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And now Capitalizing on the strong feature rich Windows Explorer
|I spend a lot of time
setting up customer PCs to be more "user friendly" than the way they emerge,
straight from the box. I hope my hands on experience may save you time too!
Windows Explorer - get it right.
Whatever you have on your PC, I can never stress enough to those I try to help (whether in person, by phone or e-mail) that *the* most valuable utility on your hard drive is Windows Explorer - provided it is set up properly. The default installation, out of the box, is NOT, in my view, a proper setup, but I'll come to that. The first thing to learn about Windows Explorer is that the online help is extensive. Before new users rush out to buy "How to.." or "Dummies.." etc. books, tell you new user friends to spend time with what they already have. I point new users to the Help | Contents | Exploring your Computer | Files and Folders | Managing Files area, as the nerve centre of Windows Explorer. It's a pity that area is buried so deep in the online help.
On any new PC I set up I have a routine I follow to make Windows Explorer as user friendly as I can.
Windows Explorer - settings for optimum use.
Windows Explorer is probably the most useful application to be found on your system.
Don't be afraid to use the right mouse button in Windows Explorer. Context sensitive menus appear depending on where you are - these menus make using Explorer a "no brainer". Take time to read the Menu item "Help |Help Topics", particularly "Exploring Your Computer".
Control Panel settings
"System" Icon - Go to the Performance\File System..\Hard Disk tab.
Install Microsoft Tweak UI
Microsoft's Tweak UI (user interface) Control Panel utility is not formally supported by Microsoft. Nevertheless its installation provides some valuable Windows configuration support.
There are more details then Woody can fit here so he has set up a page on his own site with the steps to follow. See Woody's Get it Right area.
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