We are aware that the title is provocative, as Microsoft has said that Windows 10 will be the last windowed operating system. Therefore, we can make sure that it gets features and tools that Redmond developers never intend to add. Just before the release of Windows 10, Jerry Nixon, one of the key developers at Microsoft, introduced himself to the public, explaining that the tenth is the latest version of said operating system and that Windows 11 will never see the light of day. Instead, Windows 10 will receive twice a year a major revamp and upgrade (and new bugs), which should keep it fresh for a long time, but the long-term goal of the software giant remains the same – to turn Windows into a service.
This approach has the good and the bad features – while users can look forward to something that will not change for many years, it is also a problem – the limitations of the operating system remain and the features that we would expect from it will never be expected. Therefore, we can take our computer destiny into our own hands and build a custom operating system, whether it’s Windows 11 or otherwise. Below, we will share with you tips on using additional programs that will functionally upgrade windows. Tips include areas of file management, system tool upgrades, and desktop enhancements. We’ll show you how to speed up your search, change the contents of pop-up menus, combine multiple programs in a single window, and easily switch between running applications. Almost all of the proposed solutions are available free of charge, and we also mention interesting alternatives – just in case.
Find files faster
Search engines, especially Google, have been amazed by the fact that their advanced algorithms find surprisingly accurate results within a split second – as our minds would. Windows operating systems are not yet at this level, on the contrary, Windows search is slow, unreliable and frustrating at times compared to search engines, especially if it does not find what we are looking for (but we are sure it is somewhere).
Microsoft is aware of the problem, so it has announced that it will be updating its Windows search engine again this year, but who knows if the upgrade will catch up and when it will actually be available. The right solution is available right now, and it sounds under the name Everything (www.voidtools.com), and it also works fast. It took seconds to index our solid-state drive (all the files on it), and the searches were almost instantaneous. We also love the fact that the results are displayed with each letter you type. In addition, the results can be sorted by file type. Advanced search features Advanced Search, which can even search for specific words in word names, exclude selected words, or capitalize letters, and much more. We can also search based on the contents of the files, ie not just the word in the name, but the word in the text documents – well, such a search naturally takes longer, for example. Word documents are not indexed. Anyone who wants absolute control over the search will simply be impressed with Everything, as it can use a rich array of search engine criteria and restrictions – e.g. search for compressed or hidden files, as well as a diverse set of commands and even macros.
Rich set of search engine criteria
As it can use a rich set of search engine criteria and restrictions – e.g. search for compressed or hidden files, as well as a diverse set of commands and even macros. As it can use a rich set of search engine criteria and restrictions – e.g. search for compressed or hidden files, as well as a diverse set of commands and even macros.
In everything, we can specify exactly what we want to look for. Results are quickly available. An interesting alternative to search engines is the Lookeen Free program Unlike everything, it also allows you to index the contents of files, which makes it much faster to find content within text files or spreadsheets, and lags behind everything else described above. Unfortunately, there are several advanced features, e.g. search for the contents of Outlook emails and the like, reserved for the paid version, which is not cheap.
Replacement for Explorer
File Explorer’s built-in tool has changed little over the years. Microsoft has just introduced a version that supports touch screens, and the standard feature set remains “pinned down”. It is no wonder, then, that in this area of alternative solutions, it is quite annoying, but unfortunately, most of them are paid. Many Monitor contributors have been swearing at Total Commander for decades, but we must admit that the alternative in the form of the free Q-Dir tool is also brilliant. When we launch Q-Dir for the first time, we get the feeling that something is wrong with our eyesight as it renders the contents of four windows.
The biggest feature makes it easier and faster
But this is its biggest feature because it makes it easier and faster to move and edit files in different places. For users who cannot get used to this view, there is still the option of switching to two-area display mode. Q-Dir has another huge advantage over Explorer – it supports tabbed usage. If you hold down the Ctrl key while opening an individual folder, the program will open it in a separate tab. Tabs work just like web browsers, allowing you to quickly switch between locations, with each window having its own set of tabs.
Q-Dir is an ideal choice for those who have a lot to do with moving, searching, renaming, shortly working with files. A portable version is also available, one that does not require installation and can be started from a USB stick.