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3. Windows Explorer > 3.1. Hacks 21-31

Hacks 21-31

You use Windows Explorer every day, probably many times a day, without giving it much thought. You open it, view some files, delete others, drag a few around to different folders, and then you’re back on your way.

But Explorer can make your life easier in many ways. For example, you can use it to hide files by encrypting them, give yourself more hard-disk space by compressing files, and easily find the files you want by using the indexing service and its query language. And there are ways to hack Explorer to make it much easier to use—for example, by customizing its right-click context menu. In this chapter, I’ll show you how to do all that, and more.


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