Windows native FTP copying files annoyance

I maintain websites on my personal domain for the classes I teach. In Windows 7, I have a shortcut for direct, native FTP access to my server. So when I’m preparing class notes in HTML, I have the FTP window open, and as I edit my files locally I periodically drag and copy to the server, then refresh in Firefox to see if everything looks right. I hope that makes sense.

Here’s the annoyance: when I copy files over, the dialog pops up asking if I want to replace the files. About one second later, the Copying… dialog appears (even though nothing is copying yet), right over the Confirm Replace dialog. So unless I’m quick enough to hit “yes” on the Confirm Replace dialog, I have to move the Copying… dialog out of the way.

This shows what I mean.

Is it possible to make Windows knock it off?

Sorry, I can’t help you with Windows Explorer’s FTP implementation. Would you consider alternatives?

I like FileZilla as a full-featured FTP client.

For automatic synchronization, I’ve heard good things about FTPbox, but I haven’t tried it myself.

I used to use 3rd party FTP programs, but with Windows 7 that need was eliminated. My problem is an annoyance, but not a big enough one to warrant installing a whole new program. I’m totally used to moving that Copying… window out of the way. I just thought it might be nice if there’s away around the problem. :slight_smile:

If you use the command line COPY or XCOPY command there should be a switch you can use to override the confirmation. But I’m not aware of a way to do it in Explorer.