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Comments by user "Indrek"

Registered since: February 5, 2009

The side pane should disappear in small windows

Wrote on January 14, 2010, 7:24pm

If the customer wants to mess up the window that bad, I say let them. I can't see a normal person doing that during their everyday activities anyway. By accident, sure, but then they can simply drag it back and not do it again.

But that's just my opinion.

adjustable wallpaper cropping

Wrote on January 14, 2010, 7:22pm

Next thing you know you'll be asking for options to set brightness, contrast, saturation or turn the image into greyscale.

I could also say that I wish I didn't have to open my document in Word to edit it, but that'd be plain silly because that's what Word is for - editing documents. Likewise, that's what image editors are for - cropping, rotating, resizing, etc.


Shift + Right-click doesn't work in Libraries

Wrote on January 13, 2010, 8:01pm

You mean Shift + right-click on a folder within a library (like, Libraries\Pictures\foobar)? Because that works fine for me, and the "Open command prompt here..." entry shows up as well.

Comment edited on January 13, 2010, 9:03pm

Games Folder's Details Pane resizes oddly.

Wrote on January 13, 2010, 12:44am

I've seen this as well, mostly with Games Explorer. Very annoying when it happens.

Bring back the sidebar in Windows 7 as an option!

Wrote on January 12, 2010, 9:23pm

Duplicate, so demoted (although I agree with the basic idea whole-heartedly).

Windows orb in system properties should be replaced

Wrote on January 12, 2010, 8:50pm

I've nothing but good experiences with Vista, so I don't mind the association, but I do realise I'm probably in the minority with that :P

Anyway, box art is a nice idea, but not everyone bought Windows in a box, so it might be irrelevant to many people. The third mockup by patternjake seems best to me, as the logo is indeed pretty slick.

Drive properties in same window

Wrote on January 12, 2010, 8:37pm

patternjake: I know. But the purpose of the two is the same - to provide advanced options and settings via an auxilliary window. Doesn't really matter what you call it.

Drive properties in same window

Wrote on January 12, 2010, 8:05pm

"If it was implemented this way, I am sure that it could be made as an applet, or even a tool window which could be accessed from any window."

But that's how it's done now - a small properties window that can be accessed from any window.

I'm not entirely convinced about this. Currently there are two main places where you can manage your drives - the Computer shell folder (which gives some basic information, both in the content pane and the status bar, as well as allows access to basic tasks like renaming the drive, managing Bitlocker, etc) and the drive properties dialog which gives you everything else, including advanced tools, security permissions, hardware information, etc.

This submission, as I understand it, would add a third place - the dropdown window inside Explorer. And from what I can see in the mockup, it doesn't really add much that you can't do straight from Explorer already. I know we shouldn't vote based on mockups, but that's why I haven't voted at all yet - I'm unsure if the new window you're proposing is meant to replace the properties dialog for all but the most advanced tasks (in which case I'd personally add sharing info, links to defragmenter and checkdisk, maybe also quota management), augment the info displayed by Explorer, or something else.

Also, I'm a bit confused by the dropdown that currently says "Show icon and notifications". Do you mean the low disk space notifications? Sorry if I'm missing the point of it completely or something.

Generally though, I agree that the disk properties dialog needs to be replaced with something more accessible.

Redundant discontinuous selection box

Wrote on January 11, 2010, 7:14pm

Agreed, it's looks outdated and unattractive.

GAMEUX MUI issues whith explorer shellext elements

Wrote on January 11, 2010, 3:01pm

Well spotted.

Drive properties in same window

Wrote on January 11, 2010, 2:57pm

But what if the drive's properties are accessed from outside Explorer (like the Device Manager or Disk Management console)?

Aero Peek on window close button

Wrote on January 10, 2010, 9:30pm

anakin_skyrunner wrote:

"Although I think that argument doesn't count Indrek, because you couldn't introduce anything new in a OS or anything else because customers will always be surprised when they find something new."

Customers *will* always be surprised when they find something new. Microsoft's job is to make sure they're pleasantly surprised.
Also, there's a difference between adding completely new UI elements and changing the behaviour of existing elements, because customers have expectations about the existing elements. Unlike Aero Peek and Aero Snap, the close button is almost 15 years old in Windows, and any changes to it should be made with the utmost care.

Note that I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just playing devil's advocate.

Comment edited on January 10, 2010, 10:31pm

Allow non-Microsoft Programs to use certain features

Wrote on January 10, 2010, 8:03pm

"The other two was a thank you ;)"

Well, yes, in a way it was a thank you, but mostly it was meant to say that I (or we, as I think I can also speak for Calum on this one) accept your apology and feel that it's an important step forward for you. Provided, of course, that the apology was sincere and heartfelt. Like I said earlier, we're all rooting for you, and if there's any way we can be of assistance to you in this, you need but ask.

Allow non-Microsoft Programs to use certain features

Wrote on January 10, 2010, 7:49pm

Chris: we did. See the two comments immediately after your previous one.

Calum: yeah, tell me about it. Such insightful and rewarding conversations they were. At least we can still reminisce about them as well as look forward to having new ones.

Comment edited on January 10, 2010, 8:50pm

Allow non-Microsoft Programs to use certain features

Wrote on January 10, 2010, 7:43pm

Chris wrote:

Apology accepted.

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