Best Windows Explorer Hacks You must know

Every Windows User is well aware of What Windows Explorer is. Windows Explorer is also known as File Explorer particularly in Windows 8. Window’s File Explorer is something we all Use on daily basis. So why not try to make it more Productive and Efficient with some Cool Hacks. Earlier We Saw How to Get Back Start Button In Windows 8

Here in this article i have listed 5 Best Windows Explorer Hacks that you Must be aware of to make your Files management Experience more easy and efficient.

5 Best Windows Explorer Hacks

1) Edit Send to Menu: Windows By Default allows you to Send any file or folder to Desktop, or Compress it or Mail it to the Recipient of your Choice, We Can Edit this Send to Menu to display things that you want to display, you can add or delete anything from this menu Easily.

Navigate to C:\Users\*Username*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo.
Appdata Folder is Hidden by Default, First unhide it by Clicking on View>Option>Folder option>View> Check show hidden files,folders and Drives.
You Can alternatively open Send to Folder with Run Command, Press Win+R key to open up Run Dialog, and type in shell:sendto and press Enter.

There You Can see Some Similar Files That were showing you in the Send to Menu. To Remove any Option you can delete that File from Send to folder. On the other hand to add Something to Send to Menu, Just Copy the folder that you want to show up in Send to Menu and Paste it there in that Folder. Now Check the Send to menu to See the Changes. All Done !!!

2) Add Copy to and Move to Folder options : We can add “Copy to Folder” and “Move to Folder” to your Context Menu. Windows Don’t Provide these options by default but we can add with a simple Registry hack.

To add Copy to and move to  folder Option : Click here to Download Add_Move_To_Folder.reg File,

And Click here to Download Add_Move_To_Folder.reg file. These files are  small regsitry file for windows that will help you to add Copy to folder and Move to Folder option. Once downloaded, Double click on it, Click Run when Prompted. then you may be asked to click on yes and ok Couple of times.

Best WIndows Explorer TricksWhen Everything is done, Right Click on any folder and check if its Showing Move to and Copy to Folder options. You Can see Move to and Copy to Folders are now added to your Context menu like mine.

Best WIndows Explorer HacksBonus Noob Tip: Hold Down CTRL key , Drag and drop Source file to Destination to Copy it. And Hold down SHIFT key, Drag and Drop Source file to Destination to Move it.

3) Change Default Folder: Whenever you Launch Windows Explorer in windows 7/8, it opens up Library folder, but may it its not that usefull for us or we need some other folder to open up when we Click on taskbar’s Windows Explorer Shortcut. So in this hack we will Change Windows Default Folder  to our Downloads Folder instead of library.

  • To Start with we will Right click on the Windows Explorer or File Explorer for Win 8 Users from the task bar icon. A list will show up, Now again Click on Windows Explorer (File Explorer) and Click on Properties.
  • You can see a Dialog Box appears, There you Can see target path is somewhat like AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries all we have to do is change this path to your desired folder that you want to open up everythime you launch file explorer.
  • As here we are going to Change it to Download Folder we will change the path to C:\Users\*Username*\Downloads. Click OK and we have successfully changed the path now.

4) Add tabs to File manager: We will be Using a Third Party tool Which is QTTabBar (2.9 mb) to Get advantage of Tabs, just like we have tabs in our Browsers. It not only Facilitates with the tabs but also provides many other usefull features that shows up in you file explorer

You will be asked for a Reboot in order to make changes after the installation process Completes. you might like to see how to disable windows restart after windows update or after installing any software.

5)Better File Copying Speed: Windows have made some efforts in windows 8 to improve Copying Speed. Copying FIles is better in windows 8 as compared to older versions but yet its slow and many times it Conflicts, so We will be Using TeraCopy to Takeup this task and its Fast and Effective. What it does is, it  Eliminates windows Default File-Copy Dialog  and gives us a better one.

After Installing TeraCopy, Whenever you Will Copy and paste, TeraCopy will Come into Action and do the Task for you much Faster. it also adds itself to Context Menu as an Option if in Case you prefer to Use it only when you Want to .

With this it Concludes my List of Best Windows Explorer Hacks, Which i have Tried and have helped me. if you know any other Trick of Windows Explorer then Feel free to Add a Comment Below.

  1. Reply Kor February 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Dear Jigar,
    Thanks for your useful tricks!
    In XP I used your trick 1 to run my script-files on different database-connections. I organized the connections within different folders in my SendTo.
    But in Windows 8, this doesn’t work anymore!
    When I paste the project-folder containing the connections into my SendTo-folder the folder does in fact show up in the context-menu, but it won’t open. It is not possible to open it to use the containing shortcuts. That’s a pity! Do you know the solution?
    Kind regards,

  2. Reply rahul February 12, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    download mak context menu creator

  3. Reply Abhishek February 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Whosoever is managing this… you are just great… amazing.. keep it up..

  4. Reply Abhishek Tavasalkar January 27, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Hey Great trick buddy… Even the website design is great!

  5. Reply saad January 21, 2014 at 1:51 am


  6. Reply Arsalan January 21, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Thank you for the great info :)

    • Reply jigar Tank January 21, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Glad that you liked the article :)

  7. Reply mayank January 20, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    installation of qttabar is successful in my win 8 lapy but still i’m not able to see tabs

  8. Reply keith January 19, 2014 at 11:05 am


  9. Reply anu January 19, 2014 at 8:49 am

    When i tried yo install QTTabbar it says ” to run this app u first must install one of the followin versions if d .Net framework:
    Wat should i do ???

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