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  1. Windows 11 has been rolling out for around 2 weeks to regular users, but the operating system continues to have a number of issues. Microsoft recently rollout out Windows 11 Build 22000.282 to Beta and Release Preview Channel Insiders which contains a large number of fixes, including for the AMD performance problem, and that should be rolling out to regular Windows 11 users by the end of the month. The operating system however has other performance issues, including one users are complaining about affecting File Explorer. Users are complaining of poor performance when they drag to select files, a rather basic feature of File Explorer. Microsoft says their investigation revealed that the Command Bar was doing unnecessary calculations when navigating to folders, causing an unexpected increase decrease in performance. A fix for this is currently being tested in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22478 which is currently in the Dev channel. If no serious issues show up the fix will presumable be backported to Windows 11 Build 22000. via WindowsLatest Microsoft is testing fix for Windows 11 File Explorer performance issue in Dev channel
  2. Windows 11, which has been released by Microsoft earlier this month, has a number of known issues that affect the performance of certain systems. One major issue affects AMD processors, which may see a performance drop by up to 15% on Microsoft's newest operating system. The situation worsened after the release of the first cumulative update for Windows 11 this Tuesday. A patch is already available for testing but stable version users need to wait a bit longer before it is made available to their machines. Microsoft confirmed another performance issue on Windows 11 this week. The company released build 22478 to the Developer channel, bringing new fluent emoji to the operating system and a number of fixes. One fix addresses the performance issue in File Explorer, which occurs when users navigate between folders in File Explorer. Fixed an issue where the command bar was doing unnecessary calculations when navigating to folders, causing an unexpected decrease in performance. This is also believed to be the root cause of performance issues when using drag to select files, as well as using the arrow keys to navigate in certain folders. Folder navigation is one of the core activities in File Explorer, considering that users need to navigate to different folders often to access files stored in those folders. Microsoft did not reveal details on the performance degradation, only that File Explorer's new Command Bar is performing unnecessary calculations. The Command Bar replaced the traditional Ribbon interface of File Explorer in Windows 10. The new File Explorer has usability issues, e.g. that it has two context menus instead of just one when users right-click. First, the new Microsoft designed one with just a few functions, and then the Windows 10 menu with all functions. The classic File Explorer context menu can be restored, however. Some of the options change depending on the type of folder or drive that is displayed. A CD or DVD drive may display additional options, e.g. eject, than a regular folder on a hard drive. Drag & drop operations, and keyboard navigation are always affected by the performance issue. There is no workaround for the issue currently. Affected users may use a third-party file manager for the time being. Options include recently reviewed apps such as Imperium, Sigma File Manager, or Altap Salamander. The fix is being tested in the developer build currently. Microsoft has not revealed an ETA for the update, but a likely target is the next cumulative update for Windows 11, which will be released on November 9, 2021. Closing Words It is usually a good idea to wait months before upgrading Windows to a new version. The smaller updates for Windows 10 that Microsoft released since 2020 may be an exception, as they happen to introduce less bugs and issues. Users who upgraded to Windows 11 this month face a number of issues, of which only some are confirmed officially by Microsoft. Windows 11 File Explorer may slow down PCs
  3. In terms of cosmetic improvements, Windows 11 is a big upgrade. It comes with a new Start Menu, Fluent Design elements, new inbox apps, rounded corners and more. In addition to these design overhauls, Windows 11 also comes with a new File Explorer and Settings app. File Explorer is getting a new header menu, modern context menu and minor improvements. On the other hand, the Windows Settings app has been completely redesigned with a new layout optimized for all form factors, and it also comes with new customization options. Settings app Windows 11 Settings app interface has been updated with a new sidebar on the left side. The sidebar is visible when you navigate between different pages, so you can easily go back to a particular page. Microsoft has finally enabled breadcrumbs support in the Settings app to help users navigate between different pages of the app. Windows 11's Settings app features a new personalization page, new network connections, a power usage page, and more. Additionally, Microsoft is making it difficult to change default apps like your default web browser. The default apps page within the Settings