Category Archives: Windows File Explorer

Add custom folders or Control Panel applets to Navigation Pane in File Explorer

Add custom folders or Control Panel applets to Navigation Pane in File Explorer

The ability to customize the navigation pane area was what many users wanted in modern versions of Windows. Unfortunately, out of the box, Windows does not provide an easy way to change items visible on the left in File Explorer. With recent releases, Microsoft made possible to hide Favorites and Libraries, but it is still not possible to add custom items or remove items like This PC or Homegroup without using Registry hacks. Today, I would like to show how to change this and add custom folders or Control Panel applets to the Navigation Pane in File Explorer.

How to change Desktop icon spacing in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

How to change Desktop icon spacing in Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

In earlier Windows versions like Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP, the user was able to adjust the distance between icons on the Desktop. There was an option in Advanced appearance settings which was eliminated in Windows 8 and above. If you need to adjust the icon spacing but your operating system does not offer a GUI option for this task, here is how can do it.

How to show app version and other properties in details pane of Explorer

How to show app version and other properties in details pane of Explorer

When you select a file in File Explorer, it shows some properties in the Details pane like date, size and offline availability. When a program EXE or DLL is selected, it shows some other info. In Windows XP, the Details pane contained more useful information like the app's version. In this article, we will see how to make the Details pane of Explorer in modern versions of Windows show more useful information and how it can be customized.

How to add Advanced Security to context menu in Windows 10

How to add Advanced Security to context menu in Windows 10

Having the command "Advanced Security" in the context menu of File Explorer is a useful option when you need to change file system permissions on a file or a folder. By default, it does not exist in Windows 10, so the user has to click numerous dialogs to get to the Advanced Security dialog, including first opening the file or folder's Properties. Here is how to save your time and add the Advanced Security command directly to context menu in Windows 10.

Rename files consecutively with Tab key in File Explorer

Rename files consecutively with Tab key in File Explorer

Previously, we covered how to rename multiple files in File Explorer without using third party tools. Today, I would like to share one more renaming related tip. In this article, we will see how to rename files consecutively using the Tab key in File Explorer.

Add VBScript file (*.vbs) to New menu of File Explorer

Add VBScript file (*.vbs) to New menu of File Explorer

Recently, we showed you a trick which allows you to have the New - Windows Batch File (*.bat) menu item in the context menu of File Explorer. In this article, we will see how to get a similar, useful context menu item to create a New -> VBScript file. It will save your time if you need to create them from time to time. You get a new file with the VBS extension instantly with one click.

Add Batch file (*.bat) to New menu of File Explorer

Add Batch file (*.bat) to New menu of File Explorer

In this article, we will see how to get a useful context menu item to create a New -> Batch file. It will save you time if you need to create them from time to time. You get a new file with the BAT extension instantly with one click.

Add Run as administrator context menu item to VBS files

Add Run as administrator context menu item to VBS files

There are not many cases when you need to execute a VBS script (*.vbs file) as Administrator. But when you need it, it can be tricky. Instead of just double clicking a VBScript, you need to open an elevated command prompt and type the name of the VB script file at the correct path to execute the script as admin. To avoid this, you can add a context menu command for VBS files to the File Explorer app which will allow you to run the selected VBS file as administrator. Here is how.

Show drive letters before drive names in This PC / Computer folder

Show drive letters before drive names in This PC / Computer folder

By default, Windows shows drive letters AFTER the drive labels (names) in the This PC / Computer folder. The user can prevent drive letters from being shown using Folder Options, however, there is no option to show them before the drive's name. For many users, having drive letters in front of the drive label can be a more convenient option. Let's see how to show drive letters before drive names in 'This PC'.

Reset the Library view to default in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

Reset the Library view to default in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

Libraries were introduced in Windows 7 and are incredibly useful to organize and aggregate files from several different folders and show them under a single, unified view. The user can customize that view according to his personal preferences, i.e. change the icon size, apply grouping and choose columns for the Details view. Once you have made changes to the default view, you might want to revert your changes back to the default view. Here is an easy way to do it quickly.