the useful features are missing, that is, unless you know to look for them. Microsoft has moved from clicking icons to searching and using effectively DOS commands.
I wish Windows and some of their other offerings had three modes that a user can set easily:
1. New user: Includes hints, simplified menus, etc.
2. Skilled user: Give me that old Windows 7 interface and choices in Control Panel and I will be happy.
3. Expert: For people who know what they are doing.
I find it ludicrous that to create a new user account I need to fill out a questionnaire and choose what "family" they are in, etc. I am used to creating a user, assigning permissions, and then going on with life.
Is there a trick to getting F12 to work for files stored in SharePoint online and/or O365?
Since we have moved from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint Online, this no longer works for me. It causes the file to "stay locked to me" but when I clear from my cache to resolve that, my edits are not preserved.
Any tips would be so appreciated!
Yes, this "copy of" is AWFUL.
Thank you so much for the F12 trick!!!! You are awesome!!!
On another blog, the person pointed out that if you press F12 (which is the shortcut key for "save as") the dialog box opens without "Copy of" appended to the front of the file name. Who knew?
While working in the Excel sheet. Instead of pushing file, save as....blah blah blah. Just push F12, brings up the save dialog box without the copy..... addition
Press F12 where? It didn't work for me.
Thank you CDF C F12 is awesome!
CDF C commented
The fix is.... press F12. You're welcome!
HATE this feature
I am not sure what Microsoft was trying to fix when they decided that every file should be saved with the title beginning with 'Copy of', but whatever it was, it must have been something that only one person had an issue with. It works just fine to have the warning if I am trying to save over a file of the same name, but that is all that was needed. "Copy of" NEEDS TO GO, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.
George Christelis commented
What seems to work for me is to "Remove attachment preview " in the Outlook settings.
File-Options - Trust Centre - Trust Centre settings - Attachment handling - Then click the box "Turn off attachment handling" - then click OK.
Hope this is a solution for you too.
My co-worker re-saves up to dozens of POs to PDF in Excel each day. Frustrated by this issue, he discovered a workaround:
Add Save As to the Quick Access Toolbar (the set of buttons on the left side of the Title Bar)
- Click the ↧ dropdown arrow on the right of the Quick Access Toolbar
- Click More Commands...
- Double click Save As from the list on the left
- Click OK
- You now have 1-click access to Save As WITHOUT Copy of!
Michael Pollard commented
No, it hasn't been resolved. It's a "feature". Kind of like security updates that reboot your computer while you've stepped away from your desk for a few minutes and had 15 documents not saved.
Does anyone know how to resolve this now? or is this still unresolved?
I agree. What a huge waste of time to remove this every time!
Please add an option to stop this in the future or just put it back to the way it was!
This is INFURIATING! I am wasting untold hours managing filenames instead of actually working. Microsoft, allow users an option to turn off this awfulness.
To piggyback on this topic, I agree this is terrible. I waste HOURS every week dealing with removing the "copy of" every time I save a file. I probably cut 350 workbooks per week, all different things, users emailing me back with their versions. Imagine 350 times have to remove "copy of" every time I try to save. It's infuriating that I can't click a box to turn this feature off in the Save Options somewhere.