aNewDomain.net — Even some of the more mundane tasks in Windows have been upgraded in Windows 8. File copy is one of those everyday tasks that have been improved significantly.
File Transfer made easier
You know the routine, you highlight a group of folders to copy to another area like a backup drive, and then you sit back while the task completes. But wait! Windows 8 actually gives you additional information that makes the process more useful and informative. The Windows 8 file copy looks pretty typical until you choose to open the More details item at the bottom of the screen.
Doing that opens a new screen that looks totally different.
As you can see, you are presented with a visual interface that shows you the exact status of the copying process.
The new transfer dialog box
This new dialog box shows the name of the current file that is being copied, the to-and-from locations, the percentage of completeness, the amount of time, and the number of items remaining to be moved.
It also shows the exact speed of the transfer and presents that in an interesting visual graph. In my testing, the time remaining is more accurate than previous versions of Windows, but still far from perfect. However, even more importantly, the actual file transfer in Windows 8 is quite a bit speedier.
Windows 8 also adds a convenient pause button to the file transfer screen. This is akin to a Stop button on a printer. You may not use it often, but when you need it, you will be very happy to have it.
The same dialog box shows up when you delete multiple items. The information screen and pause button are even more valuable here since you can look at the screen and tell at a glance whether or not you are deleting the right items. It is also a nice touch that the deletion screen is a different color than the transfer screen.
You can easily transfer files in Windows 8 and think that the process is similar to the transfer in previous versions of Windows. But if you take the time to dig a little deeper by simply clicking on that More button, you will have many more options at your fingertips.
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