app now requires you to select apps for all file formats. For example, if you want to switch to Chrome or Firefox from Microsoft Edge, you'll need to manually configure the browser for various URLs, such as HTML and HTM. File Explorer Windows 11 doesn't come with a tablet mode, so File Explorer has been optimized for touchscreen devices. The existing interface has been updated with additional padding and Fluent icons to optimize the File Explorer for both desktop and touch users. These changes include a new context menu that will help users with touchscreen, so they can easily interact with files, select or delete/rename files, as shown in the below screen. Microsoft is replacing the Windows 8-era ribbon toolbar with a redesigned top menu called "command bar" allowing you quick access to commonly used actions like share, delete, rename, etc. The new menu uses the Mica effect, which is an opaque, dynamic material that incorporates theme and desktop wallpaper to paint the background of File Explorer. The ... menu now lets you access the advanced configuration options available in Windows 10's File Explorer. In addition to these design improvements, Microsoft has also enabled support for CTRL + Left / Right arrow when changing the name of the files. This lets you move the cursor between words in the file name, as well as CTRL + Delete and CTRL + Backspace to delete words at a time, like other apps and tools. Microsoft has also updated the context menu and icons to match the rest of the operating system. Hands on with Windows 11's new Settings and File Explorer
  4. Windows 11's general availability is just a couple of weeks away, and while we have covered its main features from a bird's eye-view already, we have also been diving deeper into the capabilities on offer to provide our thoughts on the changes via our Closer Look series too. So far, we have taken a look at Search, Widgets, the Start menu, Snap Layouts and Snap Groups, the Taskbar, quick settings and notifications, Virtual Desktops, power and battery settings, and default apps configurations in Windows 11. Today, we'll be taking a look at a crucial part of the OS - from an end-user perspective -, namely, File Explorer. For the purpose of this hands-on, we'll be taking a look at Windows 11 build 22000.194 that was released to the Beta Channel a couple of days ago versus a publicly available and up-to-date Windows 10 (version 21H1 build 19043.1237). As usual, it is important to note that the OS is still under active development so it's possible that some of the features we talk about may change by the time of Windows 11's general availability. File Explorer in Windows 10 Instead of discussing the features and capabilities present in Windows 10 this time, I just want to focus on the UI of File Explorer. This is because it will take me a lifetime if I start writing about each and every feature. Frankly, I'm not even aware of all the capabilities it offers, and that's because my usage of File Explorer is highly dependent on my use-cases. There might be faster and better ways to perform the activities I do in File Explorer, but I don't Google (or Bing, or anything else for that matter) the most optimal way to complete a task on the software, unless I am blocked. So, I'll just briefly talk about the UI. File Explorer offers a ton of customization options on this front, you could have checkboxes next to each item, file previews, file extensions, thumbnail size, sorting and filtering techniques, and whatnot when it comes to UI. There's also a ribbon which shows you categories like File, Home, Share, View, and more, depending upon the file you have clicked on. I find it quite satisfactory to use and I think it's a powerful utility to have. File Explorer in Windows 11 Coming over to File Explorer in Windows 11, the first thing you'll likely notice is the new icons for Windows folders like Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos. This extends to other system icons like that for devices and drives as well as user-created folders. The new File Explorer also contains rounded corners, which is a design staple for Windows 11. I personally like the design revamp because it just feels fresher. Another thing you'll likely notice is that Microsoft has done away with the traditional File Explorer ribbon, which has now been replaced with a set of quick action buttons. Depending upon the file you have clicked on, you'll see a set of quick action items such as New, Cut, Copy, Paste, Rename, Share, Delete, Sort, and View. This has all the options I need for most use-cases so I'm not bothered by this change at all. In fact, it simplifies the UI for me so I can quickly perform common tasks. File Explorer ribbon drop-down in Windows 11 But if you're thinking about how you would perform other more advanced tasks, fret not. Microsoft has added a drop-down in the same quick actions pane that offers you some more customization, and groups other in the "options" category. More options for File Explorer in Windows 11 While I haven't done a one-to-one comparison between all the configurations present in Windows 10 versus Windows 11, but I was able to most of the options I was looking for. As stated previously, I have never used all the utilities available in File Explorer anyway, but Microsoft hasn't detailed any