Windows

7 Time Saving File Management Tips

Chances are good that you spend a lot of time in Windows performing file management operations.  In this tip gallery, I’ll show you 7 file management tips that can save you time.

 

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

33 comments
Johnre11
Johnre11

I don't even go through these, as soon as I see it's a slide show I delete the email. How about a PDf version?

jscott
jscott

Why don't you just give us this information on one page... or in a downloadable .PDF file? I'd spend more time here if you did.

sajjanj
sajjanj

Is this "TechRepublic" or "Tech for Dummies"?

aaalvh
aaalvh

a good subject, a poor way to explore as it is a waste of time to open each picture... powerpoint or pdf are eally a good & appreciate way to explain... I am running a small services company : improve organisation & work efficiency (www.tafa.biz) and I am always intertested to learn & share , I really try to open understant, next slide... a waste of time compared to a small text with link to explanations... best regards.

Yogiak
Yogiak

Downloadable PDFs would be a much improved way.

Fritzpk
Fritzpk

Just click on the folder name in the address bar.

wwgorman
wwgorman

Please make these items available in a DOC or PDF format so they can be printed and saved as a unit rather than 14 separate pages. It makes a lot of work to make each page into a PDF and thhen merge all.

PC Geezer
PC Geezer

Please give me a PDF so I can save it and refer to it later or pass it on to a friend.

yawningdogge
yawningdogge

Opening a cmd shell from a folder in explorer is something I have wished for since I found out I could do it in Linux. Thanks a lot.

ktangey
ktangey

Great tips - thank you. Particularly liked the keyboard shortcuts for the dual Explorer windows and the Recent Pages menu which I had never noticed

bobc4012
bobc4012

Dump the idiotic slide shows. They waste more time than is saved by the article.

mark
mark

I'm always on the lookout for new productivity tips, and these just stunned me! Absolute magic. Other than commenting on the wider use of dual monitors and how cheap suitable TV's are as monitor replacements (i.e. Sony Bravia 32" - which is just great and under $500 now)

nickyA
nickyA

I downloaded that tip a while ago from TechRepublic and ever since is my favourite way to send(copy or move) files to another location.. Is add-on to the Right click short-cut menu and one of the best part is that it remembers the last location you copy or move files... so no mater where from (which location) you do it it directs you to the last you copied(moved) to.. Is a great time saving tweak :-)

spiras
spiras

In Windoews Explorer, Ctrl-Plus adjusts all column widths so that you can see the full details in all columns.

dal765
dal765

1. FileBox eXtender - adds buttons in the title bar of most open/save dialogue boxes with standard borders - favourite folders, recent, on top, roll up. 2. Listary (free and commercial) - favourites and recent, includes a search box below open/save boxes. Also opens on middle clicking many open/save dialogue boxes. Extremely well designed. Even helps with search as you type folder navigation. 3. Add these to a dual pane browser in place of explorer, and life is more rational and uniform across a wide range of apps.

jon_chalk
jon_chalk

It would save time to see all the time saving suggestions offered if they could be in a downloadable PDF of the 14 screen shots.

jonc2011
jonc2011

for permanent dual panes. Better than Explorer in many ways, but missing one or two Explorer features. Particularly undelete. Gives you full control over your column width, which stupid Windows limits to 80 pixels.

joe
joe

Simulating Dual Pane File Manager is an excellent tip. thank you!

cvorwerk
cvorwerk

Another option is to go to the Address bar and just click on the parent folder. In fact you can quickly select any folder in the path just as quickly as the parent folder. After I discovered that I haven't missed the Up button at all.

k_d
k_d

Been using this free tool for many months Superb Lots of options free very few app crashes on win7 (itself only; no damage)

Craig_B
Craig_B

Thanks for the tips. While playing around with the Up one level (Alt + Up Arrow), I found that using Alt + Right/Left Arrows would go back and forth through the path/bread crumb levels. Is there a registry entry that would permanently show the advanced file menu when you right-clicked on a file? I’d rather just have all options presented to me, than to hold the shift key to see them.

alfredo.garcia
alfredo.garcia

Upps...I did not know that tricks....Thanks a lot.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I knew some of these; others were new. Mostly, thanks for demonstrating that the 'Slideshow' format can be used effectively.

billet
billet

I find the easiest way to go up one level is to select it in the breadcrumbs in the address bar. It doesn't have to be just one level this way either.

8bitsme
8bitsme

...is the same as shift Send to.

drbobb1
drbobb1

DITTO, DITTO, DITTO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...commands are great timesavers. If you want to learn more about the Copy to and Move to commands, check out these two article I wrote back in 2010: Move and Copy files the old tried-and-true way in Windows 7 http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/move-and-copy-files-the-old-tried-and-true-way-in-windows-7/2401 Add the Copy To and Move To folder commands to the Windows Explorer context menu http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/add-the-copy-to-and-move-to-folder-commands-to-the-windows-explorer-context-menu/2438

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I've set the 'File Name' column so wide it requires a bottom scroll bar to view the entire file name. I'm not sure why you're seeing a limit.

nelsonhoover
nelsonhoover

I have it installed on all my Windows machines. It's fairly configurable with quite a few options, though I tend to keep a lot of them turned off and just use it for the tabbed explorer functionality.

Andrzej_Ladosz
Andrzej_Ladosz

... it worked for so long... and it is still working. I like some other tips. Thanks.

cmol
cmol

While the breadcrumbs work great and the Alt+arrow shortcut is fine... I still miss the toolbar icon for some reason ;)