Every folder also has “File and Folder Tasks”, offering options to create new folders, share a folder on the local network, publish files or folders to a web site using the Web Publishing Wizard, and other common tasks like copying, renaming, moving, and deleting files or folders.
File types that have identified themselves as being printable also have an option listed to print the file.
There are significant changes made to Windows Explorer in Windows XP, both visually and functionally.
Microsoft focused especially on making Windows Explorer more discoverable and task-based, as well as adding a number of features to reflect the growing use of a computer as a “digital hub”.
Frequently used programs are automatically displayed in the left column, newly installed programs are highlighted, and the user may opt to "pin" programs to the start menu so that they are always accessible without having to navigate through the Programs folders.
The default internet browser and default email program are pinned to the Start menu.
If the file type has a Thumbnail image handler installed, its preview also appears in the "Details" task pane.The user's name and user's account picture are also shown on the Start menu.The taskbar buttons for running applications and Quick Launch have also been updated for Fitt's law.The GDI dynamic library can be shipped with an application and used under older versions of Windows.The total number of GDI handles per session is also raised in Windows XP from 16384 to 65536 (configurable through the registry).