Reviewers of Vista always focus on the same thing, the graphical changes of the user interface that aero provides, the new security features (including the UAP that, quite frankly isn't that annoying) or maybe some of the other big changes made to Windows. But have you noticed the details, there are a lot of them spread around the OS and it will make your work a lot smoother without you ever even noticing them.Here are just a few of them found in the file handling:
In XP, if you copy a file, say foobar.txt
to the same directory you will get a file named Copy of foobar.txt
. Normally not a big problem but when you have a long list of files it ends up somewhere along the files on C
or in the bottom of the list. In Vista you will get a file named foobar - Copy.txt
. And it drops down just beside the old fobar.txt
in a sorted list. In fact all filename prefixes are now more or less suffixes. It goes for the shortcuts as well resulting in fobar.txt - Shortcut
.Reading some of the error messages, it's evident that they try to show you a way of solving the problem, not just reporting it. Try to rename the foobar - Copy.txt
(there should already be one there). Now it politely asks if it's ok to rename to foobar (2).txt
and explains that there are already a file named fobar.txt
.When you copy catalogs or a bunch of files and there are a conflict with one of the files you cancel the copy in XP, and end up with half copied content with not much way of knowing what has been copied or not (besides comparing 354 files). This is much smarter in Vista as you can ignore the problem but continue with the other files. Conflicts can be handled one by one or in one go with the option to do that for the rest of the x conflicts.Have you ever dragged and dropped files from one folder to another and ended up starting an app? Or dropping it in a subfolder? Now it's easier to find a spot between listed files with the drop cursor. Speaking of the file list, you can select a file all the way out to the last column, were talking Fitt’s here.
By the way, Fitt's has been improved on the desktop icons as well - Instead of just a small invisible frame outside the icon, as in XP, you get a big square to land on, not just the visible icon. And for visibility, hovering over it will display the square for you, enhancing the visibility.There are lots of these small improvements that aren't noticed, and shouldn't be noticed, the less you notice them the better the implementation. What you notice is that you don't miss when you click on icons on the desktop any more. You don't end up searching for that Copy of
... file anymore.