One of the many new enterprise-friendly features in Windows 8.1 is named Work Folders. Folders? Work? Sounds boring, doesn't it? :) But, to some people this feature will be very useful. Especially to people that have many devices and need to work also on their personal PCs and devices. Here's how to set up Work Folders on the client side and how to use them to do your work and have it synchronized with your company's servers.
How to work with Windows Explorer in Windows 7 or File Explorer in Windows 8
Windows 8.1 brings some interesting changes to the libraries concept that was first introduced in Windows 7. The most evident change is that their role is being downplayed and, by default, the libraries are no longer visible as a separate section in File Explorer. Besides this change there are other subtle but important changes which I will detail in this article.
Libraries are one of the most misunderstood and, at the same time, the most useful features in Windows. They can help people organize their files and folders very efficiently. By using libraries, you can easily build a system so that you can always find what you want in seconds. Not only that, but you can also sort, tag or edit files and folders with just a few clicks. In this article I will explain what libraries are, show how they work and how to create new ones. Also, I'll show how to add new folders to a library, how to modify its properties and how to delete a library.
There are very few differences between the File Explorer in Windows 8.1 and that in Windows 8. The changes are related to the sections displayed in the left side of the File Explorer window. The most obvious change is that, the Libraries section is gone. Does this mean there are no more libraries in Windows 8.1? Fortunately, it doesn't mean that. Libraries exist and work just as well as before. The problem is that their section has been hidden. Here's how you bring it back.
Have you heard the term "user folders"? Have you wondered what these folders are and where are they located? In this article we will explain what user folders are (Downloads, Documents, Music, etc), where to find them and how to move them to new locations. The procedure is the same in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.
If you are using Windows 7, you have a small selection of buttons available on the Windows Explorer toolbar and this may not help you be very productive. You may want more buttons on it. Luckily, the team from WinAero have created a free tool that you can use to enhance the toolbar and add new buttons to it. With it, you can transform the boring toolbar into a mini-ribbon. Here's how it works:
In Windows 8, the File Explorer has been given a major overhaul in the form of the ribbon interface. This new design brings all of the tools that were previously buried in the menus of previous File Explorers, and puts them out in the open, organized and easy to find. Upon exploring this new interface, you'll find the only menu to survive the cut is the File menu, though you'll also find that it looks nothing like it used to. It turns out that this menu is very useful and includes lots of tools that you will want to use. Here's how it works.
Do you need an easy way to add the Take Ownership entry to the right-click menu in Windows 7 or Windows 8? If you do, we have two options for you, both of them quick and reliable. They work with both Windows Explorer and File Explorer.
What program do you use to burn your data to discs? If you're thinking Nero, Roxio, Power2Go or any other third party application and you're running Windows 7 or 8, you might be interested to know that you have a free option built right into your operating system. Windows Explorer and File Explorer have the ability to burn your data to a CD, DVD or Blu-ray disc. Stop downloading, installing or (shudder) paying for third-party software; instead, read on to learn how to use the built-in tools made available by Windows.
In previous articles, we covered File Explorer's new ribbon interface and detailed the Home and Share tabs. Now it's time to show you the View tab and everything you can do with it. There are a lot of tools to cover, but read on and we'll show how they all work.
In this series, we're trying to illustrate that the File Explorer in Windows 8 has gotten a whole lot more than a fresh coat of paint. We've already shown how the Home tab of the new ribbon interface gives you much easier access to common tools you use to manipulate files, now we want to show you more. The next tab in line is the Share tab. This is where you'll go to find the tools you need to help get your files in front of other people, whether that be by emailing, sharing over a network or simply handing someone a copy.
One way that Windows 8 improves over previous versions of Windows is by adding the ribbon interface introduced in Microsoft Office 2007 into the File Explorer. This ribbon introduces a system of tabs and buttons. Each tab, like the menus they replace, houses a series of tools to help you work with files and folders. The first tab we'll show you is the default Home tab. This is where you'll find the tools you'll need most often while browsing in the File Explorer.