03 November 2012

Giving Up On Windows 7 Explorer

Giving up on Windows 7 Explorer because file management is harder than WinXP Explorer since it's not possible to disable "auto row highlight" and "select full row".
Feature #1 is confusing because two items can be highlighted in a directory list when you navigate using the mouse and cursor keys: the item under the pointer gets highlighted automatically without having to activate the window but the previously selected item remains highlighted (see the two highlighted folders in the image below). It's too easy to accidentally copy or move the wrong object using keyboard shortcuts because I couldn't tell which object was the active one. In WinXP, you have to click in the window before the selection is changed and only one item is highlighted. Feature #2 means you have to find a blank space (usually the small gap between the item and the edge of the window) with the pointer to show the folder's context menu otherwise you see the highlighted item's context menu.
Playing with an alternative file manager called FreeCommander now. Out of the box, it highlights the entire row but you can disable that feature in Settings, View, File/Folder List, Full row select.