Tag Archives: File Explorer

Tip: Resize icons quickly on the Desktop or in a folder in Windows 10

Tip: Resize icons quickly on the Desktop or in a folder in Windows 10

In Windows 10, the default file management app, File Explorer has the ability to show your files and folders at several different sizes and views. These sizes include Extra Large icons, Large icons, Medium icons, List, Details, Tiles and Content view. To switch between views, you can use hotkeys, or the appropriate Ribbon command. In this article, we will review another method, which is very fancy and fast.

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.

Disable auto arrange in folders in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

Disable auto arrange in folders in Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

Previous versions of Windows such as XP and Vista came with the ability to freely arrange icons inside a folder. You were able to drag and drop icons inside a folder anywhere you wanted to without the icons snapping to a grid and getting auto-arranged. However, with Windows 7, Microsoft changed this Explorer behavior. Disabling Auto Arrange and Align to Grid options is no longer possible in Windows Explorer. In this article, we will see how to revive this feature and make it available in modern versions of Windows, including Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7.

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 add libraries to This PC in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

How to add libraries to This PC in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

Today I would like to share a trick which will allow you to have a Libraries icon right inside the This PC folder. It is applicable to Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. I guess it should work in Windows 7 too, but I have not checked it yet. Having Libraries in This PC is very time saving for people who use the Libraries feature frequently, as it will provide just one click access to Libraries from the old Open/Save Windows dialogs which do not have the folder pane.

Open This PC instead of Home in Windows 10 with a shortcut and hotkeys

Open This PC instead of Home in Windows 10 with a shortcut and hotkeys

Update: there is a native way to do it. Read HERE.
The information below is outdated and should be used for educational purposes only.

In Windows 10, File Explorer opens at the Home folder by default. You have no option to change this behavior and open it by default at the This PC folder. Here is how you can fix it easily (almost) without using third party tools. If you are not happy with the default behavior of File Explorer in Windows 10, read the rest.

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.