Original Windows File Manager (winfile) with enhancements for Windows 10

Original Windows File Manager (winfile) with enhancements for Windows 10

Windows File Manager (winfile) is reborn! The program now includes enhancements for Windows 10. The Microsoft Windows File Manager is the graphical interface that allows end users to view and manipulate files and folders on Windows computers to the previous version.

The file manager has proven to be a powerful and intuitive abandonment of the traditional DOS command line interface (CLI). Users can view the computer's directory structure in a left window, while the contents of the files and subfolders of the selected directory appear in the window on the right. End users can then move, copy, rename, print, delete, and search for files and folders. Users can also set the attributes (permissions) of files and folders, such as read-only, system, hidden or archived, and establish associations between files and applications. Windows File Manager also allowed users to format disks and manage network file sharing.

The formation of filenames has proven to be a major limitation of Windows File Manager, which only supported traditional 8.3 filenames. The extended file names (names longer than 8 characters and support spaces) displayed in File Manager appear simply truncated with a tilde and a number in the last two spaces. For example, a file name like Original_computer.doc would appear in the File Manager, such as Origin ~ 1.doc. Later file managers would support extended file names.

Windows File Manager (the WINFILE.EXE utility) was included in Windows versions earlier than Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0, but is no longer in use. The file management function of Windows 95 / NT 4.0 and later has been replaced by the Windows Explorer interface accessed through the My computer icon.

Windows file manager (winfile)

Last year, Microsoft released the binary files and source code, licensed under MIT, for an enhanced version of the file manager that can run under Windows 10. This release included modifications such as the ability to compile in modern versions of Visual Studio, ability to compile as a 64-bit application and many improvements in terms of usability.

In summary, winfile v10.0 contains the following changes:

  • OLE drag and drop the support.
  • Control characters (for example., Ctrl + C) map to the current shortcut (for example, ctrl + c -> copy) instead of changing readers.
  • Cut (ctrl + X) followed by dough (ctrl + V) results in a file move as one might expect.
  • Left and right arrows In the tree view, expand and collapse the folders as in Explorer.
  • Adding context menus in both windows.
  • Improved means by which icons are displayed for files.
  • F12 works notepad or notepad ++ on the selected file.
  • Moved the ini file location to % AppData% Roaming Microsoft WinFile.
  • File search may include a date that restricts returned files to those after the date provided; the output is also sorted by date rather than by name.
  • File search includes an option stating how to include subdirectories.
  • Ctrl + K starts a command interpreter (ConEmu if installed) in the current directory; Shift + Ctrl + K starts a high command shell (cmd.exe only)
  • File.Goto (ctrl + g) allows you to type a few words in a path and to obtain a list of directories; by selecting one, we change directory Only the c: drive is indexed.
  • IU displays the points of analysis (for example, junction points) as such.
  • Adding a simple forward / backward navigation (probably needs to be improved).
  • View Command has a new option to sort by date forward (oldest at the top); the normal sorting of dates is the most recent at the top.

Microsoft has released the Winfile application in the Microsoft Store free by the end of January 2019. More details on GitHub.

Hoping that this can be useful.

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