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Files 3.1 is out with smart archives, better drag and drop, tray icon and more

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Files, a popular third-party File Explorer alternative, has received a new feature update. Version 3.1 is now rolling out to all users via the Microsoft Store, bringing a few improvements and new features. The update is not as big as the recently released version 3.0, but it still packs a few notable and user-requested changes.

What is new in Files 3.1

  • System Tray Icon. The Files app now has a tray icon indicating it is running in the background. In addition, the icon works as a shortcut to the documentation and the option to exit the app.
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  • Open Minimized. Version 3.1 lets you launch the Files app on startup in a minimized state. To do so, toggle on "Open Files on Windows Startup" and "Keep Files running in the background."
  • Smart archive extract. The app can now automatically pick the best mode for extracting your archives. Files will unpack an archive with a single file into the current folder. Archives with multiple objects inside will be extracted into a new folder. You can use Smart Extract with the Ctrl + Shift + E shortcut or from the context menu.
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  • Improved sorting. You can now set the app to prioritize files on top of folders when sorting items.
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  • Drag and drop to open in a new tab. Files 3.1 lets you drag a folder on the title bar (tab strip) to open it in a new tab. You can even drag multiple folders to open each in a separate tab.
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Here is the rest of the changelog:

  • Added a prompt when trying to apply tags on non NTFS drives
  • Improved the animation when expanding/collapsing sidebar sections
  • Increased the number of suggestion in the search dropdown to 10 items
  • Opening libraries in the columns view will treat them as root
  • Added a 2gb splitting option when compressing files
  • Added support for displaying recently entered paths
  • Added an option to group items by day
  • Added support for hiding compression options from the context menu
  • Added an out-of-proc WinRT server for long-running background tasks
  • Fixed an issue where third party licenses weren’t displayed
  • Fixed crash that could occur when manipulating invalid images
  • Fixed issue where options in the conflicts dialog would sometimes change when scrolling
  • Fixed crash that could occur when failing to connect to GitHub
  • Fixed the date in the file name when pasting clipboard content
  • Fixed an issue where the selection would sometimes get reset in the rename text box
  • Fixed an issue where resizing the window would reload the preview pane
  • Fixed crash when navigating up in the column layout
  • Fixed issue where “Reopen closed tab” was always disabled when right-clicking on tabs
  • Fixed crash that could occur when trying to open Git settings
  • Fixed issue where text was cut off in Tags flyout
  • Fixed issue where the column headers weren’t always “sticky”
  • Fixed issue where it wouldn’t work to open Files if a previous instance crashed
  • Fixed exception that would sometimes occur when sharing items
  • Fixed NullReferenceException when renaming files
  • Fixed NullReferenceException in ColumnShellPage.NavigateToPath
  • Fixed issue where batch files were opened as system
  • Fixed the taskbar behavior in full screen mode
  • Fixed COMException when removing focus from the path bar

You can download Files 3.1 from the Microsoft Store ($8.99). The app is also available on GitHub.

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