Some Windows users personalize the views in File Explorer or Windows Explorer to make the app more useful for the way they navigate files. We can get carried away and make so many changes that we want to get rid of them and return the File Explorer to its original state. Windows offers a fast and efficient way of reversing all changes by resetting the folders that belong to the same viewing template. The procedure is accurate and straightforward, and it can save you a lot of time by reversing all the changes at once.
If you are used to working with files and documents, you are also probably used to working with ZIP files. You meet them everywhere: on the websites where you download files, to the documents your colleagues send through email. ZIP files are common because they reduce the size of files or folders and thus make it easier to send them over the internet or other means. Although ZIP file archives are not protected by default from prying eyes, you can secure their contents by adding passwords without which they cannot be opened. Here are two ways to password-protect ZIP archives, in Windows:
One of the changes often performed in Windows is to customize the way File Explorer displays files. We show you how to make these changes once, and make sure they re-apply automatically for all the other folders that contain the same type of files. This magic is done using the default viewing templates, and using them is easier than you might think. Let's go together through the setup so that you can be more efficient in the way you deal with files in Windows:
Windows 10 shows you the frequently accessed folders and recent files in the Quick access view when you open File Explorer. While this feature can be useful if you need quick access to your frequent resources, it might also be an annoyance if you are using a shared computer, and you do not want other people to see what you are doing on the same computer. These lists can be cleared manually or hidden permanently. Read on to learn how to it is done:
The folder term that is present in all modern operating systems was used for the first time more than 60 years ago in a computing device. Initially, folders were called directories. But, once graphical user interfaces became the norm, the term was replaced with folders. In the modern versions of Windows, folders are easy to use, and, at the same time, allow sophisticated operations for the power users. Let's find out together what a folder is and how to make use of them on your Windows computer:
When you want to browse your files and work with them in Windows, most people fire up File Explorer (in Windows 10 and Windows 8) or Windows Explorer (in Windows 7). While these apps are good-enough file managers, for most people, they can be improved and tweaked to work even better. To improve your user experience, we have compiled a list of fifteen tips that you can apply, so that File Explorer or Windows Explorer work the way you want to:
You may often have to work with ZIP file archives. Co-workers can send you ZIP files via e-mail. OneDrive and Google Photos download several files at once by grouping them in a ZIP file. The examples are numerous. The good news is, once you have your ZIP files downloaded to your Windows computer, you can open them and extract their contents without using third-party apps. Here is how to extract all the files or just one file from ZIP archives, using what Windows has to offer:
The ZIP files have been around since 1989, and for about 10 years you had to install a third party app in your Windows to work with files that have the ".zip": extension. Starting with 1998, Windows has included the ability to create and use zipped folders and files, as a standard feature. When you need to combine several files and folders for easy and economical transfer and storage, the ZIP files are the go-to solution. They are easy to use and available in every Windows system. The Windows functionality that allows you to archive files is called a "compressed (zipped) folder".
SmartScreen Filter, Windows SmartScreen or the Windows Defender SmartScreen are the same protection feature, with different names, depending on the Windows version that you are using. While it helps protect your computer from malicious files, apps, and websites, some users consider it annoying and want to disable it. If you want to turn off the SmartScreen Filter, here is how it's done:
Taking screenshots of your screen is a feature that has been around for a long time. By default, Windows saves your screenshots in a particular folder on your Windows PC or device. Although this location is intuitive and works for most people, there are situations in which you may want to change it. If you are curious to find out where your screenshots saved by Windows are, and how to change the screenshots location, read this article: