| By Katherine Murray |
Are you happy with the way your current version of Windows — whether Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 — behaves when you’re copying, moving, renaming, or deleting files?
Windows is notorious for showing inaccurate percentage complete, time remaining, and other information during file operations. Windows 8 is on track to do better.
Last week, Alex Simons, director of program management on the Windows engineering team, shared a few new Windows 8 features that may make some basic file operations easier and more intuitive. Keep in mind that what’s described below is based on an early preview of Windows 8. These features might — and probably will — change.
When you’re doing a large copy or move operation and have to wait for it to complete, Windows 8 will keep you better informed about the progress than previous Windows versions have. With that information, you’ll have more control over the process. Windows 8 will also handle naming conflicts in a friendlier way so that you can choose the files you want to keep with a minimum of dialog boxes and clicks required.
More and better information as you wait
When you’re performing multiple copy or move tasks at the same time, Windows 8 will show you the status of each operation and enables you to pause files so that others can be copied or moved more quickly. This means you can decide which folders or files you want to work with first, so the most important operations get done the soonest. Figure 1 shows you the more informative copy progress bars.
Figure 1. A first look at a Windows 8 copy procedure (courtesy of the Windows 8 blog)
You’ll also be able to click More Details to see additional information (shown in Figure 2) about the status of the various copy or move procedures. Windows 8 will show you in real time how the copying is progressing. Again, you can pause any process so that others can complete more quickly.