Category Archives: Windows File Explorer

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.

How to reset all folders view settings at once in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

How to reset all folders view settings at once in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

All Windows versions allow you to customize a specific folder's view to make it more suitable for the content in that folder. View changes are remembered by File Explorer/Windows Explorer or, all folders can be set globally to the same view via Folder Options. Sometimes, folder views get messed up in which case you might want to reset those customizations to clear out all the changes you made. In this article, we will see how to reset the folder view using Registry Editor for all folders at once in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.

How to disable switch view buttons at the bottom of the File Explorer window

How to disable switch view buttons at the bottom of the File Explorer window

In Windows 8, Microsoft changed the look of the good old Explorer application completely. It got the Ribbon UI instead of the menu and the toolbar. There are also tiny buttons to switch view at the bottom right corner of the window. If you never use these buttons, you might want to turn them off. In this article, we will see how to get rid of those buttons to switch views.

How to re-order folders inside a library in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

How to re-order folders inside a library in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

The Libraries feature was introduced in Windows 7 as part of the updated Explorer application. It allows you to consolidate multiple folders under a single Library so that content across various locations can be aggregated in a single folder-like view. The default libraries created in Windows are intended to group similar content like Pictures, Videos, Music and Documents. For example, the two Pictures folders - the one for your user account and the Public (Shared) pictures folder - are both included in the Pictures Library. You can add your own folders to any custom or predefined library. By default, Windows shows folders inside a library in the order in which you added those folders. You might be interested in reorganizing them and change their display order. It is a very simple, but not so obvious feature of Libraries. In this article, we will see how to re-order folders inside any Windows library.

How to create a copy for a file quickly in Explorer

How to create a copy for a file quickly in Explorer

Copying is one of the easiest things in Windows and is extremely simple ever since Windows 95. In this article, I would like to save your time a little and share with you how to make a backup copy with just two keyboard shortcuts - this is the fastest way I know.

Tip: Rename multiple files at once in File Explorer in Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7

Tip: Rename multiple files at once in File Explorer in Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7

You can rename a single file in Explorer by selecting it and pressing F2. What if you wanted to rename many files at once? Many alternative file management apps have the ability to rename several files at once. For example, Total Commander comes with a really impressive "Multi-Rename" Tool, which supports search and replace, regular expressions, case conversion and many other useful options. But did you know that Explorer, the default file manager of Windows 8, also lets you rename multiple files at once. The feature is a bit crude - you get little control over how to rename more than one file but if you only wanted to rename a folder full of pictures or music tracks serially, it is possible.

How to start Explorer in a separate process in Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7

How to start Explorer in a separate process in Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7

By default, File Explorer (Windows Explorer) opens all its windows in a single process. That process is called explorer.exe. Explorer.exe and its associated DLLs include all of the user interface in Windows - the taskbar, the Start button and the Start menu, as well as the Start screen in Windows 8. When something goes wrong in one of Explorer's windows such as a hang or a crash, it can cause the whole Explorer.exe process to be closed and restarted. All Explorer windows will be closed immediately, and the user interface (taskbar, Start button etc) disappears and loads again. Enabling Explorer to open separate processes for the file browser can improve the stability of the Explorer shell. Additionally, it is useful to test Registry tweaks you make as they will be applied directly because every new instance of Explorer will read its settings from the registry every time you open a new window. Let's see all the ways to start Explorer in a separate process.

How to change the Explorer behavior when you type in an open window

How to change the Explorer behavior when you type in an open window

When you type something in File Explorer, by default the item with a name that begins with the letter or number that you typed in the currently open folder or drive will be selected. For example, if you are exploring C:\, you can press Pro to jump directly to C:\Program Files. It is possible to customize this behavior in Windows 7 and Windows 8 so instead of the file getting selected, a search is performed. File Explorer offers two choices which can change the behavior of the Explorer window after your keyboard input. In this article, we will see how to access and change these options.

How to backup and restore Taskbar pinned apps in Windows 8 and Windows 7

How to backup and restore Taskbar pinned apps in Windows 8 and Windows 7

In Windows 7, Microsoft introduced the ability to pin your favorite apps to the taskbar. This option was designed as a fast way to put app shortcuts on the Taskbar using jumplists instead of dragging them to the Quick Launch toolbar. In Windows 8.1 Update 1, the taskbar allows to pin Modern apps as well. After reinstalling Windows, you may need to pin your apps again one by one. Although it is not difficult, you can also restore all previously pinned apps at once. Let's see how it can be done.