This morning, I was trying to tidy my "My Documents" folder on our network drives. I write a lot of documents, and regularly will "Save As" to a new filename (document1.doc, document2.doc, ...) in case I need to jump back to a really old version of my document. I'd eventually stacked up about 6 or 8 "backup" copies of a strategy document I'd written - so I selected "Cut" on each of the old copies, made a new directory called "Drafts", then tried to "Paste" those files into the new folder.
That's pretty standard for file management in a GUI - I'd done this countless times under Linux.
But under Windows, I got this interesting dialog box:
First of all, I was doing all my work in Windows Explorer (the file manager) not Internet Explorer, so I don't know why the dialog claimed it was from the web browser.
But the message "Do you want to move or copy files from this zone?" isn't a yes-no question. That's an either-or question! The errors on Windows make no sense to me, and this is a perfect example. I didn't want to lose my important work, even though I was only working with old drafts of a document. So I needed to be clear which button to press - if I pressed the wrong button, would Windows lose my files?
After a (long) while, I figured the question only made sense if it was asking "Do you want to move or copy files from this zone?" That is, do I really want to do this file operation? That's the only way I could read that question as a yes-no question. So I clicked Yes.
Sometimes these dialog boxes make me feel like I'm disarming a bomb. Click the wrong thing, and it's all over.