functionality being deprecated from File Explorer in Windows 11. So if the company did remove any functionality behind-the-scenes without announcing it, I am yet to find it. Context menu for File Explorer in Windows 11 There is a new context menu (or "right-click menu", depending upon what you call it) and just like the simplified ribbon in File Explorer, you'll see a set of quick actions like Cut, Copy, Rename, Share, and Delete in the pane at the top followed by some other functionalities below it. All the other options that you are likely used to on Windows 10 have been moved to the "Show more options" setting. That said, this is not a File Explorer-specific setting but is similar across the desktop's context menu too. As such, I plan to cover it separately in a dedicated Closer Look article in the near future. That's pretty much it when it comes to File Explorer in Windows 11. No new functionalities to speak of (or nothing that I have found yet) but a bunch of design changes that I welcome. The UI is much more simplified and easier to use, especially for people like myself who only use the most common functionalities. That said, if there was one new capability I would really appreciate in File Explorer, that would be the ability to have tabbed instances in the same app. I think this would enhance my productivity tenfold. Microsoft announced this interface revamp under the brand name "Sets" back in 2017, but the project was shelved in 2019. It isn't a part of Windows 11 either, which is a bit disappointing. I wasn't expecting it to be there at all, but given the mockups and general enthusiasm we have seen for the feature online, I really hope Microsoft considers starting development on it again. Closer Look: File Explorer in Windows 11
  5. File Explorer, the default file management tool of Windows 11, is not the same tool that users of Windows 10 use to manage files. Microsoft redesigned large parts of File Explorer, and all of the changes can be described with a single word: minimalism. Windows 11 is still in development, and while there is not a lot of time left until the official release date October 5th, 2021, there is a chance that things may change. It seems unlikely that File Explorer will see major changes this short for release, though. When you open File Explorer in Windows 11, you will notice several changes immediately. Gone is the ribbon toolbar with its tab and functions; Microsoft replaced it with a single toolbar that displays just a few core options. Some options are only visible in certain locations, others all the time. The main interaction options allow users to create new files, folders and other items, cut, copy, paste, rename, share and delete items. Additional items may be displayed, such as ejecting a disc when an optical drive is selected. The sort menu lists available sorting options, and view options to change the layout and design of items in File Explorer, to enable compact view mode, and some other options, hidden under "show", e.g. to show file extensions all the time. There is also a three dots menu at the top, which displays additional options, such as selection options, copy path, properties and the folder options. How does it stack up against Windows 10's ribbon toolbar in File Explorer? Some options have been merged, e.g. the New folder and New item menus have been merged into the New menu in Windows 11's File Explorer. Others, are nowhere to be seen. Move to and Copy to are not available anymore, and neither are pin to Quick access, grouping options, adding columns, making all columns fit the window, or the link to remove access or advanced security. Some of these may be available elsewhere, e.g. in the properties window when it is opened, or when right-clicking on column headers to add or remove columns. The new toolbar is not the main usability issue though. Microsoft has probably analyzed data that it has on File Explorer usage and removed options that were not used a lot. The main usability issue becomes apparent when you right-click on items. Microsoft developed a new right-click menu design and layout. It is as streamlined as the new toolbar in File Explorer, and when you compare it to the right-click menu of Windows 10's File Explorer, you will notice that a lot of options are missing. Some context menu options are displayed only if the right file type is selected, but core options are missing from the menu. Microsoft did not remove the classic menu entirely though, as it is spawned when you activate the "show more options" link or press Shift-F10. The classic menu is then displayed in all its glory and with all the missing options of the new File Explorer menu. Several things need to be noted. First, if you install third-party applications that add their own items to the context menu, then you will notice that these are not displayed in the new menu. Maybe it is required to adjust the installer to make that happen, but at least in the preview builds, all third-party context menus are displayed only when you open the classic menu using "show more options". The decision is terrible for usability. Want to zip files quickly using a program such as 7-Zip, WinRar or PeaZip? Then you need to right-click the selection, select show more options, and then select the archive options of the program that you installed. Some