Windows Explorer is probably one of the applications you use most often. However, there may be options that have escaped your attention. How about the following tips:
Copy or Move Files Quickly:
It is best to open two Explorer windows to quickly copy or move files. Opening a new window is most convenient with a keyboard shortcut ( Windows key + E). You will then see ‘This PC’ by default. However, when you press Ctrl + N, a window opens with the same file location as in the first window.
Choose Folders via the Breadcrumb Trail:
By default, the current path appears in the address bar as a breadcrumb trail, for example, This PC> MyBook> Software> SisoftSandra. To quickly change to another subfolder, click the arrow just after the parent folder (in our example Software >): you will get a dropdown menu with the available subfolders.
Extra Options in the Shortcut Menu:
If you hold down the Shift key while right-clicking on a file or folder, additional options will become available in the shortcut menu, including Copy as path and Open PowerShell window here. However, you can also add your own items. Type shell: send to into the address bar and place any desired shortcuts to drives, folders or programs here.
The breadcrumb trail does not always match the real folder name. For example,> This PC> System (C :)> Users is actually C: \ Users. You can find out by clicking on an empty spot on the right side of the address bar. To return to a previously entered path, click the small arrow to the right of the address bar or press F4. You will then receive an overview of the most recent locations.
Folders in Different Views:
The Windows Explorer can show folders in different views (via View, under Layout). The two most commonly used are probably Details and Large icons, also accessible from the icons on the right side of the status bar. As for the Details view, right-click a column name and click More to see all available columns. Tip: The keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + plus) (in the numeric keypad) makes all columns just wide enough.
Did you know that it is convenient to read in the Windows Explorer when it comes to PDFs? Open the explorer and select the tab image. Click the Preview Window option and choose View Details. Do you now have a reasonably large monitor? Then you don’t even have to start the PDFs to view them. You can now continue to browse and click through your document in the explorer.