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Windows 7: The preview pane in Windows Explorer for Windows 7 is much better than the version in Vista (with built-in support for more file types), and it has a handy keyboard shortcut: ALT+P.
If you find that you need to refer to your drives by letter more often than nickname, flipping through the Windows Explorer sidebar can be just a little annoying. Here’s how to show those letters first in your list of connected drives.
The Explorer process runs a lot of important things in Windows, and when it crashes, it can really slow you down. It turns out, however, that you can sandbox Explorer windows so if one crashes, it doesn’t drag your whole system down.
Windows tip: If you need to quickly switch views in a folder, you can easily click through the different view options in the Explorer toolbar. Or, as reader creeront points out, you can simply hold the Ctrl key and spin your mouse wheel.