native options are also only displayed in the classic menu. Restore previous version, pin to taskbar, create shortcut, or give access to are only displayed in that menu, and not the simple one. Closing Words File Explorer on Windows 11 has serious usability issues. Besides the stripped down main toolbar menu that hides many of the options in sub-sub-menus, it is the dual-windowed right-click context menu that needs to be mentioned specifically. Having to juggle between the simple new menu and the full menu that needs to be spawned from the simple menu or by using a keyboard shortcut, is impacting usability significantly. Will File Managers, similarly to Start replacement applications on Windows 10, make a comeback on Windows 11 as a consequence? Windows 11's File Explorer has serious usability issues
  6. Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Windows 11 operating system comes with a redesigned File Explorer application to manage files and folders on the operating system. Gone are the times of the ribbon and tabs, Microsoft decided to simplify the File Explorer application. The main toolbar lists just nine options by default, some of which open menus that list options that were accessible directly before. Core File Explorer functions such as cut, copy and paste are still available as buttons, everything else is available in nested menus. Microsoft changed the design of the drive, file and folder listing as well in Windows 11. While you do get the list of files and folders, sizes, types, modification dates and other information displayed to you when you open File Explorer, you may notice that there is lots of whitespace between items. The following screenshot shows the default view mode of Windows 11's File Explorer: Compare that with the Compact View mode that File Explorer supports as well: If you want more files and folders to be displayed at the same time, you need to enable Compact View in File Explorer on Windows 11 to achieve that. It is unclear why Microsoft decided to make the "other" mode the default. Was it for aesthetic reasons or to make file handling more comfortable for users of touch devices? The second option seems unlikely, as Microsoft could have implemented a check that would enable the larger view mode for touch device users and leave the more compact option enabled for everyone else. Compact View is available for all Windows 11 users; it needs to be enabled though, and many users may miss out on that mode and endure the less usable mode in the process. Do the following to enable Compact View: Open File Explorer. Select View > Compact View. Not exactly rocket science, but if you never open the View menu, you will never stumble upon that option. Tip: the view menu has options to display hidden files and file extensions for all files under the submenu "show" as well. Closing Words Some Windows 11 users may prefer the default view of File Explorer. It is certainly better for touch device users as it makes selecting files less error-prone. Non-touch device users on the other hand may prefer the compact file listing option as it makes it easier to work with files on the system as more as displayed without having to scroll. It seems to me that designers and users are increasingly at odds when it comes to weighting design and usability. Enable Compact View in Windows 11's File Explorer for improved usability
  7. Hands on with Windows 11 File Explorer and Settings Windows 11 preview is now available for Windows Insiders and it will begin rolling out to the mainstream audience later this year. In addition to redesigned Start Menu and rounded corners, Windows 11 also comes with a new File Explorer and Settings app. While File Explorer is getting minor improvements, the Windows Settings app has been completely redesigned with a new layout and additional customization options. File Explorer By default, File Explorer is now optimized for tablet users. Windows 11 doesn't come with a dedicated tablet mode, so Microsoft is optimizing the existing interface for both desktop and touch users. These changes include a new context menu that will help users with touchscreen, so they can easily interact with files, select or delete/rename files. File Explorer As mentioned, the File Explorer interface is not changing dramatically, but there are several noticeable changes. For example, Microsoft is replacing the Windows 8-era ribbon toolbar with a redesigned top menu called "command bar" allowing you quick access to commonly used actions like share, delete, rename, etc. The ... menu lets you access the advanced configuration options currently available in Windows 10's File Explorer. File Explorer command bar In addition to these design improvements, Microsoft is also adding support for CTRL + Left / Right arrow when changing the name of the files. This lets you move the cursor between words in the file name, as well as CTRL + Delete and CTRL + Backspace to delete words at a time, like other apps and tools. If you don't like the new command bar, you can restore the ribbon design by following these steps: Open Registry Editor. In Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced For "Advanced" folder, create a New->DWORD (32-bit) Name it SeparateProcess and change the value to 1. Close the editor and reboot. Windows Settings Windows 11 Settings app is getting a redesigned layout that looks similar to Control Panel. Like Control Panel, the settings app is now using a new navigation menu on the left side. Microsoft has also added support for breadcrumbs, which should help you easily navigate between different pages of Settings. Windows 11 has redesigned individual settings pages, including the Network connections and Power usage (battery) pages, as shown below. Properties The battery settings will now display graphs to show the device's battery performance and usage over time. Windows battery settings You can view the device's battery level throughout the day or the last seven days. You can also view the battery performance for each app over the past seven days. Hands on with Windows 11 File Explorer and Settings
