Windows Explorer – 2 quick tips

Typically, when browsing our network through Windows Explorer, we’ll double-click the folders in the right pane and keep double-clicing until we drill down to the desired location.  There are 2 quick tips to help everyone here….

1 – Customize Favorites

Favorites will be listed at the top of the Navigation Pane (left handed side of Windows Explorer). These will always be at the top. So if there are specific network locations you frequent, adding a link to the Favorites will help you jump to that location in one click.

To add a link (which could be a folder, a saved search, a library or even a drive), DRAG it to the Favorites section from the right hand side and that’s it!  Additionally, you can have your CAD Manager create a folder called something like “_Current Project Shortcuts“on your standards drive (i.e.- I:\Civil3D) and DRAG that folder to your Favorites.  You can then quickly jump to several active project locations quickly. By default, the shortcuts generally point to the CAD folders, but even if that’s not your desired destination, you’re much closer than starting from scratch!

2 – Automatically Expand to Current Folder

By default, the navigation pane does not follow you as you click down through folders on the network. To get that desired functionality, we need to do the following:

  • In an open window, click ORGANIZE and then click FOLDER AND SEARCH OPTIONS.
  • In the Folder Options dialog box, click the GENERAL tab,
  • Select the AUTOMATICALLY EXPAND TO CURRENT FOLDER check box and then click OK.

And you’re done!

And now for a BONUS – the Recycle Bin is often displayed with trash in it.  And it screams to have it emptied, ot at elast it does for me.  That constant nagging can be disruptive. So to rid yourself of that nagging….

To show or hide the Recycle Bin on the desktop

  •  Click the Start button  , type desktop icons into the search box, and then click Show or hide common icons on the desktop.
  •  In the Desktop Icon Settings dialog box, do one of the following:
  • To hide the Recycle Bin, clear the Recycle Bin check box.
  • To show the Recycle Bin, select the Recycle Bin check box.
  • Click OK.



About Kevin
Hi… I am a husband, father, brother and neighbor. I am employed as a Civil Engineer and have enjoyed playing the drums for the last 30+ years.

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