Photoshop: "Save As" functionality glitching?

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This has happened to me twice in the past couple of days, and sporadically over the last several months. I use Photoshop to create email layouts so oftentimes what I do is open the previous version of a design and do a "Save As" to keep the same template. All my files are named after the date. I opened my 1-30-2020 file, selected "Save As," named the file 1-31-2020, and started working. I happened to look at the tab for the file and noticed the filename still said "1-30-2020," effectively saving over my older file with the new work that I had done! I thought at first that maybe I'd forgotten to do "Save As" but when I went back in my folders, there was the file 1-31-2020, right where I saved it in the first place. Not sure what is going on, but it's an annoying little glitch that causes me to lose and accidentally save over previous work.
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Sara Michaels

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UPDATE: This just happened to me again. That's twice in one day. Luckily the history goes back far enough that I can just go back and then re-save so as not to lose work. But this is getting a little ridiculous!
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Keith Anderson

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Hello Sara, You might not be alone.  I think PS has done that for several years and it is not just a new issue with PS 2020.  I think Adobe think it is a feature, not a glitch, and the behaviour might be predictable, depending upon exactly what you did before doing Save As.  I haven't discovered what the rule is and just double check manually "Am I editing the file I think I'm editing?"  It might be a side effect of the tick in the As Copy box when doing the Save As, but I haven't discovered any simple pattern I can remember.  Another work around I use is to use the operating system to make the copy and rename it.  When I do that I can be more confident PS is editing the file I want it to edit.  Good luck.