  8. Hi, this is for Windows 8 and 8.1 Anyone know of a way to remove the default checkmark (tick) from the tick box labled "use this app for all (extension) files" within the "How do you want to open this type of file?" dialog box? (found by using "open with, choose default program..." right-click context menu in file explorer) By default this box is always checked, and creates unintended file associations if you do not uncheck it before choosing a program Would be less of a nag if it defaulted as unchecked, as in this image: thanks for any solutions found! p.s. for perspective, in older versions you could do this: http://www.askvg.com/how-to-enable-disable-always-use-the-selected-program-to-open-this-kind-of-file-option-in-open-with-dialog-box/
  9. Microsoft is working on major new features for Windows 10 but the company is not ignoring the smaller things either. Windows 10 does not support the AVIF image format natively but it appears that the software giant is exploring new options to bring this functionality to the core apps like File Explorer and Paint. AVIF is a new image file format which is based on a newer video format called AV1 by the Alliance for Open Media and Windows 10 will finally support it natively. In Windows 10 October 2018 Update or older, the File Explorer and MS Paint fail to display the AV1 Image File Format (AVIF). As you can see in the screenshot below, the File Explorer is unable to generate a thumbnail for the AVIF image format. Similarly, Microsoft Paint throws an error that says the AVIF is an invalid file format and the application cannot read the file. According to a post on AOMediaCodec’s Github, both File Explorer and MS Paint have been updated with support for AVIF images in Windows 10 19H1 preview builds. “Windows File Explorer can show AVIF thumbnails, display Exif metadata and preview AVIF images,” the developers stated in the implementation document. “MSPaint.exe. The “Paint” app in Windows 10 can display AVIF images,” the document further explains. The support for AVIF image format is available in Windows 10 19H1 but the users may still need to install the AV1 Video Extension from the Microsoft Store to run AV1 videos on their Windows 10 device “Requires Windows 10 “19h1″ preview release build 18305 or later, which can be obtained from the Windows Insider program, and the AV1 Video Extension,” the document explains. It’s also worth noting that the nightly build of VLC Media Player was also updated recently with support for the new file format. There is also a post on Mozilla’s Bugzilla tracking the status of the AVIF implementation in the Firefox browser. source
  10. Report: 2019 will be the year Microsoft updates File Explorer with the new Fluent Design Microsoft announced Fluent Design System a couple of years back and since then the company has been working hard to incorporate it. We have seen Microsoft adding Fluent Design to most of the Windows 10 OS as well as the first party Microsoft apps. However, one big aspect of Windows 10 has been missing the Fluent Design which is the File Manager. Microsoft did a major overhaul to the File Manager with Windows Vista and was improved with Windows 7. Post that, Microsoft has made small changes but never did a complete overall. It looks like 2019 might be the year Microsoft finally updates the File Explorer with the new Fluent Design. A new report suggests that we might be able to see the new File Manager with 20H1 which is scheduled to arrive next year. The update will apparently also increase integration with Microsoft’s various services and may herald the return of Sets. That said, we don’t have to wait till next year to see it as Microsoft is expected to seed the updates to Windows Insiders with the new changes later this year. For now, we don’t have any idea on how the File Manager will look like but concept design created by Michael West shows what we can expect. We do hope Microsoft updates the File Manager soon and judging from the concept images, it’s safe to say that the File Manager will look great with Windows 10’s dark mode. Source
