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Windows 7: Have mercy on the Less experienced!

18 Jul 2009   #61
garbanzo

7600 x86
 
 

to each his own, i suppose.

personally, i like being able to:
- navigate across my entire drive structure via my keyboard using custom folder aliases and user-defined hotkeys.
- create custom context menus for every filetype, or for user-defined filetype groups. especially helpful for command-line operations, letting me right-click PNGs and turn them into icons, or perform lossless image rotations on JPGs with just two clicks (or a hotkey).
- convert images, register DLLs, take ownership of files, get MD5 checksums, and a whole lot more - all with custom buttons, hotkeys, or context menu items.
- customize tooltips to show thumbnails, file info (such as video duration, audio bitrate, or EXIF data for my photos).
- create my own menus. i made a "rename" menu filled with various regex rename scripts for adding prefixes/suffixes, adding file counts, renaming images based on EXIF data, even cleaning up messy file names and doing case conversions - all with two clicks of my mouse.
- invert selection, select similar, show filter, hide filter. i hit a hotkey to bring the filter into focus, then type .rar to immediately hide all but .rar files in the current pane. the pane is also a find-as-you-type field. or, i can select a .dll, then hit a hotkey to also select all other .dll files in the folder.
- flat view! flatten an entire directory and all sub directories into one viewer pane, sorted hierarchically or mixed. very powerful.
- move the contents of the current folder into sub folders inside the target folder based on file extension - with a single hotkey.
- integrate any app that supports command line input. select some files, hit a hotkey, send them to ImgBurn. select an .msi, hotkey, extract with UniExtract. select .exe, hotkey, run in Sandboxie. etc.

i could go on all day! but i guess you get the idea. there's very little that DOpus can't do. but if you find explorer to be adequate, then by all means, keep using it


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18 Jul 2009   #62
system001

Windows 7 RC Build 7100 x86 / Windows Vista SP2
 
 

For most users Windows Explorer works just fine. The main problem is the fact that in each new so called OS Microsoft removes feature that we have all ready paid for. Or they add in unneeded features. In 7 just like Vista you have to unhide the Menu bar. When you do unhide it it is the one thing in the entire OS you cannot reskin. You are stuck with that flat baby blue color. The bar they gave us with organize on it is really worthless, it would be great if you could customize with features you will really use instead of what Microsoft thinks you will use. Everything on the organize menu belongs under items under the menu bar buttons. Like I said about the ability to open a folder without the navigation was taken away, if you now disable the navigation pane in one folder Windows makes it the default in all folders. We lost the ability to restore previous folders at logon in 7. Besides saving time because when I logoff or restart I do not have to drill down to the folder I was in it also saves time if someone is picking up where I left off editing files if I happen to forget to inform them where I was. As for the Icon spacing this is probably my personal biggest pet pev. I have gone to personalize, window colors, advance settings icon spacing (horizontal) / (vertical) and set each to 23. I have tried logoff / logon afterwards, I have tried restart and the Icon spacing does not change. I bought the monitor so I could have more workspace. Now Microsoft decides more or less that we do not need that extra workspace. I have one folder that I create on the desktop after installing all my programs, and before hiding my desktop icons called desktop shortcuts. I place shortcuts for all of my most used programs in it then hide the desktop icons to have a clean desktop. The view for this is normally small icons and no navigation pane. I make the folder as small as I can without getting navigation bars(I also normally setup Control Panel this way as well). Now I am stuck with the navigation pane in it, and icons way furthered apart than I like. This makes the whole folder just about twice as wide and at least a third taller than it is normally. We are screaming at Microsoft not because of a higher learning curve, but rather removing features that we do use and that we all ready paid for. As I stated above regardless of the EULA I own the copy of Windows I paid for not Microsoft, therefore I will tweak, hack, crack, and customize it the way I want it regardless of what Microsoft tells me. Especially since they believe they can continue to remove features I do use, and all ready paid for.

