Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Keep favorite folders at your fingertips with FileBox eXtender

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FileBox eXtender is one of those softwares that makes you say Wow!

FileBox enhances Windows by adding several advanced functions to the standard Open File and Save File dialog boxes. FileBox adds two handy buttons to these standard dialogs. These appear on the right side of the Windows dialog box title bars. These buttons appear next to the minimize, restore, and maximize buttons. FileBox eXtender has a nifty option to display these buttons on Windows Explorer folders too, and this can greatly speed up navigation through today's huge hard disks.

FileBox can also forcibly resize the standard Windows file management dialog boxes so they're bigger, and thus easier to use if you've got lots of files in a folder through which you need to look.

The button with a little heart on it displays a "Favorites" menu. You can add your favorite folders, files, document names, or other text items on it. You can use this to make Windows work as you want it to work.




Then there is a little clock button  on it that opens the "Recent Folders" menu. It opens a list of the folders that you most recently accessed through the Open File or Save File dialog boxes. These folders are at the top, sorted by access time with the most recent at the top, least recent going downward on the list.

FileBox eXtender also adds a "push-pin" button to your active windows. This function prevents any window you "pin" to the desktop from being covered by any other windows. This is great when you want to keep an eye on one program, but use another. For example, refer to a document window in Word while typing an E-mail in another program. Ooh! I love this.



Another FileBox enhancement is the "roll-up" button added to the active windows. When you click it, the window is "rolled up" leaving only its title bar visible, and uncovering what was underneath it. Click that button again, and the window rolls back down. The Always on Top and Rollup commands can be also displayed on the system menu of any window.



FileBox eXtender is free and works under Windows Vista too. I'm really impressed by this software.

Download FileBox eXtender

1 comment:

  1. Why don't you just use Favorites panel, Ctrl+I in any WE window and you will see it. Go to Favorites folder and put your shortcuts there and that's it. You can put there whatever you want, folders, apps, links ... I hope you don't use IE, if you do then this tip is useless for you.

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