  11. To get the most out of Windows 10 as an advanced user, you’ll need a file manager and a really good one at that. To be honest, there are quite a few free file managers out there, and most of them are good enough for the job. However, at the end of the day I chose to settle on Explorer++, so let’s explain why I made this decision. You see, one of the things we like about Explorer++ is the fact that the program is lightweight, therefore, it won’t take up a lot of system resources when in use. Additionally, the user interface is easy to understand and good to look at. Now, while it does share a few features found in Windows Explorer, we like the fact that it comes with tabbed browsing. For some strange reason, Microsoft is taking a long time to implement tabbed browsing in Windows 10, and that’s not cool. As a person who’ve been using Linux Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 for years, I must say that native tabbed browsing within the file manager works. This has been part of Ubuntu for years, so it’s time for Microsoft to step up. Until then, I’ll be using an Explorer alternative software to better manage our files for the long-term. Explorer++ – alternative to Windows 10 File Explorer 1] Create new tabs In order to create a new tab for a particular folder, you must right-click on that folder, then select Open in New Tab. Now, the tool does not require a steep learning curve because, for the most part, it works the same as Windows Explorer. 2] Bookmarks What we like about this tool is the option it gives to bookmark tabs. It might not sound very useful, but if you’re the type of person who tends to manage files on a regular basis, it will come in handy, no doubt. OK, so to bookmark a tab, simply create the tab, then click on Bookmarks, and finally, select the option that says Bookmark This Tab. If you have a lot of bookmarked tabs, click on Organize Tabs to get things under control. 3] Tools Users can search the entire system and customize colours with ease via the Tools menu. Furthermore, folks can get to the Options menu directly from here. 4] Options As in most cases, the Options window gives the user the ability to change how an app operates, and the same can be said here. Folks can choose whether or not they want they want to load a default tab or a previous tab on start-up. Interestingly enough, users can decide from the Options window if they want to replace the default Windows Explorer with Explorer++. We suspect that those who are not fans of what Microsoft has to offer will choose to replace. We also like the fact that there are ways to hide protected operating system files and some file extensions. Also, if folks want to single-click to open files and folders, then this can be done with ease. In fact, it’s much easier to turn on and off certain features with Explorer++ when compared to Windows File Explorer. Download Explorer++ directly from the official website right now. Source: Explorer++ is a great alternative to Windows 10 File Explorer (The Windows Club)
  12. Windows 10 Version 1903 Launches File Explorer Windows in Separate Processes Windows 10 version 1903, also known as 19H1 and April 2019 Update, is projected to go live for production devices later this month with a series of new features and major improvements. One of the under-the-hood tweaks that Microsoft hasn’t detailed, however, concerns File Explorer, the default file manager that comes pre-installed in Windows 10. Beginning with Windows 10 version 1903, new windows in File Explorer are launched in a separate process, so if you work with multiple folders in their own windows, you will end up with multiple processes belonging to the same file manager running at the same time. This implementation has one major benefit: if one of the windows crashes or stops responding, force-closing it doesn’t affect the other windows of the file manager. This is similar to how browser tabs work in Google Chrome, where separate processes are created as well just in case one website stops responding.Coming to users in 19H1This behavior needs to be enabled from the Folder Options screen in File Explorer, with a dedicated option now available and called Launch folder windows in a separate process. Once this option is enabled, the Windows Explorer process in Task Manager can be expanded to see further details for each active window according to the folders that you opened in the app. Windows 10 version 1903 is scheduled to be released to users in just a few weeks, and it’s believed that the RTM build has already been compiled. Microsoft, however, hasn’t offered an official announcement on this, so while by this time the final build should already be complete, there’s a chance the company is still working on small tweaks ahead of the public launch. You can already try out the new File Explorer feature in the most recent Windows 10 19H1 preview builds available for insiders in the Fast and Slow rings. Source
  13. Hands-on with the new File Explorer beta on Windows 10 Earlier this week Microsoft released the second update for Windows 10x emulator which included the new File Explorer Beta. Last night we reported how you can install File Explorer beta on Windows 10 and now we have some screenshots to share what’s new in File Explorer beta. This is still the first beta release so it’s barebone compared to the actual File Manager on Windows 10. However, it does give some insights into Microsoft’s roadmap for the future. The first thing you will notice is the modern design which looks much better than the current File Manager. Moreover, Microsoft has also improved the animation which looks better than the current File Manager. However, the new manager is still choppy at best and is missing features. We expect Microsoft to keep updating the File Manager on Windows 10x emulator but the company has not commented on if the app will make its way to Windows 10 in the future. For now, the only way you can try it is to follow the steps in our initial article. That said, we don’t actually recommend doing it as this is not an approved Microsoft app and can damage your PC. If you’re really keen on trying it out then you should set up Windows Sandbox and install the app. Source: Hands-on with the new File Explorer beta on Windows 10 (MSPoweruser)
