When you are navigating from folder to folder on your hard disk or between network shares in Windows Explorer, chances are that you return to some of the same folder over the course of time. While using the Back and Forward buttons will get the job done, there is an alternative button that you can use to more quickly navigate to folders that you’ve recently accessed. Called Recent Pages, this little button can be found right between the Forward button and the Address bar. Just click the button and select a folder name from the menu.
The Recent Pages feature is also available in the Open and Save dialog boxes of most applications.
Keep in mind that the Recent Pages feature will only show you the places that you have been since you opened the current Windows Explorer session. If you close and reopen Windows Explorer, the Recent Page menu will be empty. However, there is another…
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great tips - thank you. Particularly liked the keyboard shortcuts for the dual Explorer windows and the Recent Pages menu which I had never noticed
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)
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 :-)
In Windoews Explorer, Ctrl-Plus adjusts all column widths so that you can see the full details in all columns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Been using this free tool for many months Superb Lots of options free very few app crashes on win7 (itself only; no damage)
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? Iâd rather just have all options presented to me, than to hold the shift key to see them.
I knew some of these; others were new. Mostly, thanks for demonstrating that the 'Slideshow' format can be used effectively.
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.
...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
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.
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.
While the breadcrumbs work great and the Alt+arrow shortcut is fine... I still miss the toolbar icon for some reason ;)