Windows Explorer

There has been much ridicule across the web today directed at a preview of Windows Explorer in Windows 8.

Most Used Explorer Commands

The blog entry over at MSDN that discusses the new design shows a list of top 10 commands used in Windows Explorer today:

  1. Paste
  2. Properties
  3. Copy
  4. Delete
  5. Rename
  6. Refresh
  7. Cut
  8. NewMenu
  9. CommandBar
  10. New

Refresh – An Opportunity

The thing that stood out to me was that Refresh was the sixth most used command in Windows Explorer. In OS X, there is no Refresh command (and no need since changes are reflected instantly in Finder windows). Perhaps this would be an opportunity for Microsoft to take Explorer in the same direction. They could entirely remove the need for 7% of all actions done in Explorer.

I took a look at the provided screenshot of the Home tab of the toolbar:

Explorer home ribbon

At first glance, I didn’t see a Refresh button anywhere…

Refresh – An Opportunity Missed

Unfortunately, upon further review, I spied the refresh button next between the address and search boxes. Maybe when the next-generation Windows Filesystem is introduced in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, well, sometime, they’ll be able to get rid of the Refresh button.