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By: Peter Shute       
Date: Aug 19,2015 at 18:00
In Response to: [Discuss] Ztree makes you look silly (Paul Laufer)

> I usually say that I don't like the idea of double-clicking on
> things and hoping that something good happens. I see people doing it all
> the time. Windows Explorer is for the novice user. When given the
> opportunity, I switch to a more capable solution.

You have to admit though, what they do often works, although I wish double clicking hadn't been invented. I regularly have to help undo the results of a double click that accidentally turned into a drag and drop - "Something's gone. I don't know what it was, and I don't know where it went". I'd prefer if they had to select and press Enter.

Explorer has its place. I use Explorer when I need to restore something from our Shadow Copy, which isn't visible to Ztree, as far as I know. Same for copying files to and from devices that don't have drive letters. I think the drag and drop method of moving directories is more intuitive than Ztree's Alt+Graft. Not as precise, but easier to understand and often faster.

I'm not yet very familiar with what Explorer can do in Windowx after XP. I understand one can copy and paste search results, and possibly file paths/names? If so then that's a bit of a chunk of the work I do in Ztree.

> If I'm teaching a novice how to manage something on their computer, I
> use a novice tool so that they can remain familiar with the process.

It's also important that they learn to use a tool they've got access to, so it's a choice of Explorer or command line.

> For myself, I use Ztree whenever drive mappings are available to me.
> When drive mappings are not available, I cry in the silence of my heart
> and long for \\Ztree\net. :)

Yep.

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