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305 +324/-19 votes

Explorer guessing the type of content in a folder

Submitted by Turbo on June 4, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug, Usability

The explorer has several templates that set how and what to show about the files. These can be found and manually set in Folder Properties->Customize (which is arguably too clumsy and un-discoverable).

When you open a folder for the (more...)

Stop trying to guess. *All* folders should default to the "All items" template, using the detail view with some relevant columns. Or the tiles view, pick *one*. Only use other templates if the user chooses them, or for pre-configured folders (more...)

High

Medium

Not fixed

(23 comments)

294 +305/-11 votes

Forgotten explorer window properties

Submitted by Cheesus on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

It really annoys me that explorer properties are not remembered, both size/location and attributes (like if it's a Picture window and therefore should have the Slideshow option).

I can't say it for certain but it seems like if I have no explorer windows open and launch update (to install weekly Defender updates) that seems to reset the size. If I have an explorer window already open, it seems to negate the effects.

(more...)

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(17 comments)

265 +275/-10 votes

Customize/Folder view: Apply to all - how to make it working?

Submitted by damiankrol on June 5, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Bug, Usability

That's one of the most annoying thing in (probably all versions of) Windows - how on Earth could I set ONE template (e.g. sort by, list view) to ALL folders? None of existing options work - even if you set it manually, it changes spontaneously in (more...)

Please try to provide one dialog for every folders which will allow user to set the behavior of how folders are/should be displayed. And forget it then. Thanks.

High

High

Not fixed

(12 comments)

260 +276/-16 votes

Detailed informations about USB-devices

Submitted by Niclas on June 10, 2008 to Annoyance, Usability

"USB-Controller" in the device manager does not give satisfyingly informations about connected USB-devices.

Make more clearly which USB-device is connected by displaying it's name (either brand or user given), it's cnnection type (USB1/USB2/USB3) etc. .

Medium

High

Not fixed

(4 comments)

256 +312/-56 votes

IE Download animation

Submitted by Zerlot on June 5, 2008 to Annoyance, Icons

the IE download animation is pretty old "globe, paper and folder". The icon is jaggy and not clear either.

time to update the animation to something fresh.

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(21 comments)

246 +300/-54 votes

Username/Password dialog

Submitted by Good_Bytes on June 4, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy

Dialog is using a Windows XP style

Update the dialog

Low

Low

Not fixed

(8 comments)

242 +282/-40 votes

Registry Editor Icon Outdated

Submitted by Tuanese on June 4, 2008 to Annoyance, Bug, Icons, Legacy

Registry Editor and Windows Help Program icon outdated, it wasn't updated since Windows 9x (95/98/...).
Still existed in Windows 7.

Update new icons.

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(5 comments)

237 +245/-8 votes

"Look & Feel" of Control Panel items is all over the place

Submitted by JeremyG on June 8, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

For some reason, someone decided that it was "OK" to allow every Control Panel item have an entirely different User Interface.

- Some are standard Dialogs.
- Some are "explorer" windows with a left-side "task (more...)

Change Control Panel configurations to use a common UI.

Suggestions:
- Simple tree-view like MMC
- Office 2007 style ie "Word Options" (just add icons)
- Even an Outlook style interface could work

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(15 comments)

236 +273/-37 votes

Volume Mixer gone mad

Submitted by GRiNSER on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

The background of the volume mixer sometimes is black.
MS knows of that problem but didn't fix it until now.
Such UI glitches must be avoided, that's embarassing!

Medium

Medium

Not fixed

(22 comments)

235 +257/-22 votes

Advanced File Attributes

Submitted by brian.shapiro on June 3, 2008 to Icons, Legacy

Advanced Attributes in the Properties dialog for files still has a Windows 98-era icon.

The best way to deal with this is by revamping the entire UI by which file properties are displayed–hopefully learning from media management programs; but otherwise, the icon just needs to be updated.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(1 comments)

223 +251/-28 votes

Recycle Bin and Delete file dialogs need updating

Submitted by Michael Mc on June 4, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Icons

The Recycle Bin dialogs don't match other Vista dialogs. Vista dialogs have a white background, with a title message in blue and a grey bar at the bottom along with the buttons.

Update them. The bottom one is how (I think) it should look.

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(24 comments)

218 +257/-39 votes

Internet Explorer page properties icon

Submitted by mdsharpe on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Bug, Icons, Legacy

Icon in ‘Properties’ dialog of web page in Internet Explorer (File Menu -> Properties) is prehistoric.

Get a new icon in there.

Low

Low

Not fixed

(7 comments)

213 +234/-21 votes

Legacy control panel applets

Submitted by Turbo on June 3, 2008 to Aesthetics, Legacy, Usability

Many of the control panels options are XP-style applets (called "property sheets", ie: Windows Firewall Settings, Sound Settings), living side-by-side with the new integrated pages, which provide a familiar navigation pattern and help guide (more...)

Redesign the legacy property sheets in the control panel as task flow pages.

Low

Medium

Not fixed

(6 comments)

211 +225/-14 votes

Menu Bars

Submitted by Turbo on June 4, 2008 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

Every single application, framework, etc has it's own way of drawing menu bars. Some have animations (ie: File Explorer), some don't (Internet Explorer). Some do mouse tracking painting the background blue (both Explorers), most apply a bevel (more...)

Set a single design in stone, and use it everywhere.

Yeah, it's a huge task. You buried yourself there.

Medium

Low

Not fixed

(8 comments)

206 +233/-27 votes

quick launch in taskbar issue

Submitted by Zerlot on June 3, 2008 to Annoyance, Icons, Usability

when customizing quick launch it doesn't appear correctly when locking it "see pics unlock/lock". Also empty space appear between the icon and the arrow. Quick launch UI menu should be updated.

need a quick fix and updated Quick Launch UI menu look at pics

Medium

Low

Rejected

(21 comments)

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