Of course, if you aren’t a fan of the ribbon, you can easily hide it by hitting the little arrow in Explorer’s upper right-hand corner. You’ll still have access to those tabs if you want them, but it won’t stay visible all the time. This is especially nice if you’re, say, on a netbook and Explorer’s taking up a bit too much space.
The Quick Access Toolbar
The quick access toolbar is a small set of buttons in the title bar of Windows Explorer, containing a few of the functions inside the ribbon. There, you can put some of your most-used functions for super-quick access. You can customise the toolbar with the small arrow button at the end of it, which will let you put any combination of the Undo, Redo, Delete, New Folder, Properties and Rename buttons on the top left of the toolbar. If you know the keyboard shortcuts for these actions, you probably won’t use the quick access toolbar, but it’s nice to have there if you aren’t a keyboard junkie.
The New Copy Dialog
The biggest change you’ll notice is the dialog itself. If you hit the “Details” button, you now see a speed meter that lets you keep track of how fast your files are copying over time. If you have multiple copy operations running at the same time, you can view them all from one consolidated window, and even pause each of them one-by-one if you want to give certain operations priority.
If you were on the fence about Windows 8 because of its focus on tablets and the Metro UI, fret not — the Windows desktop isn’t being ignored, and some of the new Windows Explorer features are reason enough to check out Windows’ latest release. Have you tried out the new Explorer? Let us know your thoughts, concerns and comments below.