Add ad­vanced tools to File Ex­plorer

What you need: DMEX; Any Win­dows ver­sion (XP to 10) Time re­quired: 20 min­utes

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The­free pro­gram DMEX adds a small pop-up win­dow that you can ac­ti­vate by press­ing Ctrl+f1 within any Win­dows/ File Ex­plorer win­dow. It has many use­ful op­tions that Ex­plorer doesn’t of­fer. For ex­am­ple, you can align mul­ti­ple Ex­plorer win­dows so they ap­pear side by side, sync con­tents of any two fold­ers, rs, re­name mul­ti­ple files in one go, ac­cess your favourite fold­ers, and nd copy the file names of any folder. der. You can also cre­ate your own key­board short­cuts for each of th­ese tasks.

STEP To in­stall the pro­gram, go to www.snipca. 1 com/26400, then click the ‘download DMEX click here’ link in the Download sec­tion at the top. Run the down­loaded setup file (it doesn’t con­tain any junk) un­til you need to click Fin­ish. To use DMEX, open Win­dows/file Ex­plorer, then press Ctrl+f1. You’ll see a small pop-up win­dow with five op­tions 1 , each of which has fur­ther drop­down menus. The first op­tion – Ar­range Ex­plorer Win­dows 2 – is use­ful if you tend to use many Ex­plorer win­dows at once.

STEP Move your cur­sor to it to see op­tions to ar­range two win­dows 2 hor­i­zon­tally, ver­ti­cally, or mul­ti­ple win­dows hor­i­zon­tally or ver­ti­cally 1 . If you’ve ar­ranged win­dows and want to save their align­ment, click ‘Save po­si­tions’ 2 . You can then click ‘Re­store po­si­tions’ 3 to quickly re­store this saved po­si­tion. Some op­tions have key­board short­cuts 4 (Strg in­di­cates your Ctrl key, and Um­sch in­di­cates Shift). We’ll show you how to cus­tomise th­ese de­faults and add short­cuts for other op­tions in Step 7. Of all DMEX’S op­tions, File Op­er­a­tions has the most fea­tures 5 .

STEP The first op­tion lets you cre­ate a 3 new sub-folder within the one you’re in 1 . Syn­chro­nize Wizard 2 opens a new box where you’ll see op­tions to sync the con­tents of any two fold­ers. You can choose which folder you want to sync items to, and re­place or up­date files in the folder you’re sync­ing. DMEX also lets you move files from your cur­rent folder to its par­ent folder 3 (the folder above the one you’re in). You can also see how much stor­age space that folder is con­sum­ing 4 and how much free space you have within the drive you’re in 5 .

STEP To re­name mul­ti­ple files in one go, press Ctrl, click to 4 se­lect the files you want to re­name, open DMEX, move your cur­sor to File Op­er­a­tions, then click ‘Re­name files’. In the win­dow that opens, you’ll see the files’ ex­ist­ing names 1 and where they are stored 2 . There are dif­fer­ent ways you can re­name your files. The eas­i­est way is to se­lect the rel­e­vant drop­down menu at the bot­tom right, then dou­ble-click the rel­e­vant re­nam­ing value(s) you want 3 . You can also mod­ify the date and time when your files were cre­ated 4 . Click Change Names 5 to con­firm and re­name your files.

STEP Se­lect any files within a folder, open DMEX, then move 6 your cur­sor to Clip­board 1 . You’ll see the op­tion to copy the file paths, names or both 2 . Al­ter­na­tively, to only copy file names, click Col­lect 3 to open a small box at the bot­tom right, then drag and drop files into it. There are dif­fer­ent ways to paste this copied data. Open an­other folder, then click ‘Paste to file’ 4 to cre­ate a new notepad file with your copied data. Al­ter­na­tively, to only paste this data into an­other pro­gram (such as Word or Out­look), sim­ply open that pro­gram, then press Ctrl+v.

STEP Next, open DMEX and move your cur­sor to ‘Change to’. 5 You’ll see op­tions to open the folder above the one you’re in 1 or the drive it’s in 2 . Click­ing Drive 3 lists all the drives on your PC. Click one to open it. One of the pro­gram’s most use­ful tools is the op­tion to add a list of fold­ers you ac­cess of­ten to the ‘Change to’ menu. To do this, open the first folder you want, click ‘Add cur­rent path’ 4 , then click Ac­cept. Re­peat this to add other fold­ers 5 . You can re­ar­range their or­der by click­ing ‘Con­fig­ure paths’ at the bot­tom.

STEP We’ll now show you how to cus­tomise the pro­gram’s 7 de­fault key­board short­cuts or cre­ate your own for any of the above tasks. Open your PC’S no­ti­fi­ca­tion menu, right-click the DMEX icon 1 , then click Con­fig­u­ra­tion 2 to see a list of all DMEX’S tasks. To cus­tomise/cre­ate your own key­board short­cut, se­lect any task you want 3 . Now press one (or a com­bi­na­tion of) Ctrl, Shift, Alt + a let­ter, num­ber, or Func­tion key of your choice. Click Ap­ply, then OK 4 to con­firm your changes. The pro­gram’s ‘How to use’ web­site ( www. ex­plains all its fea­tures in fur­ther de­tail. ●

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