Touch friendly File Explorer (formerly Windows Explorer)


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Mockingbird

Shouldn't Microsoft be making File Explorer more touch friendly at least in tablet mode?

 

Microsoft doesn't need to make a modern File Explorer, all it need to do is make file explorer bigger (ie. wider) in tablet mode.

 

This is not touch friendly:

(I do realize that this is from Windows 8, but not that much has changed)

 

Windows-8-File-Explorer.png

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etacarinae

Please don't give them more ideas, lest we receive a Universal'd File Explorer in the same vein as Calculator.

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MS Bob 10

They tried that with the SkyDrive app and then abandoned it. :p

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Mockingbird

I think what Microsoft needs to do is make the spacing between each item bigger.

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WinMacLin Guy

I agree this needs to be done. Personally, I find that it is a pain to use File Explorer on my Surface without the type cover; and I have an even more difficult time doing file management on a device like the Dell Venue 8 Pro (and this will probably apply to other devices with a small screen). This is not even taking to account other issues with the File Manager (overtly complicated UI [they need someway to clean it up yet keep it functional], the broken and outdated preview system.

 

One thing about Windows 10 and the entire idea of Windows as a service idea is that new features will be added once the OS has been released, so even if it does not come instantly at launch I believe that it will come eventually. In fact, I believe MS is already working on this, because Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview has a new universal WinRT based File Manager, and while that application has too little functionality at this point to replace the existing feature-rich Win32 file manager on the desktop, it could be the basis for an eventual replacement to the File Manager (once more features are added and it has become optimized for desktops and tablet devices). However, rewriting the Windows File Manager as a WinRT application and making it the default system to browse files is no small task because the existing File Manager is so deeply integrated into the operating system and both first-party and third-party applications that they probably will not be able to remove it all at one go, but rather they will have to eventually migrate off of it (this is the same with the Control Panel [which I believe is actually part of the File Manager, aka Explorer], Windows Media Player, and many other apps).

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Stokkolm

They've started to do this with File Explorer on the mobile version, perhaps it will be adapted for larger screens?

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deck

I think File Explorer can really be improved and can meld a touch-mouse interface.  Some of those unofficial mock-ups looked great and achieve the functionality we need (well, at a glance).  

 

The equivalent on Yosemite (and previous versions of Mac OS) is extremely functional and, while not designed for touch, has  more intuitive design for that interface method. 

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link6155

OneDrive app on Windows 8.1 can manage both OneDrive and local files. 

 

For now, there's plenty of 3rd party solutions on the Windows Store, my favorite being Files&Folders

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Obry

I don't understand why they don't implement the Office 2013 Touch Mode toggle in the rest of the desktop apps like File Explorer and be done with it. If you're using mouse turn it off if you like, if you're using touch then turn it on - yes it's a bit of manual labor but it works...

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deck

I don't understand why they don't implement the Office 2013 Touch Mode toggle in the rest of the desktop apps like File Explorer and be done with it. If you're using mouse turn it off if you like, if you're using touch then turn it on - yes it's a bit of manual labor but it works...

 

Continuum will cover that.  But they need to make Explorer as useful via touch as it is via mouse.

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JakeB

I don't understand why they don't implement the Office 2013 Touch Mode toggle in the rest of the desktop apps like File Explorer and be done with it. If you're using mouse turn it off if you like, if you're using touch then turn it on - yes it's a bit of manual labor but it works...

Well remember most of the touch stuff is with Metro apps. Also Office using touch versus Explorer is explorer is part of the OS and Office is an installed application. But they are working on it in the Technical Preview.

 

http://www.winbeta.org/news/windows-10-microsoft-promises-updated-file-explorer-user-experience-ux

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Orange Battery

I think there should be a whole load more detailed and options for Explorer in desktop mode (perhaps using an expert option). In the end, something is going to come along that offers either basic mode for touch and casual users and then a detailed mode for those using a mouse. Microsoft should do it first and not have to catch up once again in its own previously dominated back yard.