Up Button
Animated Wallpaper
Restore Previous Folders At Logon
Icon Spacing
Properly remembering a folders individual view settings without affecting other folders.
etc...
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18 Jul 2009   #63
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by system001 View Post
I have one folder that I create on the desktop after installing all my programs, and before hiding my desktop icons called desktop shortcuts.
Me too.
And, since you cannot turn off folder sorting ..
You can't manually arrange your shortcuts in this folder.

You can arrange the shorts in a new task bar ..
But W7 will not let you make a new task bar and park it on any edge of your screen(s).
You can only make a new taskbar .. In the taskbar.
Now that can get crowded.

But, you don't have to press the shift key to open a file in a new taskbar shortcut ..
unlike the Windows task bar pinned app.

More new exciting features in W7
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18 Jul 2009   #64
system001

Windows 7 RC Build 7100 x86 / Windows Vista SP2
 
 

In short most of the items removed from the OS have to do with Windows Explorer and simple navigation. By Win 8 if the only things you do on your computer are browse the Internet or check email you will be fine, the rest of us will be running either a different OS or tons of third party apps just to be able to do anything else than check email and browse the net.
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18 Jul 2009   #65
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Enough 3rd party apps make's one's eyes go crazy


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18 Jul 2009   #66
system001

Windows 7 RC Build 7100 x86 / Windows Vista SP2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by noyb View Post
enough 3rd party apps make's one's eyes go crazy
nailed it right on the head
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18 Jul 2009   #67
noyb

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

Don't know bout you ..
But a nice OS that didn't need a bunch of 3rd party apps or registry hacks ...
could make my mouth water


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18 Jul 2009   #68
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by system001 View Post
In short most of the items removed from the OS have to do with Windows Explorer and simple navigation. By Win 8 if the only things you do on your computer are browser the Internet or check email you will be fine, the rest of us will be running either a different OS or tons of third party apps just to be able to do anything else than check email and browse the net.
the restore previous folders at login is still there you know...and besides the up button just hit backspace...
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18 Jul 2009   #69
system001

Windows 7 RC Build 7100 x86 / Windows Vista SP2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane2424 View Post
the restore previous folders at login is still there you know...and besides the up button just hit backspace...
restore previous folders at logon is gone. i have been running rc 7100 since it came out and can tell you in xp and vista it is one of first things i enable along with the rest of my folder options. backspace is fine for going to the previous folder you were in, the up button is for going to the parent folder of the folder you are looking at. if i am looking at my vids then in the navigation pane click on general utilities then click the back button i end up back in my vids, however if while viewing general utilities i press the up button i am now viewing my downloads which is the parent folder of general utilities. plus we still have all the other items taken out by microsoft that we have all ready paid for.
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18 Jul 2009   #70
Tepid

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

You paid for them in that OS, not in 7. Just cause it is Windows, doesn't mean it's a continuation of the same old same old. Things change, some for better, some for not, some are not even missed.

Breadcrumbs are actually a lot better than all the buttons we had before to navigate.

Breadcrumbs are far more powerful and precise. You can pretty much get to any parent folder you want once you start drilling down to sub-folders you want. You need to use the little arrows between names. You will find that once you start using it and get used to it, that XP's way seems rudimentary.

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I would hope that user input matters, and if a large enough group clamors for an option/tool back, that it might eventually find its way back into the fold. If not, we are all whistling in the dark, and a small group will simply make unilateral decisions for the majority.
That is one of the main reasons for the really bad copy/move problems when Vista first came out. People complained about how XP's time calcs were off, luckily they fixed the issue and it is more like XP again, just copy the damn file, I don't care about the meg's to minutes thing, (but some group out there did). Also, they did remove a lot of useful info from the move/copy window, Not really a big deal, but it can be. Which is why I use other tools for elaborate copy/move operations.

My point is, just cause a number of people thinks it might be a good idea, doesn't make it a good idea.

Just cause a lot of people believe something is right, doesn't make it right, it's still as wrong as ever.

Restore previous folders at login IS still there... see attachment


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