The Windows File Explorer browser receives much less praise than it deserves, it is one of the most complete and powerful windows operating system tools and it improves significantly with each version. If you have used other file managers in other operating systems, you can not deny that however beautiful they look, they do not let you do everything Windows lets you do.
In Windows 10 several new things were included that make the browser even better and that few users take advantage of. Today we are going to teach you several of them, we are going to give you some tips to squeeze the explorer to the fullest and we will also tell you how you can change your appearance, add extra things or remove those that you do not like.
Add tabs to Windows Explorer
This is something that some Linux users are already accustomed to, and to which anyone who has used a web browser in their life will find it super practical. There is an application called Clover that adds tabs to Windows Explorer.
It works from Windows XP to Windows 10. It's free, and not only lets you open several folders within the same window thanks to the use of tabs very similar to Chrome or Firefox, but it lets you add favorites to a bar, or change The theme is compatible with Google Chrome.
You can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + T to open new tabs, with CTRL + W you close a tab, and with CTRL + Tab you switch between the different tabs. If you are someone who prefers to use your keyboard than the mouse, you will save a good amount of time between tasks.
Restart the Explorer in case of emergency
While we said that Windows Explorer is very good, we did not say it was perfect. If you know all the users of this operating system is the curse of crashes and applications that stop responding, the Explorer is one of the most suffering from this evil.
At Microsoft they know it, and that's why from Windows 8 they added a button dedicated to restarting Windows Explorer from the Task Manager. You just have to right click on the start button and select the Administrator, or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + ESC.
From there in the Processes tab, look for the Windows Explorer in the list of active applications, select it and then click on the "Restart" button that appears below and to the right.
See advanced audio and video information
With the MediaTab add-on you can get detailed information of multimedia files by simply right clicking on them. You can know things like codec, bitrate, resolution, code options, metadata and more without having to open a separate application.
Hide frequent folders from quick access
In Windows 10 a new feature was added to the Windows Explorer section called "Quick Access". Every time the system detects that you open a lot of certain folders, it automatically adds them to that list. This sometimes generates very long and somewhat annoying lists. It may be that one day I opened a folder a lot, but it does not mean that I want a direct access to it forever.
Luckily, we can turn this off so that it looks more like the favorites that appeared in the browser in Windows 8. To do this we have to open the folder options of the browser:
Now in the Privacy options in the General tab, uncheck the boxes "Show recently used files or folders in Quick Access".
You can also take advantage of changing the behavior of the browser when you first start it. By default it opens in Quick Access, but you can choose to start in This computer, or equivalent to the old "My Computer".
Change the type of view quickly
You probably know that by right clicking inside any Windows Explorer folder you open a contextual menu to change how the icons look. You know, small, medium, large, very large, mosaics, content or details.
What you may not know is that you do not have to do a single click to navigate between all those views, all you have to do is press the CTRL key and move the mouse wheel. The GIF above shows it clearly.
Rename multiple files at once
Renaming files in Windows Explorer is easier than some believe, if you know how to use the tool well, you will save many, many clicks. If for example you want to change the name of several files at the same time for different things, you just have to right click on it and choose "Rename" in the contextual menu that appears.
An even simpler way is to make a soft left click on the file and wait a second for the name to be editable. When you have changed the name you do not have to press Enter, you do not have to make another click, simply press the TAB key to pass the next file and rename it directly.
You can also select multiple files at the same time, right click, select the option "Rename" and choose a name for them, Windows Explorer will add a number in parentheses automatically to each element to differentiate them.
Add the option to send files to other devices
One of the most useful applications I have found in this life is called Pushbullet. This simple tool allows us to send files, notes, links, and images between different devices.
If you download the Windows version, it will be integrated with Windows Explorer so that each time you right click on any file, you will have the option to send it to your tablet, smartphone, another computer, another browser, a friend, etc. and this will receive it as a push notification. It can be incredibly convenient.
Do advanced searches
If you usually manage a lot of documents on your computer and there are so many that you always have trouble finding things the first time, you probably need more help to use the search function in Windows Explorer.
For example, something simple is that from the search drawer you can search for files according to the size and date of modification, but you may not know the different operators to do advanced searches that can be used in it.
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For example, the "AND" operator is used to search for files that contain two specific words. "Presentation AND May" will search for files containing the words "Presentation" and "May" in the name no matter where they are in the file.
The "NOT" operator does the opposite, "NOT Mayo Presentation" will search for files that contain the word "Presentation" and exclude all those that also contain the word "May". The "OR" operator will search for files that contain any of the two search terms, together or separately.
Delete search history
If for any reason you want to delete the search history of the Windows File Explorer, you can do it. Normally the browser remembers all the searches you have done before and when you start writing something in the drawer suggests past searches, this can be very useful and serve to save time, but if you share the computer with someone you could have your reasons to want delete it
Search File Explorer
To do this open the File Explorer, click inside the search box and then in "Search" under the "Search tools" tab. Then click on "Recent searches" and there will appear the option to erase the history.
Make Windows 10 Explorer look more like Windows 7
If you do not like the so-called "ribbon" menu that first appeared in Windows 8 and adds a lot of additional options to the file browser at the top, you can get rid of it with a tool called OldNewExplorer that makes your browser look like more to Windows 7.