| By Lincoln Spector |
You can’t do much on a computer without a file manager, and Win7’s Windows Explorer is one of the best.
But with a few tweaks and adjustments, you can make Explorer fit your particular computing style.
There’s little to complain about with Windows Explorer — that small, essential program you use a hundred times a day to find, open, copy, move, and delete files. It’s simple and direct, allows you multiple ways to view and sort your files, and even shows you their content (if they’re in a format of which Microsoft approves).
With Windows 7’s Explorer, the search field is always at hand and the indexed searches are remarkably fast. The navigation pane on the left gives you quick access to all your folders and drives, as well as your local network. You can even launch the DOS command-line environment within the folder of your choice.
But there are areas where Explorer could be better. Here are seven configuration tricks that can improve the world’s most popular file manager.
Stop keeping records of your searches
You’re probably familiar with Windows Explorer’s search capabilities. Just type windows secrets, for example, into the Search field in the upper-right corner of the Explorer window, and up come all files with that text string. (I have a lot of them on my computer.)
For your convenience, Windows Explorer saves these searches. Start typing a new search, and recent searches pop up to save you from the hassle of more typing.