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Cool Windows 8 Features

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  • JoshRoss

    I have to admit, that I only use a small fraction of the features packed into Windows 8. But, I really like the reduced memory footprint.

  • cbae

    I like the improvements in Explorer:

    • The up arrow button (i.e. up directory--missing since Vista)
    • "Open command prompt" and "Open command prompt as administrator" menu options in the ribbon
    • Show/hide file name extensions and show/hide hidden items (I usually set these once after installing Windows, but it's nice to have easy access to these settings in the ribbon rather than going to the Folder Options dialog.)
  • JuanZamudio

    • Search
    • Copy/Pasting Files using the RDP Client (Desktop) without sharing a drive.

  • contextfree`

    , cbae wrote

    I like the improvements in Explorer:

    • The up arrow button (i.e. up directory--missing since Vista)
    • "Open command prompt" and "Open command prompt as administrator" menu options in the ribbon
    • Show/hide file name extensions and show/hide hidden items (I usually set these once after installing Windows, but it's nice to have easy access to these settings in the ribbon rather than going to the Folder Options dialog.)

    Don't forget the quick access toolbar (now if only the hit target would extend to the top of the screen with the window maximized) and drag and drop from the breadcrumb bar! The ribbon itself is nice enough, but I really wish there were an extension API (that was actually adopted by developers of popular utilities, which is probably the harder part), so TortoiseSVN for example could add a source control tab and extensions in general could have a little more room to put their stuff somewhere besides vomiting it into the bloated context menu.  (yes they will vomit it into the ribbon - and ideally there would be also a nice UI for keeping extensions in line, like IE now has - but the ribbon inherently allows for more stuff to be crammed it before becoming unusable)

    Anyway, my own favorite feature is being able to use Shazam on my laptop to identify some interesting music I hear at a coffeeshop. It's an example of the sort of app that was never available on desktop Windows before, but thanks to the much-debated decision to have the same unitary "modern" app ecosystem on all PC form factors including tablets, I can use it on any PC without having to carry a separate tablet around (yes in theory I could use it on my phone, but due to some deficiency of mine my phone is never ever charged when I want to use it; at any rate it's more of a hassle to pull it out and fiddle with it).

  • Sven Groot

    , contextfree` wrote

    *snip*

    Don't forget the quick access toolbar (now if only the hit target would extend to the top of the screen with the window maximized) and drag and drop from the breadcrumb bar! The ribbon itself is nice enough, but I really wish there were an extension API (that was actually adopted by developers of popular utilities, which is probably the harder part), so TortoiseSVN for example could add a source control tab and extensions in general could have a little more room to put their stuff somewhere besides vomiting it into the bloated context menu.  (yes they will vomit it into the ribbon - and ideally there would be also a nice UI for keeping extensions in line, like IE now has - but the ribbon inherently allows for more stuff to be crammed it before becoming unusable)

    That would be nice, on one condition: that it only shows up in folders that are working copies. That TortoiseSVN puts a "Check out" context menu option everywhere is reasonable (it needs to be accessible somehow), but a TortoiseSVN tab in every folder would be unnecessary.

  • Ian2

    I like the feedback you get when you copy a large file or a large group of files (plus the improvements in copying speed)

  • GoddersUK

    @Ian2: Yeah, much better than an arbitrary animation. I've actually had people who use older versions of Windows comment something along the lines of "wow, how do you make it do that?" when they've seen it.

  • Jim Young

    , JuanZamudio wrote

    • Copy/Pasting Files using the RDP Client (Desktop) without sharing a drive.

    This is a feature of Windows 7 also.

  • kettch

    • WinKey + type stuff
    • WinKey + F + type stuff
    • WinKey + Q + type stuff
    • WinKey + W + type stuff

    Way better then dealing with search results crammed into the Start Menu.

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  • JuanZamudio

    @Jim Young:Yep, my bad.

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