Windows 2000 - Data management views

First things first. The View menu holds the key to easy file management. From here you can select different views that will show either more or less information pertaining to the files in the right-hand windowpane. The more information you have at your disposal in this pane, the easier it will be for you to identify the files you are after. To get more information go to the View menu and select Details from the list.

As the name suggests you will now have details such as file size, file type and the date it was last modified. These are the fields that Windows 2000 shows you by default. But they're not the only ones available.

HIDDEN HEADINGS By right clicking on any one of the field headings even more details can be accessed. Information such as attributes can also be viewed simply by checking the individual options. Likewise, you can get rid of details you don't want to see by removing the tick. When you click on More you will find a buffet that serves up more tasty detail treats such as the author and owner of the file, among others.

For multimedia files, length, format, size and frequency can also be shown.

ORDER IN THE HOUSE You can easily sort by any of these fields in ascending or descending order by clicking on the item's heading. If you don't like the positioning of any fields you can simply drag and drop the offending column to the desired position across the screen.

THUMBNAILS This is a great feature that will display all of your files in a generously sized thumbnail view. Its main purpose is for viewing image files and it is a boon for digital camera users who have to sift through ambiguously numbered pictures looking for that one great action shot. Web designers may also find it of benefit, as it will also display the contents of any HTML pages.

SAVE LAYOUT SETTINGS If you're happy with the way a particular folder looks and wish that all folders in your system could share its good looks, simply go to the Tools menu and click on Folder Options. Make your way over to the View tab and exercise a mouse click on Like current folder. Now all your folders will look like your ideal.

CENTRAL DATA LOCATION Make sure that you create a dedicated folder that stores all of your data files. There is nothing worse than having data files spread across multiple locations. Generally, all files should be kept in the purpose-built My Documents folder. Not only will this make it easy for you to locate your files quickly, but it will also make back-up routines less of a chore. For even more ease and safety, dedicate a whole partition to the task of storing your data. This way if you ever have to re-install the operating system for whatever reason, your data will remain unaffected.

It's also easier to share data among different operating systems with this method (assuming you are using compatible file systems).

Service Pack 1

Seven months after its release to the world, Windows 2000 finally has a service pack that plugs up a few leaking holes. Released in early August, the pack contains a collection of fixes that improve security and compatibility with software, among other things, although these fixes will most probably not be noticeable to the average user. To install the pack you can download the version for your operating system (Server or Professional) from Microsoft's Web site - or you can do it the easy way and just get the full 80MB+ version from our cover CD. To install, simply launch the file and accept the license agreement. You can then choose to back up your existing files, which is always a good idea. Service Pack 1 can be uninstalled from the Add/Remove utility in Control Panel if you're not happy with it.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Elias Plastiras
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?