Windows: Folder Options

It had been long since I actually wrote about Windows and some small tricks which i feel can be used by most of you around. Well, just thought of putting down a few of them here…This time its all about Folders and Folder Options.

So here goes the list 🙂

  • Custom Icons for Folders
    Prior to XP, a folder was yellow and that was it, case closed, unless you used a third party program to change the folder icons. Those days are over. XP has the ability to use different icons built right in via the context menu. Here’s how:

    1. Open Windows Explorer (Ctrl + E), select a folder, right click and select Properties. The Property Sheet for the selected folder will open
    2. Select the Customize tab

    You can change the type of folder to match the contents, select a picture for use in thumbnail view or change the folder icon that will appear in any view other than thumbnail.

  • Do Not Automatically Display Folder Size
    When you hover your mouse pointer over a folder in Explorer, Windows XP will automatically calculate the size of all files in the folder and subfolder, displaying the results as a tooltip popup. To avoid wasting CPU cycles or causing your hard drive to spin every time you hover your mouse pointer over a folder, you can disable this feature:

    1. Click Start, Run and type “control folders” to go to the Folder Options menu
    2. When the dialog box appears, select the View tab, uncheck “Display file size information in folder tips” and click OK

    You can still obtain folder size via right-clicking on a folder and selecting Properties > General.

  • Display The Quick Launch Toolbar
    If the Quick Launch Toolbar is missing from the taskbar, right-click an empty area on the taskbar, scroll to Toolbars, and then check Quick Launch.

    Add items to the Quick Launch toolbar by clicking the icon for the program you want to add, and dragging it to the Quick Launch portion of the taskbar.

  • Open Each Folder in its Own Window
    1. Open the Folder Options menu as described above
    2. On the General tab, under Browse Folders, click Open each folder in its own window.

    Note: This may lead to a lot of open windows during peak hour.




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