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    ISSUE 18.43 • 2021-11-08 WINDOWS 11 By Lance Whitney File Explorer in Windows 11 works mostly the same as in Windows 10, but there are visual and layo
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    • #2400374

      Definitely worse

    • #2400376

      And what about functionality? Has Windows 11’s Explorer finally tackled the 255-character  file / folder name limitation?

    • #2400378

      File Explorer in Windows 11 have no folder thumbnails, so users can’t know what’s inside the folders.

    • #2400382

      File Explorer is worse now than ever before.

      I’ll  stay away from Windows 11, as long as I can..

      I liked Windows 7 for it’s layout and my ability to change colors and others on the screen.

      I  now use Openshot and Fences to give me a Windows 7 feel.

      Since 2007, I have been using Directory Opus instead of File Explorer.

      I started looking for a replacement  because File Explorer changes the file dates when the file is moved after it is created/updated.

      Directory Opus leaves the date as it was created. Also get 2 layouts instead of 1.  Start when I click a blank area on a screen.  Pages of  Preferences and the ability to save/restore/email preferences.  I have my D_Opus screens the way the way I want them.  AND the layout has been similar since 2007, and probably before.

      Microsoft could spend money for doing what people want, instead of changing the front end.

      Thank you, Lance Whitney.

      John.Addis at Yahoo.com

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      • #2400654

        Wow, that is not a minor thing, changing the file date when moving it. This is really bad. Thank you.

    • #2400387

      As a long time Microsoft Windows user I have been dreading the release of Windows 11. In fact I made the decision to try Linux as I knew my laptop was unlikely work with the new release. Interesting to see that Win 11 file explorer is going to also allow coloured folder assignment like Linux. Seems several new Win 11 features will adopt what Linux has had for years.
      I now have both operating systems running, bootable options, which allows me to learn Linux whilst still having access to Win11. It’s an interesting time and I wonder what people are going to do when their machines will not update to Win11.

    • #2400423

      People using PC for work, will have to figure out how things are in Windows 11 and its more time consuming (even few click more per day makes the difference). Its definatelly not productive, its just aesthetic. Its not suitable for companies, its for “home toys”.

      Look at this picture, and see how inconsistent is the UI. Its a hodgepodge of colors. Windows Aero was the most beautiful of all Windows. They wont trick me with personal folders copied from Linux 😉

      consistent

      Also, how those small icons for renaming/moving files and folder fits into strategy, that focuses touch devices? Someone forgot about that?
      Also, those stupid “disapearing” tiny scroll bars makes me crazy. Totally touch unfriendly.

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        I forgot to thank mr. @lancewhit for detailed description.

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    • #2400451

      I learned from your article that Alt+Enter opens the File Properties box. I didn’t know that. That is very helpful to know. It works in Windows 7, too.

    • #2400665

      Flouting Microsoft’s rules, man gets Windows 11 to work on a 15-year-old PC

      https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/windows-11-runs-on-a-15-year-old-pc/

    • #2400875

      I wouldn’t care how long the File Explorer context menu is if the user could arrange the list as we wish. Obviously, place your most-used up top and leave the seldom used near the bottom. This has been a wish I’ve had for the past 20+ years. My most used functions such as delete, rename, cut, copy are always buried way down near the bottom.

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