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Zip through Windows Explorer with keyboard shortcuts

Pressing Ctrl + N in Windows Explorer opens a new window on the same folder. Ctrl+W closes the current window. (These keyboard shortcuts function the same way in Internet Explorer.) The following additional keyboard shortcuts work in Windows Explorer:

• Alt+D—Move the focus to the address bar, and select the current path.

• F4—Move the insertion point to the address bar, and display the contents of the drop-down list of previous addresses

• Alt+Enter—Show properties of the selected file .

• Shift+F10—Open the shortcut menu for the current selection (which is the same as a right-click)

• F6—Cycle through the following elements: address bar, toolbar, navigation pane, file list, column headings (available in Details view only) .

• Tab—Cycle through the following elements: address bar, search box, toolbar, navigation pane, file list, column headings (available in Details view only).

• Ctrl+Shift+N—Create a new subfolder in the current folder.

• Ctrl+Shift+E—Expands navigation pane to the current folder.

Filtering a folder actually kicks off a specialized search, with the current folder designated as the search scope. If the filtered folder contains subfolders, you will see at the bottom of the list of results an invitation to Search Again In Subfolders, which reruns the search in those locations (and discards any results from the current folder).

Grouping Folder Contents If sorting and filtering don't give you enough ways to organize or locate files, try grouping. Grouping generates a display comparable to the one shown in Figure 8-12 .

Figure 8-12 Use the expand/collapse controls to the left of a group heading to focus attention on particular items.

When you group, Windows Explorer collects all the items that have some common property (in Figure 8-12, type is the property), displaying each group under a heading that can be expanded or collapsed in most views . List view offers a particularly interesting perspective, with each group of results appearing under a column heading . The grouped arrangement is saved as part of the custom view settings for that folder; the next time you open the folder, it will still be grouped.

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