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Windows Vista - Explorer
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Navigate your hard drives and removable media using Explorer in Windows Vista. Plus, learn how to tweak Explorer folder windows.


#1: Toggle File and Folder Double Click
Toggle whether or not Windows Vista lets you open files or folders by single or double-click.

#2: Show Recent Explorer Folder Views
Display recent views in Explorer including recently-accessed directories, stacks, and search results.

#3: Stack Similar Files
When viewing folders in Explorer, stack files by type, date, size, or other options.

#4: Remove Popup Descriptions for Desktop Items
Remove popup text that appears when you hover over Desktop icons in Windows Vista.

#5: Show File Extensions
Prevent Windows Vista from hiding file extensions in Explorer, a possible security risk.

#6: Modify the SendTo Menu
Add the ability to right-click on a file and send it to a text editor, a word processor, or other application.

#7: Show Protected Operating System Files
Toggle whether Windows Vista should show protected operating system files when browsing folders in Explorer.

#8: Toggle Showing Folder Size on Hover
Toggle whether or not Windows Vista should calculate and display the size of files containined inside folders as a folder tip.

#9: Toggle Displaying Thumbnails or Icons
If thumbnails are not displaying in Windows Vista Explorer folders, or if you wish to turn off thumbnail display for speed, perform this tip.

#10: Toggle Status Bar
Toggle a status bar at the bottom of Explorer folder views in Windows Vista.

#11: Copy File or Folder Path to DOS Prompt or Windows App
Copy the name of a file or folder's path to the DOS command window, a Windows application, a text file, or other locations.

#12: Forward and Backward Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows Explorer in Vista supports some of the same navigation keyboard shortcuts as those in Internet Explorer.

#13: Select All Files / Subfolders
Quickly select all files and subfolders of a folder when performing operations in Windows Vista Explorer.

#14: Increase Stability via Separate Processes
Increase Windows Vista's stability by launching Explorer folders in separate processes.

#15: Toggle or Configure the Details Pane
Toggle the Details Pane appearing at the bottom of Explorer windows or change its size.

#16: Change Folder Picture
Choose which image Windows Vista uses to display the icon of a folder containing pictures.

#17: Toggle Displaying the Menu Bar
Toggle the menu bar display in Windows Vista Explorer folders.

#18: Partially Hide Drive Letters
Clean up the display in Windows Vista's "My Computers" folder by hiding drive letters from view.

#19: Open Folders in Separate Windows
When performing file maintenance on a Windows Vista system, consider opening separate Explorer windows.

#20: Toggle Displaying Hidden Files and Folders
Toggle displaying files previously hidden by Windows Vista.

See Also:

File Recovery - Undelete

Tips regarding software packages for Windows that help recover (undelete) files that have been accidentally deleted from hard drives, as well as removable media including digital camera memory cards.

File Renamers

Tips on how to organize files through the use of file renaming applications. Applications may support EXIF and MP3 tags, allowing for more automated renaming of photos and music.

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