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Welcome to day 5 of our Launch Series. Today we are going to talk about the new File Explorer. For our Developers, they set out to accomplish 3 main goals for the new File Explorer. These included the following:
The biggest most significant change to File Explorer is the addition of the Ribbon. Most commonly found in Microsoft Office products. Per our Developers, the Ribbon approach offered benefits in line with the following goals:
As you will find, the Ribbon has been incorporated not only to File Explorer, but Paint and Wordpad as well. Let’s take a look at the new File Explorer and Ribbon:
Computer tab under File Explorer
View tab File Explorer
Manage tab with C: selected
A ribbon has been added to File Explorer which exposes many (~200) of the top level features in File Explorer, including several that were previously hidden in context menus that were only available with a Shift+Right-Click.
This concludes our first look at the new File Explorer. We will go into deeper topics surrounding File Explorer later in the year so stay tuned!
Tomorrow we will be going over The New Task Manager. In the meantime, check out the original Windows 8 File Explorer blog here: Improvements in Windows Explorer
-AskPerf blog Team
<p>The most important improvement in Windows Explorer is the redesigned UI for file system operations (copy/move/delete), which groups all operations in a single window and the ability to pause/resume operations.</p>
<p>Need a way to remove the Favorites and Libraries from the top of the view without registry hacks.</p>
The ribbon is overall a bad design decision that takes up too much of the screen space. When you open up explorer as an expert and want to get down to the C: drive, you have to collapse the libraries and favourites fodlers to get some decent screen real
estate, and then there's still this huge great ribbon. Accelerator keys (Alt +F etc) were a great way to access the old file menu, but a poor way to access buttons (you just can't see the little floating bit of text half as well as you could see the old underlined
commands. A tabbed toolbar isn't a bad idea, but combining it with the file menu WAS. It would be great to be able to toggle between a ribbon view and a miminal file menu driven view, that way you get full screen use and full command accessibility.