Posts Tagged ‘Windows Explorer’

Open Relative Command Prompt or Explorer Windows Quickly

Friday, October 28th, 2016

These days, most people generally don’t use the command prompt often as was they did years ago, but this is still a cool trick.

When it comes to opening command prompt windows or Windows Explorer / File Explorer windows, there is often a way to accomplish this faster. How would you for instance open a command prompt window that uses the same path as the open Explorer window quickly? Would you select File > Open command prompt > Open Command Prompt in File Explorer? Hold down the Shift-key while you right-click on the folder you want as the starting folder of a command prompt window? Use a third-party program that adds an option to the shell directly? Open Command Prompt manually and navigate to the folder manually as well?


OldNewExplorer Turns Windows 8’s Windows Explorer into Windows 7’s

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

I never cease to be amazed by the never ending parade of products that are designed to turn Windows 8 back into
Windows 7 …

One of the few changes that Microsoft made to the desktop part of the Windows 8 operating system was a redesigned Windows Explorer interface.

Microsoft renamed the default file browser to File Explorer, but that was not the only change that shipped with Windows 8. The new interface uses a ribbon design by default in the header similar to the design that Microsoft’s Office suite uses.


How to Recover Data from a Damaged docx, xlsx or pptx Document

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Here’s a cool trick for accessing damaged MS Office documents …

Interrupted transfers, system crashes while editing documents or malware may corrupt Office documents on your system. When Office fails to open a document that it opened previously or supports, you know that something is not right. While you could try a program like File Repair to recover data from corrupt documents, you can alternatively try to fix the issue by yourself, provided that the damaged documents are stored in docx, pptx or xlsx format on your hard drive.


Want to Run 64-Bit Internet Explorer on Windows 8’s Desktop? Here’s How

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Here’s a useful trick for Windows 8 users …

If you are running a 64-bit version of Windows 8 you have got access to 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Internet Explorer 10 on the system. The 64-bit version of Internet Explorer 10 is automatically started on the Modern user interface part of the operating system. On the desktop that is different as it is not run in a full 64-bit version.


Restart Windows Explorer explorer.exe with a Shortcut

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Here’s a cool trick that saves time when you need to restart Windows Explorer …

Windows sometimes displays a restart prompt when you install new software or update existing programs and applications on the system. And if you are into Registry hacking, you may also have noticed that the changes and hacks that you make do not become available right away most of the time.


Windows Tweaker 4 Released, Now Windows 8 Compatible

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

This looks like a handy tool for Windows users who need to custom tailor the Windows interface to fit their computing needs …

The program formerly known as Windows 7 Tweaker is no more, it is now known as Windows Tweaker. Its developer has just released version 4.0 of the software that Windows users can use to tweak certain features and parameters of their operating system. Windows Tweaker 4.0 supports all client side Windows systems from Windows XP up to the soon to be released Windows 8.


Hardwipe 2.0 Released, Delete Files Permanently

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

If you’re thinking about selling or donating a used computer and you want to make absolutely certain that the hard drive is cleared of sensitive data, then this type of program is an absolute must …

Files that you delete in Windows do not get removed from the storage device – usually a hard drive – right away. To speed up the process and all, the files are just marked as not being available anymore, and their disks space is set to be available again for new data.


Remove Applications from the Context Menu in Windows Manually

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

If your context menu is cluttered with unused applications, here’s how to clean it up …

Windows accumulates context menu items any time you install several applications. Not all applications end up on the context menu but enough do so over time that the menu can become cluttered. You might find yourself wondering, “How did that get there?” You may not want it on the context menu, but it is there and you are stuck with it. Or are you? No, you are not. If it is something that you use, perhaps you should leave it on the context menu. If you do not use the application very often and prefer to access it from a different location, there is no reason to leave it there.


Using Windows 7 Advanced Search Operators

Friday, September 16th, 2011

I’ve been using Windows 7 for about a year now, but I still haven’t used the new search function yet. This article makes me want to search for something (anything,) just to check out the new features …

Windows users are familiar with the not so perfect search utility in XP. Now with Windows 7 we have an ideal form of searching ability with Advanced Query Syntax (AQS). These are advanced operators that, when used correctly, make file searches easily on target. Windows 7 utilizes an Advanced Search option that can be used instead of Advanced Query Syntax. This was developed with the Windows Search tool as a part of the Windows 7 package. This can be accessed, in a basic sense, from the Start menu, or with Windows Explorer for a specified search in a particular folder or drive.


Microsoft Talks Ribbon, Metro UI in Windows 8

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Here’s another pretty solid hint as to what the upcoming Windows 8 interface might look like …

Since the beginning of last month, Microsoft started pushing out blog posts over at the Building Windows 8 blog. This is more or less a repeat of the marketing efforts when the Windows 7 operating system was developed back in 2009. The long articles sometimes offer interesting insight into the decision making process, and more often than not into changes, improvements and new features that will make their way into the next version of the Windows operating system.