Windows Explorer

How to work with Windows Explorer in Windows 7 or File Explorer in Windows 8

Enable Thumbnails For Video, Audio & Image Files In Windows/File Explorer

File ExplorerWindows Explorer or File Explorer may show thumbnail previews for all kinds of files, like ".avi" movie files but they may not show thumbnail previews for ".flv" (Flash Video) or ".mkv" (Matroska Video) files. Luckily, with the help of an application named Media Preview you can enable thumbnail previews for multiple file extensions. It works for video, audio and image formats and you can set how each thumbnail preview looks like. Here's how it works:

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The File Menu In File Explorer

File ExplorerIn Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, 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 the previous Windows Explorer from Windows 7, 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:

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Share Tab In File Explorer

File ExplorerTo complete our tour of the File Explorer user interface, we are going to discuss 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. Here's how it works:

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Home Tab In File Explorer

File ExplorerOne way that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 improve 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. In this article we'll show you the default Home tab. This is where you'll find the tools you'll need most often while browsing in the File Explorer.

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Quick Access Toolbar In File Explorer

File ExplorerWindows 8 and Windows 8.1 have made a lot of changes, not only to the user interface, but to core features like the Task Manager or File Explorer. While these changes tend to add aesthetic appeal where once there was little, they serve more to improve the functionality of the operating system. One place where you'll notice a major change is the File Explorer. Windows 8 and 8.1 add a lot of new features in this most basic of interfaces to give you easier access to core functions. One small touch that makes life a bit easier is the Quick Access toolbar and we would like to share the most important changes made by Microsoft.

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The View Tab In File Explorer

File ExplorerThe new version of File Explorer that is used in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has a ribbon interface with lots of tabs and options. Since we detailed the Home and Share tabs in other articles, we would like 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.

How To Filter, Group & Search Files & Folders In Windows/File Explorer

Windows ExplorerWhen you work with lots of files and folders it may be difficult to find a specific file or set of files. That’s why both Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and File Explorer in Windows 8.1 include several options for filtering, grouping and searching files and folders, using all kinds of criteria. In this article we will share how to use them, so that you can be more effective in finding what you are looking for.

How To Change the Default Screenshots Folder Location in Windows

File ExplorerTaking screenshots of your screen is a feature that has been around for a very long time. By default, Windows saves your screenshots in the Screenshots folder, found in your Pictures library. While this location works for most people, most of the time, you may want to change the location of your Screenshots folder. In this tutorial we will show how it's done.

Explaining the Views Available in Windows Explorer and File Explorer

Windows ExplorerOne of Windows Explorer/File Explorer's strengths is the number of different ways the user can see the contents of a drive. Whether it's a bare-bones listing of file names or a view that shows graphics in large sized thumbnails, the program makes it easy for everyone to see the data in a form that best suits the content. Both Windows Explorer and File Explorer will try to tailor the view automatically to the most prevalent type of files in the folder. In this article we'll show how to browse Windows Explorer/File Explorer using all the available views and explain the differences between the views.

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