Lightroom Classic: Renaming Files bug - error stating I cannot use a dot (.) to begin a filename

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Renaming files in LR classic does not work. Any file name I type in to use as a replacement returns an error stating I cannot use a dot (.) to begin a filename. I am not typing in a dot. But on the example in the replace window, I see the dot has been put in by the software.
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Suzanne Morss

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Posted 2 months ago

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Rikk Flohr, Official Rep

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A Preference File will survive a Lightroom uninstall/reinstall. Sometimes weird behavior is corrected/cured by resetting the preferences. 

Reset Procedure:

1. Close Lightroom.
2. Hold down [Alt/Opt]+[Shift] while restarting Lightroom. 
3. Overwrite the Preferences when prompted by the dialog.
4. Close Lightroom.
5. Restart Lightroom.

Does the behavior continue after resetting the preferences?
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Suzanne Morss

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Actually, it completely changed the dialog box, which does not give me the example file name at all, but which also does not put a dot at the start of the file name. I have no idea what just happened, but at least it works. How quirky! Thanks.