Every disk, folder, file, application, printer, and networked computer is represented on your screen by an icon. To avoid spraying your screen with thousands of overlapping icons seething like snakes in a pit, Windows organizes icons into folders, puts those folders into other folders, and so on. Helping you navigate and manage your files, folders, and disks with less stress and greater speed was one of the primary design goals of Windows—and of this chapter.
T o work with files and folders you need to navigate the folder tree, expanding and collapsing parts to show just what you want. You will want to use different panes or folder styles, depending on what you are trying to do. For example, Large Icons or Thumbnails view helps you spot the right image or document.
The only downside to using Group Policy is that it is not available in lower versions of Windows. For Windows 7, you need to have Windows 7 Professional or higher. For Windows 8, you need Pro or Enterprise. The term Group Policy basically refers to a set of registry settings that can be controlled via a graphical user interface.
S ometimes the file's name is not all you want to know. A thumbnail image might let you pick out the right image or document, but Windows cannot produce a thumbnail for all types of documents or images. Other properties of a file might help.
For many people, the idea of making it look or work differently comes dangerously close to nerd territory. Still, knowing how to manipulate the Start menu listings may come in handy someday, and provides an interesting glimpse into the way Windows works. Thanks to the User Accounts feature described in Chapter 17any changes you make to the Start menu apply only to you.
Like many of the finer things in life, File Explorer has gotten better with age. OneDrive is now part of File Explorer. For a quick primer on how it works, check out OneDrive on your PC.
Etc ". Important Note updated : This topic is not only written for Windows Xp and Serverbut also Vista, Windows 7, and perhaps other Windows versions as well i. Important Note 2 updated : For Vista and Windows 7 users, most of these thumbnail features and tools etc would also work on Vista and Windows 7 as well, even though some parts of them said that they are working on previous Windows versions only e.
The Recycle Bin is your desktop trash basket. Your files stay here until you empty the Recycle Bin—or until you rescue them by dragging them out again. You can put unwanted files and folders into the Recycle Bin from any folder window, from within Windows Explorer, or even inside the Open File dialog box of many Windows applications see Chapter 6.