Windows file explorer, don’t be confused it is all that each and everybody went through it. But those who were unfamiliar with computer words will have some doubt about file explorer. File explorer is nothing but the window that appears when you are clicking on my computer icon in your desktop.
Windows file explorer is not just a window. It have many features and function to make a windows user easy to handle the whole computer. Windows has released a different file explorer in windows7 that seen in windows XP or vista.
Let’s have a look on windows7 file explorer.
Search the item which is stored in any drive in your system.
Most of us are first searching any of the file that we want to access by typin the file name or its type in the search box which present in the window that we get after clicking start button. But the main disadvantage by searching from there is we will get the files within the C drive only. Lets have a look.
if you search something as seen in the above and hit the enter button the result will be as like this.
Then here we comes the need of file explorer to search the file which is located in any drive. You will get the the file which is present in any drive if it is in C, D, E, F or G drive.
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To get the result, Fist open file explorer by clicking “my computer”
You will find a search box on the top right corner of the file explorer. input the file or folder name you want to find and then press “enter” button. The file explorer will show you all the files that matches your searches. If your search is unique such as song name like that, the result will be a single and get access that.
How to use folder options to improve your windows 7 file explorer
I will explain the good settings to perform your windows 7 file explorer faster. Before that we will go the various options to open the folder options.
Method 1 :
This is the simple method to open the folder option, Fist open the file explorer in your windows 7 by double clicking “My Computer”. In the top left corner of the window, you can see the drop-down as “Organise”, click on that and you can find folder option and click on that.
Method 2 :
By default, there is menu bar is missing in file explorer, we will visible the menu bar just pressing “alt” button after opening file explorer. Ok, i think you have got the menu bar in your file explorer by pressing “Alt”, then go to “tools” on the drop-down of it you will find the folder options. select it.
Method 3 :
Next method to access folder option is by control panel. Go to the control panel window, then click on appearance and personalization, then you will get the folder options listed, please chose it.
Ok, now you understood the possible 3 method to access a folder options.
Now let have a llok on how a folder options window look like, please have a look below image.
How to set your folder options in windows 7 for better file exploring.
Let’s look the General settings for folder options.
In “browse folder” settings, select each folder in the same window, i am recommending this.
Next navigation pane settings, the best settings for file explorer is by selecting “show all folders” and automatically expand to the current folder.. Then click apply and click ok button.
This option will be the best fit because the result of the setting will we get access to the subfolders within the selected folders in the left side window. That will look like this.
Next we are going to see the settings to be do for viewing the folders. Which are the best settings and Why that settings is better.
When you are working with large number of files and folders, you have to set the the options as follows.
I recommend the options to set check or tick mark, in “Always show icons, never thumbnails”. The reason for recommending this setting is that, if you are working with mass files and folder, loading time for showing thumbnails will increase , so it will tale windows long time to load.
You can use viceversa settings for if you have only less files to handle.
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Look at the image above, we have to set the folder options in windows 7 for best result.
Hide empty drives in the Computer folder : I am recommending you to uncheck this option as is you checked, If you insert empty external disk or pen drive, that will never shown in computer window.
Below that you will see another option to check or not, which is Hide extensions for known file types, This is good option and usefule for many reason. I am recommending you to uncheck this option, because if you check the options there will never show the file extension of file with the file name.
If you have a document file in microsoft word as my file, The file will be visible as “myfile.docx” or any other files with file extensions such as .ppt, .pdf, .xml, .psd etc.
Another advantage of unchecking this will help us to identify the virus files with file extensions “.ecc”
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When typing into list view
by default, when you type a letter, Windows/File Explorer selects the first file or folder which has a name that starts with that letter. When the file listed out, the item is automatically selected. If you want to change this setting and you want to automatically search in the upper-right search box, select the first option which says ‘Automatically type into the Search Box’.
Look at the above settings, By default the settings are good for our system. The setting done for the search preference is good for faster indexing and fast searching. So don’t make changes.
Let’s conclude the article. This option settings guidance for windows 7 will be highly recommended as your windows file explorer will work faster in terms of search, indexing , and simplicity. If this article is helpful to you , please share this to your friends.
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