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+Red King

I feel like Microsoft has a case of  'left hand doesn't know what right is doing'

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Mockingbird

I feel like Microsoft has a case of  'left hand doesn't know what right is doing'

 

That sounds like my girlfriend. She uses her left hand to hold my head and kisses me and use her right hand to slap me. :laugh:

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+Dick Montage

The mobile/tablet experience is erring towards not giving filesystem access anyway

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Dot Matrix

Please don't give them more ideas, lest we receive a Universal'd File Explorer in the same vein as Calculator.

There is nothing wrong with Calc. It's time for change, and Explorer needs upgraded. It sticks out like a sore thumb on Windows 8, and is even worse on Windows 10. There's a lot of push for a new Explorer, and Windows 10 is the time to release one.

 

 

I've created my own concept that I submitted for feedback:

Explorer_Dark.png?psid=1

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Mockingbird

I am genuinely worried that Microsoft has already shown most of its card on January 21st and there's no redesigned File Explorer (Windows Explorer) coming.

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Dot Matrix

I am genuinely worried that Microsoft has already shown most of its card on January 21st and there's no redesigned File Explorer (Windows Explorer) coming.

 

They're not even close to being done yet.

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nekrosoft13

Please don't give them more ideas, lest we receive a Universal'd File Explorer in the same vein as Calculator.

 

yeah, don't give them idea to screw up windows even more.

There is nothing wrong with Calc. It's time for change, and Explorer needs upgraded. It sticks out like a sore thumb on Windows 8, and is even worse on Windows 10. There's a lot of push for a new Explorer, and Windows 10 is the time to release one.

 

 

I've created my own concept that I submitted for feedback:

 

Yes there is, has less features, more cumbersome and looks like crap. don't fix what isn't broken.

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+warwagon

There is nothing wrong with Calc. It's time for change, 

 

Reminds me of the poster someone made that said 

 

"Change, because that's all you'll have left'

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Dot Matrix

yeah, don't give them idea to screw up windows even more.

Yes there is, has less features, more cumbersome and looks like crap. don't fix what isn't broken.

Great, so by your definition, the old calc was broken. Windows 10 is a responsive OS, and a responsive application it was not. Same goes for Explorer.

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+warwagon

Great, so by your definition, the old calc was broken. Windows 10 is a responsive OS, and a responsive application it was not. Same goes for Explorer.

 

What I don't want is the desktop to be overhauled to work with a tablet.  Lets make everything bigger so I can press it with my finger. The mouse and keyboard are out dated /s. While I do have that 7 inch HP tablet and as nice as it would be to be able to use the desktop better with my finger, I do 99% of my productivity on my Desktops and I like Windows just the way it is.

 

I have a hard time getting anything useful done with a tablet, excluding the surface with a keyboard, just give me a good old fashion laptop or desktop with a keyboard.

 

I can do in 2 mins that would have taken me 5 -10 mins on a tablet and not near the frustration.

 

If you remove the number of tablets that have physical keyboards, that leave ALOT if not most of them that do not, and man typing on a virtual keyboard is not much fun at all.

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Dot Matrix

What I don't want is the desktop to be overhauled to work with a tablet.  Lets make everything bigger so I can press it with my finger. The mouse and keyboard are out dated /s. While I do have that 7 inch HP tablet and as nice as it would be to be able to use the desktop better with my finger, I do 99% of my productivity on my Desktops and I like Windows just the way it is.

 

I have a hard time getting anything useful done with a tablet. excluding the surface with a keyboard, just give me a good old fashion laptop or desktop with a keyboard.

 

I can do in 2 mins that would have taken me 5 -10 mins on a tablet and not near the frustration.

 

If you remove the number of tablets that have physical keyboards, that leave ALOT of them that do not, and man is typing on a virtual keyboard not much fun at all.

Cool. 99% of the world disagrees.

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+warwagon

Cool. 99% of the world disagrees.

 

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Jim K

Great, so by your definition, the old calc was broken. Windows 10 is a responsive OS, and a responsive application it was not. Same goes for Explorer.

 

This is rich.  How was the old calculator broken by warwagon's definition of "Yes there is, has less features, more cumbersome and looks like crap"?

 

Technically, the new calculator has less features (doesn

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