What does it mean when files have an"X" marked in the corner?!



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  • @Diana-Newwave said in What does it mean when files have an"X" marked in the corner?!:

    what it means when files have a little “X” in the bottom left corner?

    This might be the best case ever for posting a screenshot of what you’re talking about. :-)



  • @Alan-Kilborn Wait, didn’t I post one? (titled example.png)



  • @Diana-Newwave

    Ah, I missed that as most people just paste an image directly so it appears automagically:

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    I think what you have there are Excel files, which aren’t editable with Notepad++.



  • But it is interesting that the files have a .txt extension.
    Maybe the operating system is detecting that they are actually Excel files, somehow.
    If you open them in Notepad++ do you see “crazy stuff”?
    Example of crazy stuff:
    cd9a4e04-e4a5-4cab-b683-ec202e394bdc-image.png



  • @Alan-Kilborn

    Ah they definitely aren’t excel files, I know they were all made as Notepad files.

    Thank you for the suggestion! I downloaded Notepad ++ and noticed that there, none of the files were marked with a little X in the corner. Instead, they all looked the same:

    example2.png

    When I clicked on one file that I knew used to have an X though, this window popped up:

    example3.png

    So it says it couldn’t open the file. :O

    All help is super appreciated, thanks ya’ll if you’re reading this!



  • @Diana-Newwave said in What does it mean when files have an"X" marked in the corner?!:

    I downloaded Notepad ++ and

    Arrrrgh. You mean we weren’t actually starting with a Notepad++ related problem from the very beginning (this is a Notepad++ forum after all), and we probably still aren’t at a Notepad++ problem?

    Ah, well… Actually, I’m not sure anyone is going to be able to help with your specific problem. Maybe, though…



  • Based on your error screenshot, it’s on a OneDrive file. I know that OneDrive has some settings where it will show you a list of files in the folder, even if it hasn’t downloaded that file onto your local machine; if it’s in that state, and the “let me open the file” message that Notepad++ uses doesn’t trigger OneDrive to download the file to your machine.

    So, a couple of things I’d try:

    1. copy the file from the OneDrive folder to some other folder (like your desktop), and open the file in Notepad++ from there (that makes sure everything excluding OneDrive is working as expected)
    2. in the OneDrive folder in Windows Explorer, right click on your “july trading dti.txt”. Does the menu contain something like:
      ee293d44-f371-47be-b48b-ab86632a4dc3-image.png
      If so, try clicking “Always keep on this device”, and wait for OneDrive to download the file to your machine (I think the taskbar OneDrive cloud-icon will change to it’s “busy” mode, then go back to the standard cloud when it’s done), then try to open it in Notepad++


  • @Alan-Kilborn said ,

    I downloaded Notepad ++

    You mean we weren’t actually starting with a Notepad++ related problem from the very beginning

    I chose to interpret that statement as “I re-downloaded and re-installed Notepad++” (which could have had the effect of fixing the .txt file association back to Notepad++, so that they were properly icon’d for Notepad++ rather than Excel). Otherwise, … yeah, that statement gave me pause, too. :-)

    But ignoring that, I don’t often have my OneDrive folders showing files that it hasn’t downloaded to my machine, so I don’t remember how seamlessly that feature of OneDrive works; but maybe Notepad++ requests to open the file differently than some other common applications, so OneDrive doesn’t recognize the request and download the file promptly enough; or maybe Notepad++ isn’t patient enough while OneDrive processes the request, and if the OP tried to open the file a second time, it would be there. But i think “Always keep on this device”, and being patient once, should help the OP’s current problem.