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Files, a popular third-party file manager, receives a major update with new features

Taras Buria


July 5, 2022 3:16 p.m. EDT

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Files, winner of the 2022 Microsoft Store App Awards competition, has received a major update to version 2.3. In addition to introducing notable new features and design improvements, version 2.3 brings “a series of future changes to keep contributors momentum going through 2023”.

Here’s what’s new in Files 2.3:

New features:

  • Compact size allows users to view more items on the screen.
    Improvements and new features in Files 23 update
  • The tab control has been redesigned to connect with tab content.Improvements and new features in Files 23 update

  • We added an option to show Key words on the sidebar.Improvements and new features in Files 23 update

  • Added support for applying bulk actions in the conflicts dialog.Improvements and new features in Files 23 update

Other changes:

  • Improved reliability and speed of drag and drop.
  • Added pull to refresh gesture.
  • Removed minimize and maximize buttons from properties window.
  • Added animation when clicking the settings and search buttons.
  • Added option to always show icons instead of thumbnails.
  • Improved spacing in path bar.
  • Added a chevron to the path bar to better indicate that there is a drop-down menu.
  • Reduced spacing between widgets on the homepage.
  • Double-clicking the grid divider will now reset the panes in the bi-pane layout to the default width.
  • More file types are now displayed in the “new” context menu item.
  • Double-clicking in an empty space will now move up one directory in the file tree.
  • Adding a tag to a file no longer changes the date modified property.
  • Added shortcut to open folders in default terminal ctrl + shift + ‘.
  • Added shortcut to play and pause media in preview pane ctrl+space.
  • Reduced height of items in sidebar to allow more items to be displayed at once
  • Invalid bookmarks and network shares are no longer removed from the sidebar.
  • Added a context menu to hide sections when right clicking on the sidebar.
  • Added support for renaming items in the conflicts dialog.
  • Network shares will automatically refresh when their content changes.
  • Automatic selection of the first item in the user list for permissions.
  • Automatically select the primary button in the Empty Trash dialog box.
  • Deleting an item will automatically move focus to the next item in the list.
  • Resizing the window no longer changes the width of columns in the detail layout.
  • Added examples to date format parameter.
  • Improved behavior when trying to name an element with invalid characters.
  • Added a notification when copying or moving an item fails.
  • Added archive name to archive extraction dialog.
  • Added support for adding tags to items on the search results page.
  • Shows which process is locking a file.

As mentioned at the beginning, version 2.3 introduces many unseen changes that will help developers modernize the app and provide platform-specific benefits. Additionally, they will allow for an accelerated transition to the Windows App SDK, which, in turn, will remove some of the long-standing limitations and allow for further performance and reliability improvements.

You can download the Files app from the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and 11. Developers can also check out the project repository on GitHub.

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