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Five Windows Explorer Tricks to Make Your Life Easier | Utilities

Windows Explorer hides some little-known tricks even from Windows users for many years. With each system update, Microsoft adds new features to the feature, including new ways to organize buttons and faster shortcuts that can make everyday life easier. In addition, it is possible to use accessory programs that enhance the system's native explorer and make it browser-like. Here are five features of Windows Explorer that you probably don't know about.

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1. Copy folders and files quickly

Explorer has a command that releases a number of additional menus to the Send To function of the context menu. The feature allows you to copy folders and files to other locations more easily using just the right mouse button click without having to open other file explorer windows.

Step 1. Hold down the Shift key, right-click on the item you want to copy and release. In the context menu, navigate to the Send To option;

Access the Send To menu after Shift-clicking the item Photo: Playback / Paulo AlvesAccess the Send To menu after Shift-clicking the item Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Access the Send To menu after Shift-clicking the item Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Step 2. You will see that the menu will show a much larger number of locations to upload the file or folder you have selected. Choose the destination of the item and click to copy.

Send the file to another directory with one click Photo: Reproduction / Paulo AlvesSend the file to another directory with one click Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Send the file to another directory with one click Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

2. Make the look cleaner

Explorer has a set of shortcuts at the top of the window for performing ordinary actions such as copying, pasting and cutting items or creating folders. These shortcuts can even replace the options panel and free up window space.

Step 1. Right-click on the functions you use most in Explorer and select Add Quick Access Toolbar;

Add features Explorer shortcut bar Photo: Playback / Paulo AlvesAdd features Explorer shortcut bar Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Add features Explorer shortcut bar Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Step 2. When you have the most important functions at the top of the window, click on the arrow next to expand the menu and select Minimize Range. This way, Explorer gets cleaner and leaves more room to show your files.

Collapse Explorer main menu to free space in the interface Photo: Playback / Paulo AlvesCollapse Explorer main menu to free space in the interface Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Collapse Explorer main menu to free space in the interface Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Microsoft has already promised, but has not yet released tabbed organization for Explorer. Meanwhile, programs like Clover supply the need. The free app makes Windows File Explorer look like a browser: every click on a new folder opens in a tab in the same window.

Clover adds tabs to Explorer Photo: Playback / Edivaldo BritoClover adds tabs to Explorer Photo: Playback / Edivaldo Brito

Clover adds tabs to Explorer Photo: Playback / Edivaldo Brito

4. Customize fast access

The quick access menu offers some important customization options. They allow, for example, to reopen Explorer from the My Computer menu and remove the list of recently used files.

Step 1. Select Quick Access with the right mouse button and press Options;

Open more Fast Access options Photo: Reproduction / Paulo AlvesOpen more Fast Access options Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Open more Fast Access options Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 2. At the top, select where the explorer should open by default. At the bottom, uncheck the box next to Show recently used files to remove this information from Explorer.

Customize the Quick Access menu Photo: Reproduction / Paulo AlvesCustomize the Quick Access menu Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Customize the Quick Access menu Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

5. Find out details about network devices

Explorer can easily discover the IP and MAC address of devices connected on the same network as your computer. Such information may be useful for identifying intruders without the need to download additional programs.

Step 1. Click on the Network menu of Explorer and on the View tab, arrange the view by Details;

Access devices on the same network Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesAccess devices on the same network Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Access devices on the same network Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. In Current View, press Group By and choose Select Columns;

Customize the columns of the network device detail view Photo: Playback / Paulo AlvesCustomize the columns of the network device detail view Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Customize the columns of the network device detail view Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Step 3. Check IP Address and MAC Address and click Ok. This information will now be displayed in a specific column of the screen showing the devices connected to the same network.

Add IP and MAC to device details Photo: Playback / Paulo AlvesAdd IP and MAC to device details Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Add IP and MAC to device details Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves