About Windows File Explorer

The Windows File Explorer was introduced in Microsoft’s Windows 95 and is primarily aimed at organizing and accessing the files stored on the computer.

At the start, it was called the file manager and later on as different versions of Windows were developed, the name kept changing but not the functionality.  The latest of the Windows releases, “Windows 10” has officialy labled Windows File Explorer >> File Explorer.

Microsoft to enjoys keeping things as graphical as possible, the File Explorer has been loaded with features that enable the graphical manipulation of files and folders.

As the present-day computers used a lot of cloud features. File Explorer has been designed to access the data on the cloud seamlessly too. 

It must be said that the Windows File Explorer has managed to better manage and organize the files on the computer as time went by.

Features of the Windows File Explorer

The Windows File Explorer has been fitted out with a lot of features, but most people only use a handful of them within their daily use of the computer.

File details

It’s possible to access the full functional information of the file that is stored on the computer with the Windows File Explorer.  This enables both the novice user and the expert computer user to understand the essential characteristics of the file to be handled. 

The facility allows further refinement in how the file can further be processed and helps know if it would be compatible with specific actions.

For instance, the feature enables the user to see hidden files along with the regular files.

Moving files

In the older systems, it was necessary to copy/cut and paste files into the respective folders if files had to be moved. With the latest Windows File Explorer, it is possible to transfer files across folders by navigating them across the taskbar at the bottom of the screen.

“The drop feature was missing in the earlier elements of the File Explorer”.

Most computer users tend to multitask their systems for a variety of tasks. Even a workhorse machine does have files that are other than related to work alone.

This is where the tag function of the Windows File Explorer comes in handy. Using this feature, it is possible to add a label to the file, which makes it convenient to understand and know what the record is all about.

It prevents having to open out a file each time to see its contents and features.

Displaying the Pathname

The Pathname is a feature that has been removed as a default feature from Windows 8.  What the Pathname does is provide a graphical representation of the files located on the computer as a tree.

But it’s possible to enable this feature after accessing the Options button. 

One of the most powerful features of a graphical representation is that it can be called quickly and files located easily. 

Traditionally people needed to remember the path to a file or component which not only is time-consuming but rather tedious to do as well.

The Windows File Explorer has been a feature that has been included in the Windows operating system for quite some time now.

It is rather one of the most convenient ways of handling and organizing files on the computer.

In the future, if the past has been an indicator, Microsoft can be expected to roll out still more features with the facility which would make navigation more comprehensive to the user.

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