Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Windows Machine Organized

1.Invert file selections

If you want to delete 29 files in a 30-file folder, don’t select the 29. Instead, select the one you want to keep, then click Invert selection under Home on the File Explorer ribbon menu. Hit Alt+H then tap S followed by I to do the same job via keyboard shortcuts.

2) Rename a bunch of files at once

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Not still renaming files individually are you? Select multiple files (with Shift+click or Ctrl+click) in File Explorer, then right-click on them and choose Rename—the filename you enter is given to all the selected files, with a different number added on the end.

3) Bypass the Recycle Bin

Maybe you don’t want anyone recovering your erased data, or maybe you just don’t want the Recycle Bin taking up storage on your drive, but to permanently delete a file the first time around, hold down Shift before you hit the Deletekey. You still get a confirmation box too!

4) Open files with the right app

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Don’t settle for files opening with the wrong app when you double-click them: Right-click a file, choose Open with then Choose another app, and make sure the Always use this app box is checked before you pick. Scroll down to More apps if you don’t see the right one.

5) Zoom in and out of files

Opening up the View tab of the File Explorer ribbon is one way of changing the size of the thumbnails representing your files, but there is an easier option: Hold down the Ctrl key then move the mouse scroll wheel up or down to change the display formatting used.

6) Choose where File Explorer opens

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By default, File Explorer opens the Quick Access screen when launched. If you’d rather go back to the old-school approach, and display your system drives first, right-click the Quick access link on the left and choose Options. Pick This PC from the top drop-down menu.

7) See more details

A quick tap on Alt+P in File Explorer will bring up the preview window on the right (or hide it if it’s already showing). To show or hide the details pane instead, showing information like picture dimensions and the date a file was created, use the Shift+Alt+P shortcut.

8) Apply a folder view to all folders

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If you find a particular mix of display settings that you’re fond of—like a certain thumbnail size—you can easily set this as the default for all folders of the same type. Open the View tab on the File Explorer ribbon, click Options, then click Apply to Folders under View.

9) Get your windows arranged

Arranging multiple File Explorer windows can be tricky (by the way, use a scroll wheel click on the File Explorer entry on the taskbar to create a new window). To simplify the process, right-click the taskbar and pick Show windows stacked or Show windows side by side.


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