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    Improve Windows XPs Interface (Windows XP)

    I have longed for some time now for the ability to customize Windows well beyond what is currently considered customization in Windows especially in Windows Explorer. I have posted requests to see if anyone knew of a way even if it was a hack method to change the way Windows or at least WE (Windows Explorer) looks and acts. For example in WE I would love to use the Thumbnail view but it does not provide enough details about the item as the Detail view does. Ideally I would like to see a hybrid of these 2 views where I am able to bring together the best of both into a single view. Last night I gave some thought to this and put together a kind of wish list for Windows interface customization. I have placed it below in hopes that someone may either know of a way to do all or at least some of what I am wishing for in Windows XP or know of a utility program out there that will allow me to do this stuff.

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    Whether I am in WE (Windows Explorer) or on the desktop I want to be able to right-click and add a new object. This object could be one of many things such as:

    A) Folder
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    C) File (EX: Document, Spreadsheet)
    D) Macro
    E) Batch file

    This new object should be close to 0 customizable. For example I want to be able to specify the following for this object and these settings should be independent of any other object in the same location so that for example 2 icons on my desktop could be of different sizes. In this example of a location would be the desktop or a specified directory on a drive or share.

    1) Icon Details
    a. Icon Image
    b. Icon Size
    2) Click Actions
    a. Left-Clicking does

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    Re: Improve Windows XPs Interface (Windows XP)

    Great. Submit it to MS as a wishlist at Product Feedback. Then be prepared to write a shell replacement. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: Improve Windows XPs Interface (Windows XP)

    Joe, so do you feel that this is a good idea and that even if I submit it to MS I'd best be prepared to write a shell replacment myself if I want to actually see something like this? I'm most curious as to whether ither out there feel that this kind of functionality would be well recieved and used or if its just me.

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    Re: Improve Windows XPs Interface (Windows XP)

    For me, simpler has usually been better, so I am not your target market. Occasionally, for example, digital photos, I've wanted to embed some new functionality, but there are third party viewers that do a decent job.

    Perhaps you should try to get into the beta or preview program for the next generation of Windows ("Longhorn") so you can get a closer look at it? Apparently Microsoft has completely redesigned the UI, which might make any short term investment in customizing Windows XP a dim business prospect.

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    Re: Improve Windows XPs Interface (Windows XP)

    Well you seem to think it is a good idea for you. That is what PCs are all about. I can't really say what the reception among the general public might be. It may not be my preference. I agree with Jefferson take a look at Longhorn if you can. MS has plans to change the UI and how we interact with files significantly. Longhorn is still quite far from release so if you can get on the official beta test group you'll have a direct channel to the MS developers for feedback about what they are doing.

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    Re: Improve Windows XPs Interface (Windows XP)

    Thanks to everyone for the posts. I have done some research into the next version of Windows code named Longhorn. Longhorn has many reveloutionary changes in Windows and has broken down the different areas of the product in more detail than in the past. For example the presentation piece has it's own code name and is being treated as a seperate piece of the Windows OS. I get the impression that Microsoft is taking the Object Oriented approach to Windows where each key system is being treated as a seperate piece of a larger system. This is not to say that internally MS has not been doing this all along just that this is the first time I have seen this level of importance to each system.
    The presentation portion of Longhorn is code named Avalon. Accompanying Avalon is a specialized XML format called XAML (Extensable Application Markup Language). XAML is XML in a special format similiar to the XML schemas for Word & Excel 2003. In Loghorn you will be able to construct Windows or user interfaces via XAML. You will be able to build fully functional user inetractive Windows solely with a text editor using XAML. No longer will you need a full blown programming tool like VS(Visual Studio). This is not to say that you will not ever need VS only that you will now be able to construct the simplier programs without needing VS.
    XAML is very fascinating and if you have not yet read about it I highly recomend that you do. XAML is just one piece of many in Longhorn that will dramatically change how Windows works and how information works work with the OS.

    Ed

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