Windows XP Help

Windows XP FAQ - Windows Explorer

1. How do I get the size of a Folder?

There are two ways:
Open the Properties of the Folder and it will display the Size (sum of files sizes) and Size on Disk (the difference is that the Size on Disk
is the number of clusters x cluster size).

You can also get the size, by hovering the mouse over the folder in question, and an information box (infotip) will appear with the approximate
size of the folder and a small list of subfolders and files in it.

2. How do I view properties of files?

You can right click the file, and select Properties or hover the mouse over the file in question and an information box will appear, you can also view
file properties on the Status bar at the bottom of the window (to enable Status bar, select Status Bar from the View menu).

3. How do I get a list of disks and folders in Explorer?

Open any explorer window, then from the View menu select Explorer Bar then Folders. You can also view other things in the left hand bar such as
Favourites, Search files and folders, History and Tasks (if no option is selected).

4. Why are some folder names are shown in blue?

These folders are compressed. For example, some folders under windows such a hotfix files are compressed. To compress or uncompress a folder,
select the properties of the folder and click Advanced and tick or untick option to 'Compress contents to save disk space'.

5. Can I add items and programs to the right click pop up menu?

Some items are added via the Registry and is not easy to change. You can add program shortcuts to the Send To menu. You can do this via the
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\SendTo folder in your profile.

6. How do I make my Desktop a web page like Active Desktop on Windows 98?

Open the Display control panel, click on Desktop, then click on Customise Desktop and then the Web tab and there you can use your current home page or add a different page to display on the desktop.

7. When I open Task Manager, the tabs and menus are gone. How do I get them back?

To switch Task Manager to its typical display mode, double-click the top border of the window. If Task Manager is disabled, you can re-enable it using gpedit.msc in User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Task Scheduler.

8. I find Explorer too slow. What can I replace it with?

There are many replacements such as Directory Opus, Universal Explorer, FileQuest XP, or AB Commander, and many others.

9. How do I configure specific desktop and other settings for all users?

If you have XP Pro, you can do this via Local/Group Policies using gpedit.msc which will allow you to configure settings for each machine (if your machine is in a Domain then use Active Directory Users and Computers to configure Group Policy).