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Three Time Saving Tips for Managing Folders and Files

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Everybody likes to save time and here are three ways to get file and folder tasks done fast.


Manage Windows Explorer Favorites in Windows Vista/7


Windows Explorer contains an area on the left side for placing shortcuts to folders that you use often. In Windows 7, the area is near the top of the left pane and is called “Favorites”. In Vista, it is called “Favorite Links”. Adding or removing links is very easy. To add a link, just drag a folder from the right pane to the link area. To remove a link, right-click it and choose ”Remove” (Windows 7) or “Remove Link” (Vista). This also applies to the Open/Save dialog boxes.


The various favorites are actually shortcuts stored in a folder “Links”. For more detail on managing favorite links, see this article


Rename files fast in Windows Vista/7


Do you ever need to rename a bunch of files? Here is a quick way to do it. Personally, I find "List" view to be best for this operation.

Select the first file you wish to renamePress the function key F2Type in the desired new file namePress the "Tab" key. Do not press “Enter”Windows will automatically select the entire name of the next file, allowing you to type right over the old name. If you do not want to rename that particular file, press Tab again and the next file will be selectedType in the desired new name and press the Tab key again. Repeat until you reach the last file you want to rename.When you have renamed the last file, press the “Enter” key to finish.

Note that after you rename a file, it may jump to a new place in the list, depending on your settings. If that happens and a file suddenly appears in the middle of your list, just press Tab to go on to the next file.


Quickly access your most frequently used folders in Windows 7


Right-click the Explorer icon on the Taskbar. A list of the most frequently used folders and libraries is given in the context menu.


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This tips section is maintained by Vic Laurie. Vic runs a Windows blog called The PC Informant and also operates a computer education website.


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Comments by Fire (not verified) on 23. January 2011 - 3:33  (#65042)

Excellent! Renaming files fast is a great tip, as another poster said, for individually renaming camera photos. I've hunted for over a year looking for a simply freeware tool that could do this. And it's built into the W7 already! I have read several books on W7 and you are the first to ever mention this feature. Thanks!!!

reply by lucky4you on 20. January 2011 - 5:44  (#64884)

great tips

reply by tenacioustim (not verified) on 20. January 2011 - 23:32  (#64929)

I am new to windows seven and I must admit that it has been driving me crazy with the changes they've made in file handling...I need tips and I will be following these tips religiously!!! Thanks

reply by Stanley Reynolds (not verified) on 19. January 2011 - 18:20  (#64863)

Thanks Sope. This is especially useful for renaming pictures from a camera. I used it to rename "pic0001," etc to Maui2010...

reply by Anonymou (not verified) on 19. January 2011 - 16:51  (#64855)

Couldn't drag the hosts file link there.

reply by v.laurie on 19. January 2011 - 17:06  (#64858)

This is likely a permissions issue.

reply by Sope on 19. January 2011 - 12:39  (#64840)

I'd like to add another tip for simple renaming of multiple files :-


1. Select all the files you want to rename simultaneously
2. Right-click on the first of the selected files and from the context menu click "rename"
3. Now type in your chosen text and tap "enter"
4. All the files will be automatically renamed the same but each will have a sequential number added in brackets.

reply by Ranger Phil (not verified) on 19. January 2011 - 16:13  (#64852)

This works beautifully in XP. Thanks for this tip !

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