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Show #2018-53 Broadcast March 14

I feel like a little kid on Chrismas Eve, knowing that Santa’s on his way with a sleigh full of toys, and the reason for this is that there is a new feature coming to Windows. I can’t think of the last time anything new came to windows in terms of making the operating system more functional. Not only is this a new feature, but it’s widely acknowledged that it is more advanced than what Apple is offering. Wow, a twin spin, a software doubleheader.

Microsoft’s Windows will soon allow you to “snap” windows to the sides of your PC’s screen. Currently, Windows’ File Explorer lets you copy, paste, rename and move files. When it’s time to copy files, dragging and dropping them from one Explorer window to another is the norm. But “snapped” gives you a tabbed interface that can neatly accommodate several file system locations in one window, potentially simplifying drag-and-drop operations. That’s what you’ve been able to do since 2016 when Apple added tabs to its Finder file manager for MacOS.

You will see the “Snapped” when Microsoft releases “Redstone 5” version of Windows this fall. A new test build was released last week and makes the tabbed File Explorer a part of the Windows’ “Sets” redesign that should let you group related tasks from different programs into multi-tab bundles.

I have to confess that in my youth I programmed computers, and every once in a while have a complete mental breakdown and unexplainedly speak in computerese.

Microsoft says that the upcoming version supports File Explorer, Notepad, Command Prompt and PowerShell, but by far, the most requested feature was for a tabbed File Explorer experience.”

Although this isn’t in a mainstream version of Windows yet, it is available for those checking out Windows 10 Insider Preview Build in Microsoft’s “Skip Ahead” program, for those who want to try Windows versions that are due in the future.

Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard

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Show #2018-53 Broadcast March 14