Posts Tagged ‘Windows Explorer’

Preview Documents In Vistas Windows Explorer.

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Have you ever thought how good it would be if you could preview any document without having to actually open it? Well now you can using the preview option in Windows Explorer.

1. Open Windows Explorer
2. Click the Organize button
3. From the drop down menu click layout
4. From the Layout Menu click the ‘Preview Pane’ option
5. Finally highlight a document you want to view and, after a few seconds, a preview of that document should appear in the preview pane.

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Start Windows Explorer From My Computer In Windows 7.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Windows Explorer opens in the Libraries directory by default. Most of us are used to see the My Computer page instead. To change it to My Computer, press the Windows Key, then type “explorer”, select Properties and in the Shortcut tab type “%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /root,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}”. Now you have to right-click the Explorer icon in the Taskbar and hit “Unpin this program from the taskbar” and then drag it back from the Start Menu.

That is just a single space between explorer.exe /root above.

Turn Off System Notifications in Windows 7.

Monday, January 18th, 2010

System notifications are usually disturbing and aren’t always useful, so you might want to turn some of them off and on. This can be done in Windows 7 by double clicking the Notification Area Icons in Control panel. There you can change notifications and icons for the Action Center, Network, Volume, Windows Explorer, Media Center Tray Applet, Windows Update Automatic Updates.

Restore Folders and Libraries in Windows 7.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Windows Explorer is another regularly used tool that can be easily customized and often left in a bit of a mess after a few months of use.
There are several restore options for this, specific to different tasks. Via the Organize button go to Folder and Search Options. On each of the General, View and Search tabs you should find a Restore Defaults button which will refresh your original Windows 7 settings for this screen.
Windows 7 features Music, Videos, Pictures and Documents libraries setup as default – these can on occasion go missing but are easily restored by right-clicking on Libraries in the navigation pane (usually found on the left of a Windows Explorer or file browser window) and selecting Restore Default Libraries.

Launch Windows Control Panel Applets From The Run Command.

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

As important as Windows Explorer is for navigating around the file system, the Control Panel is the central point of Windows Operating Systems for configuring various system and program options.

But to access the Control Panel, you need to navigate through the Start menu or create a shortcut on your desktop.

Just like executable or programs, Control panel applets can easily be launched from the run command. While there is no difference with opening items from the Control Panel, it can save you several steps from needing to open the control panel.


[Windows logo key]+R opens the Run command


For example, to launch Add or Remove Programs applet, just type appwiz.cpl in the run command field and click OK.

If you access an applet in the Control Panel frequently, you can also create shortcuts on your desktop or add it to the quick launch on the taskbar.

To locate all the applets, just open Windows Explorer and navigate to %System%\System32 folder. Then sort by file type and scroll down to all files with Control Panel Item (or you can search in the %System%\System32 for *.cpl).

Below is a list of the most typical applets you will find in the Control Panel. Depending on what you have installed on your system and if you are running XP or Vista, your list may be different.

access.cpl – Accessibility Options
appwiz.cpl – Add or Remove Programs
desk.cpl – Display Properties
firewall.cpl – Firewall
hdwwiz.cpl – Add Hardware Wizard
inetcpl.cpl – Internet Explorer Properties
intl.cpl – Regional and Language Options
irprops.cpl – Wireless Link (Infrared)
joy.cpl – Game Controllers
jpicpl32.cpl – Java Control Panel
main.cpl – Mouse Properties
mmsys.cpl – Sounds and Audio Devices Pro Properties
ncpa.cpl – Network Connections
netsetup.cpl – Network Setup Wizard
nusrmgr.cpl – User Accounts
odbccp32.cpl – ODBC Data Source Administrator
PLUGIN~2.CPL – Java Plug-in Control Panel
powercfg.cpl – Power Options Properties
sysdm.cpl – System Properties
telephon.cpl – Phone and Modem Options
timedate.cpl – Date and Time Properties
wscui.cpl – Windows Security Center
wuaucpl.cpl – Automatic Updates

Now, instead of navigating through the Start menu, you can easily access individual Control Panel items easily from the Run command…and save yourself a few mouse clicks.