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How to re-order folders inside a library in Windows 10

How to re-order folders inside a library in Windows 10

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. By default, Libraries are disabled in Windows 10 but you can enable them. Windows 10 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. Here is how.

Make Explorer open custom folder instead of This PC or Quick Access in Windows 10

Make Explorer open custom folder instead of This PC or Quick Access in Windows 10

In Windows 10, File Explorer opens to the Quick Access folder by default. Microsoft added an option in its settings which can revert File Explorer to the classic behavior and make it open the This PC folder instead. If the user wants to open a custom folder instead This PC or Quick Access, there is no such option. Here is a way to bypass this limitation.

The evolution of the File Explorer icon in Windows 10

The evolution of the File Explorer icon in Windows 10

File Explorer is the default file management application which comes bundled with every modern version of Windows. It allows the user to perform all basic file operations like copy, move, delete, rename and so on. During the development of Windows 10, Microsoft was updating folders icons, control panel icons and system app icons several times. Here is how the File Explorer icon was changed during Windows 10 development.

How to start File Explorer in a separate process in Windows 10

How to start File Explorer in a separate process in Windows 10

By default, File 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 in Windows 10. 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 in Windows 10.

Set Do this for all current items checkbox by default in Windows 10 copy dialog

Set Do this for all current items checkbox by default in Windows 10 copy dialog

When you copy or move multiple files and folders from one location to another, a conflict resolution dialog may appear on the screen in Explorer. If some files or folders already exist in the destination location, Windows 10 asks what to do with such files, i.e. overwrite, copy with a different name or skip them. There is a checkbox called 'Do this for all current items' which is always annoyingly unchecked by default. Using a simple trick you can make this checkbox on by default. This improves the usability of File Explorer in Windows 10.

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 encrypt and decrypt commands in Windows 10 right click menu

How to add encrypt and decrypt commands in Windows 10 right click menu

For many versions, Windows has included an advanced security feature called Encrypting File System (EFS). It allows the user to store files and folders encrypted, so they will be protected from unwanted access. Other user accounts cannot access it, neither can anyone from the network or by booting into another OS and accessing that folder. This is the strongest protection which is available in Windows to protect individual files and folders without encrypting the whole drive. But Microsoft has kept this useful feature pretty well hidden and only in business editions of Windows. It is possible to add Encrypt and Decrypt commands to the right click menu (context menu) in File Explorer to using EFS becomes easier.

How to re-add Favorites to navigation pane of Windows 10 Explorer

How to re-add Favorites to navigation pane of Windows 10 Explorer

In Windows 10, the good old Favorites folder was removed from the navigation pane in File Explorer. It was replaced by the new feature called Quick Access, which combines Favorites with Recent files and also shows frequently used folders. Here is how you can re-add Favorites to navigation pane of Windows 10 File Explorer.

Change default New Folder name template in Windows 10

Change default New Folder name template in Windows 10

When you create a new folder in File Explorer of Windows 10, it is named "New Folder" by default. With a simple Registry tweak it is possible to customize this behavior and set the default name template to any text you want. Here is how.