Posts Tagged ‘Windows Explorer’

New Windows Explorer Will Ship with Windows 8

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

This worries me; I’ve always been pretty happy with Explorer, just the way it is, and lately it seems like the more Microsoft “improves” stuff, the less effective it becomes …

Microsoft is currently pushing out new announcements like crazy on the Building Windows 8 blog. We for instance know that the company will improve file management features like copying in the new operating system. Today another major change was revealed in a very detailed post on the blog.


OpenWith Enhanced Improves Window’s Open With Dialog

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Third party add-ons for Windows always make me a little nervous, but the idea behind this one does sound pretty cool …

The Windows operating system displays the Open With dialog when a user clicks on a file that has an unregistered file extension. The Open With dialog in theory should display programs installed on the system that might be able to open the file on the computer. It also includes a browse option to pick a program from the computer manually, which can be handy for portable applications or programs that Windows has not included in the listing.


Classic Shell – Add Dropped Features to Newer Windows Versions

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Talk about irony; Microsoft spends hundreds of thousands of dollars updating the Windows interface, then somebody else comes up with a simple, free program to put things back the way they used to be …

When you compare the Windows XP operating system to Vista or Windows 7, you will notice that Microsoft has changed, altered or removed features in the newer operating system. From a new start menu to a new Windows Explorer layout, new copy user interface or the new Internet Explorer 9 that looks and feels slightly different than previous versions of the web browser.


Speed Up Windows Explorer by Disabling Thumbnail Previews

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Here’s a pretty basic tip that comes in particularly handy when working with a slower PC …

Windows users have several file display modes at their disposal in Windows Explorer. This ranges from several list view modes to icon view modes. Several popular image formats are supported by Windows Explorer, which has the effect that they will show up as thumbnail images in Windows Explorer. Some users may prefer to disable the thumbnail preview mode in Windows Explorer, for instance to speed up the processing of large image folders or to prevent that image previews show up in the file management software.


Display All Windows 7 Control Panel Tools at Once

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

If you’re not comfortable with the Windows 7 Control Panel, where tool icons are sorted into categories, here’s a neat trick that allows you to show all tools …

I have configured the Windows 7 Control Panel to display small icons instead of the unpractical categories that hide most of the tools and items. The main reason is that it provides a better overview of the available options and that it saves me some clicks every day.


Sortable Headers In All Windows Explorer View Modes

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

This sort of thing always makes me nervous … but on the other hand, it does sound useful.

Files and folders can be viewed in various view modes in Windows Explorer. From extra large icons over details and lists to the extended view mode. If you pay attention to the window, you will notice that the header area is not displayed when most of the view modes are selected.


Vista Drive Status – Drive Storage Information for XP’s Windows Explorer

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Amazing. Here we are, two major Windows versions after XP … yet developers are still writing programs to support Windows XP.

Windows 7 and Vista users see a representation of the free and used drive space in Windows Explorer. That’s handy for a number of reasons, for instance before copying or processing large files on the computer system.

Windows XP users on the other hand do not have that representation in Windows Explorer.


How to Add Program Links to Windows Explorer Favorites

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

I’m not sure why anyone would want to do this, but here’s how …

Several elements in the Windows operating system have been restricted by Microsoft. It is for instance not possible to pin folders to the Windows 7 taskbar, or to add programs to the Favorites group in Windows Explorer. There are however workarounds available that allow a user to do just that. This leaves the question unanswered why Microsoft decided to restrict the functionality in first place.


Three Options To Navigate UP In Windows Explorer

Monday, July 12th, 2010

If you prefer the old UP button over the new breadcrumbs, here’s how to get it back …

I just finished reading a guide over at Freeware Genius explaining how to add an UP button to Windows Explorer in Windows Vista and Windows 7, to bring back the Windows XP functionality to those operating systems.

The UP button was used in Windows XP to provide the user with an option to display the contents of the parent folder. Microsoft has removed the UP button and replaced it with a breadcrumb structure in the Explorer address bar since then.