  14. Panos Panay tease new File Explorer, Start Menu for Windows 10 We have seen earlier that Microsoft’s designers are working on a new Start Menu for Windows 10 (not Windows 10X) and now Panos Panay has posted a video celebrating 1 billion Windows 10 installations which appears to confirm that the changes and more are on the way. The video shows a new and stylish File Explorer with a simplified UI. It is notable for example for not having any address bar or menu bar, and the deep OneDrive integration is also clear. More surprisingly is that it also appears to support Google Drive. The video also teases other improvements. It also appears to show changes to the right-click menu, with the addition of a Go Back button. The video also shows a new Start Menu. That is notable for having much fewer live tiles, but it is otherwise not too dissimilar to what we have now. It is not clear when these improvements will be coming to Windows 10, but given that they have not yet been seeded to Insiders it seems unlikely to be in 2020. via WindowsLatest. Source: Panos Panay tease new File Explorer, Start Menu for Windows 10 (MSPoweruser)
  15. The Best Three Alternatives to File Explorer in Windows 10 May 2019 Update Despite receiving a few improvements here and there, as well as a black theme, File Explorer hasn’t evolved in a significant manner in the most recent Windows 10 feature updates. As the default file manager in Windows, File Explorer is still lacking key features, like tab support, albeit Microsoft is actually working on adding this at some point in the future. In the meantime, while File Explorer leaves so much to be desired, the software market is full of third-party file managers that come with impressive lists of features. Today, we’re going to discuss three of the most popular, though you can also find others that are worth a try at the end of the article. As an alternative, I recommend you to check the file manager category on our Windows software section, as there are quite a lot of gems in there that could help you leave File Explorer behind once and for all. This article includes the highlights of two different shareware file managers and one freeware app, which you can use without paying for a license as long as you want.Xplorer2As its name suggests, xplorer2 is a file manager that comes with the essential feature package for such an app. xplorer2 ships with a clean and straightforward interface that also includes tabs, the feature that everyone seems to drool after these days. It takes a while until you get used to its UI and figure out which feature is which, but when it finally happens, you’ll see that xplorer2 has so much more to offer than the basic File Explorer. For example, the app comes with its built-in file viewer with thumbnail support, archive handling for the ZIP format, a multi-rename feature, drag and drop support, filename color coding, and macros for easier and automated file management. xplorer2 also boasts a duplicate file finder, as well as a folder comparison option and, very important for users of older Windows versions, dual panes and a document previewer. Explorer++ If you’re looking for something that boasts a more familiar interface, Explorer++ could be the best choice for you. The UI looks a lot like the one in File Explorer, but on the other hand, you get lots of extra features, including tab support, drag and drop, bookmarks, a built-in search tool, and a fully customizable interface. Explorer++ also comes with keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation. The app is fully portable, so you can very well copy all its contents to a USB drive and then launch it on other devices too. Explorer++ is available free of charge and supports all Windows 10 versions. Total CommanderJust like Xplorer2 file manager, Total Commander is available with a paid license. A trial, however, is available if you want to try it out. And while many users might not like this, you really need to try out Total Commander to understand why paying for a license might actually be worth it. This is one of the most advanced file managers available right now on Windows, and you get pretty much everything you’d expect in such an app. Just name it, and it’s there. Total Commander not only that comes with all of the above, but also with its very own FTP client, a built-in archiver with support for long paths and file names, a super-advanced search feature, and even multi-language support. Total Commander also supports all Windows 10 versions, and it receives updates regularly. Other file managers that are worth a try are EF Commander, XYplorer(free but discontinued), Directory Opus, FreeCommander, and Blue Explorer (this one, however, hasn’t received an update in a long time). Source
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