5 Productive Tips For Windows File Explorer In Windows 8

Windows Explorer is a File Explorer that lets the user explore files and folders saved on the hard drive. Windows 8 has introduced the File Explorer with the Ribbon interface which makes it more useful and handy as compared to its previous versions.In this article, we will explore how this ribbon facilitates its users. To open the file explorer, click the folder icon in the task bar or right-click on it and select File Explorer. You may also press the “Windows key+ Q” to search apps and type ‘File Explorer’ to open it.

Open File Explorer

Change what File Explorer opens

By default, File Explorer takes you to the Libraries directly. However, you can easily command file explorer to take you to your most visited folder, if you do not work with the libraries frequently. This requires a simple change in its properties.

  • Right click on the File Explorer.
  • Select Properties.
  • Replace the default libraries path with your desired path in the ‘Target’.
  • You may also set some shortcut keys for it.


Include folders directly to Libraries

The Windows 8 File Explorer Ribbon Bar comes with many rich features. One of these features is to include the folders directly without the need of the copying them from one place to another and with the lesser number of clicks. Let’s assume that you want to add an existing folder in the ‘Documents’ library without leaving your window.

  • Right-click on the Documents and select Properties.
  • Or select Documents and click Properties in the Ribbon.
  • Click on the ‘Add’ button.
  • Browse through your computer, select and include the folder you wish to add.
  • The folder is added successfully.
  • Similarly, you can select the folder name and click ‘Remove’ to remove it from the library.

File Explorer add folder

Move and copy made easier

It is so relaxing that you can move or copy your files and folders to any location without leaving your current window. There is one deficiency, however, you can not ‘copy from’ or ‘move from’ a file from any location. The ‘Include Folder’ feature compensates this deficiency to some extent by including the folders from any location .

  • Select the file or folder to be copied or moved.
  • Click on the ‘Copy to’ button in the ‘Home’ tab.
  • It displays the list of your frequently visited places. You may also select ‘Choose Location’ if your needed location in not included in the list.

You can move a file or folder in the same way but selecting the ‘Move to’  button in the ‘Home’ tab.

Windows File Explorer copy move

Delete files permanently

Previously, deleting a file meant moving it to recycle bin and emptying the recycle bin meant deleting the file permanently. Now you have a choice about deleting any file or folder.

  • Select the file.
  • Click on the ‘Delete’ in the ribbon.
  • Choose if you want to recycle it or delete permanently.
  • Note that recycle bin is a safe option than permanent delete.

Windows Explorer Delete

You can also delete a file permanently by pressing Shift + Delete button while the file to be deleted is selected.

View detailed information about files

The view tab has almost the same options as in previous versions of Windows. But this time you can sort and group your items with respect to the wide variety of attributes.

  • Click on the ‘Group by’ in the view tab.
  • It displays the most commonly used grouping options. Click on the ‘Choose Column’ to see more options.
  • After sorting and grouping  the files and folders properly, you may need to set the attributes listed in front of them.
  • Click on ‘Add Columns’ and select attributes like authors, categories, tags, titles etc.
  • This information will be displayed column wise next to the file/folder name.

File Explorer view

New Item: New files, folders, bitmap images, journal document, text document etc can be created directly from the ‘New Item’ button in the Home tab, while you are inside any library.

Share Tab: Use the ‘Share’ tab to see the different sharing options available.

  • Select the file name and click on the Share tab.
  • You may either zip it or share it with some specific people.
  • You can email, print, fax or burn the file to disc through Share tab.

Overall, Windows File Explorer in Windows 8 has been a great addition and enhancement to Windows Explorer. It is a good experience working with the Ribbon. Do you use the Windows 8 Explorer differently? Share your tips with us in the comments.