Windows Vista introduced a big number of changes to many applications, including Windows Explorer. In this article I will show you a few cool trips & tricks that can help when working with a large number of files. If you know other useful tips and tricks don’t hesitate to share it with us in a comment.
How to customize the details columns
When browsing through your files, Windows Explorer shows different columns with details depending on the content of each folder your open. There are cases when the details shown in each of the columns are not very relevant. In such scenarios you can easily customize the information shown.
To do this, right click anywhere on the bar that contains the columns with details. You will see a menu with a predefined set of fields with details. Check the details that interest you by clicking on them. If you want to see other details not included in this list, click on More.
Check the details that interest you and then click on OK. Here you can also change the order in which they are shown. Select one item from the details list and then click on Move Up or Move Down until it reaches the desired position.
Now, Windows Explorer will show columns containing only the details which you selected.
How to stack items
One of the cool things that you can do in Windows Explorer is to stack files by different criteria. For example, I find it useful to stack files by type. To do this, click on the small arrow from the right of the Type column and then click on Stack by Type.
Now you will see all the files in stacks ordered by type. The bigger the stack, the bigger the number of files of that type. When you open a stack Windows Explorer will show only the files of that type.
As I said before, you can stack files by any criteria: name, file size, rating, etc.
How to group items
In Windows Explorer you can also group items by any criteria: file name, type, size, etc. For this example we grouped the files in a folder by Name. To do it, click on the small arrow from the right of the Name column and then select Group.
As you can see in the screenshot below, all the files are now grouped according to their name. This can help you identify files quicker.