< # Stepwiser: Windows 10: File Explorer

# StepWiser Windows 10

Windows 10 for really new Newbies

By Peter Hulm

File Explorer Reloaded

Microsoft's File Explorer for Windows has always been so underpowered I switched to other programs years ago.

My current, and longtime, favourite is Free Commander XE: a double pane manager with synchronization, file viewing and file comparison built-in (if you install WinMerge as an add-on for the latter).

So it was a surprise to discover how much more File Explorer can do under Windows 10. Those enigmatic icons hide some new power.

file explorer icons
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The left arrow points to the Properties window pop-up. The right arrow shows how you can select files more easily.

This is the new item drop-down, enabling you to quickly produce a new file of a particular type or folder.

new item dropdown

You might find yourself using the Quick Access info a lot, since it enables you to reload your most recent files and folders. The File Explorer enables you to pin a file to this handy list (see the top left).

The File Menu also offers handy new facilities, including opening a second window:

file menu options

Does that make it a fully powered file management system. No way. But don't write it off completely. I find it easier to use and go to it often when I don't need the power of Free Commander.