Customize Explorer

You can further customize Windows Explorer's interface by choosing which buttons are shown on the Standard toolbar and by selecting which toolbars are on display. There's a lot of empty space on the right side of the Standard toolbar (unless you've got the window really scrunched up), so why not fill it up with buttons that will help with file management tasks? If you find yourself constantly changing the Folder Options, you can add a button that opens the dialog box so you don't have to use the menu. Here's what to do:


Right-click an empty space on the Explorer toolbar bar and choose Customize… well, strike that. First, you have to make sure the toolbars are Unlocked so that you can customize them. Locking a toolbar prevents changes to toolbar structure or content. To unlock the toolbar, just right-click in an empty toolbar area and choose Lock the Toolbars. If that sounds counterintuitive, look for the check mark. It should be removed before you can edit the toolbar.


Now you can manage the toolbar contents by choosing Customize… from the right-click menu. You see the dialog box as shown in Figure 7-8.

Figure 7-8. Changing the contents of a toolbar.


In the available toolbars column, choose the desired button. The Folder Options button, which I'm using in this example, is at the bottom of this list.


Click the Add button and then choose any other Icon or Text options using the two drop-down boxes. When you're finished, click OK. Now you've got a more capable Explorer toolbar, as shown in Figure 7-9.

Figure 7-9. Explorer buttons make certain tasks even easier.

Spring Into Windows XP Service Pack 2
Spring Into Windows XP Service Pack 2
ISBN: 013167983X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 275
Authors: Brian Culp © 2008-2017.
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