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It's unlikely that custom features will be added to Windows Explorer, but there are other programs available.
Windows Explorer in Windows 7 is quite good, but there are few features that would make it better. I always sort by date so that the most recently used files are at the top of my file list. Generally, this works best. But what about a way to highlight certain files? Perhaps using Outlook category colors in a folder so that important older files stand out and can be found more easily without a search? Explorer replacement seemed like overkill and appear quite complex.
In this excerpt from Answercast #41, I look at the possibility of getting Microsoft to start working on custom feature requests from users – not likely!
I'm certain that there's no shortage of ideas for how to improve Windows Explorer. In all honesty, to be brutally honest, I really don't expect the kinds of features that you're talking about to be added to Windows Explorer any time soon. Certainly, I could be wrong, but there's no expectation on my part that the Windows team feels that Explorer needs a bunch of additional features.
Remember, features cost in terms of:
Operating system size;
The amount of time it takes to actually build the operating system;
The amount of resources it takes to test the operating system and so forth.
So, features; adding features that aren't part of Microsoft's own strategic vision for whatever they think Windows is going to be are kind of unlikely to make the cut.
Now, what I do recommend you do is what you have kind of written off and that is:
In fact, I use one. It's called Xplorer2. I like it because it's more of a simple dual-pane, Windows Explorer replacement that essentially does the same thing as Windows Explorer except it's old-style for people who like the old way that files were listed. It uses two panes instead of just one and makes for easier file copying and so forth.
There are several Windows Explorer replacements and I fully expect, in the comments to this article, that people will recommend some of their favorite Windows Explorer replacements. Perhaps one of those will have the features that you're looking for.
Ultimately, I honestly believe that's the only practical way to get the features that you're looking for. That is:
Not to expect Microsoft to add them to Windows any time soon.
But rather go out and look for a Windows Explorer replacement that actually has the features you care about.
Yep, sometimes it might feel like it's a little bit more complex than you
need, but it in reality (even in my case, with Xplorer2), I ignore 80-90% of the
features of that program. I have it for what I like it for. Yes, it has a lot
of other things, but for the most part, I just focus on what I need and that
actually keeps it pretty simple.
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