MS-DOS Shell Has Trouble Maintaining Dual File Lists (76674)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22
This article was previously published under Q76674
When viewing a dual file list, MS-DOS 5.0 and later Shell may not properly
maintain the first directory list while accessing a directory on a
different drive in the second directory list.
Steps to Reproduce Problem
• Enter Shell with the Program/File Lists view selected.
• Press the TAB key to move to the Directory Tree and select any
• Press TAB to move to the Main Window and select Editor. Press
• Once in MS-DOS Editor, from the File menu, choose Exit.
• In Shell, from the View menu, choose choose Dual File Lists.
• Press TAB to access the drive icons for the File List on the lower
half of the screen.
• Select a drive icon different than the drive selected in the File
List on the top half of the screen and press ENTER.
• The new drive is read and displayed as normal.
• Press TAB to access Directory Tree in the file list on the lower
half of the screen.
The Directory Tree in the top half of the screen does not have a
directory selected and the corresponding file list displays the files
contained in the root of the selected drive. The title bar above the
file list still displays the previously selected directory while the
file list displays the contents of the root directory.
Refreshing the screen (ALT+F5) updates the incorrect title bar with
Pressing the TAB key to return to the Directory Tree on the top of the
screen (without refreshing), again selects the first chosen directory.
The title bar for the file list displays the corresponding directory
while the file list displays the contents of the root directory.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in MS-DOS 5 Upgrade. This
problem does not occur in later versions of MS-DOS.
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