Windows Vista GUI enhancement suggestions
1) At WinXP one would double click the time at the taskbar tray to see a dialog with calendar (to change the date, but people used that to see the calendar too). At Vista it’s single-click there to show a calendar pane, but if you double-click it shows and goes away instantly. So this can confuse users that transition from XP. Better consume the double-clicks too and act on them as if they were single-clicks. User will still be able to click again to close, they just won’t be able to open/close it very fast (it will be considered as double-click and treated as single click), which no user would want/need to do anyway
2) When removing a folder in Windows Explorer, one sees a dialog with some info about the folder and asked if they want to send the folder to recycle bin (or to delete it if SHIFT key is pressed). Both those dialogs though don’t show info on how many files the folder contains (shouldn’t count system files like desktop.ini or thumbs.db etc.) and their total size. When I clean-up/sort my files I tend to move files around from subfolders to other places and then delete the empty subfolder. I always fear I’ll delete some not empty folder by accident. If that dialog was telling me the folder was empty I’d feel more safe to press OK and confirm its removal (or its permanent deletion respectively)
3) When moving the mouse over a file in Windows Explorer I’d expect to see (maybe before the hint/tooltip appears or at the same time shown aside it) accelerators (like in IE8 – Or like Office’s SmartTags) with icons/text for actions like Open/Edit/Print/Copy/Cut). Like a context sensitive floating toolbar with just icons (or like small floating menu with icons and text as in IE8 accelerators). Should show only those actions that are available for that file type. Maybe should also be extensible to more actions but with full and EASY control to the user (similar should be for popup menus for file-types) to avoid bloat with actions added by various badly-authored applications that add lots of actions to context menus and don’t give user a way to disable/hide those
4) At Start/Run (and at Search) editbox of Start menu (tried at Vista), if you enter a command like http://www.mech.upatras.gr/~Robgroup/ you’ll see that it goes to a page-not-found webpage, since that web server is on UNIX and they use case-sensitivity at the user pages URLs (since UNIX filesystem is case-sensitive). The correct should be “robgroup”, not “Robgroup”. So after I enter this mistyped URL, I give a new correct one at Start/Run (or at Search prompt of State menu), e.g. http://www.mech.upatras.gr/~robgroup/. However, from then on, every time I go to that dialog and start typing I get an autocomplete entry with the wrong URL (the one with capital R). That’s obviously because that history box there is case-insensitive.
- I’d rather it was case-sensitive in its memory store (to remember my subsequent entry with small “r” and not throw it away as it does now making me type/correct the URL every time and confusing me with the old “R” autocomplete) and still have autocomplete try to match the closest entry first case-sensitively and then case-insensitively (to not lose its existing functionality)
- I want to be able to press DEL key on an autocomplete suggestion (when more than one are available) and remove it from the list. I remember that functionality used to exist originally at those autocomplete dropdowns, but seems to have been removed later on with newer Windows versions which is bad for usability. In fact should also have context menu on that list for mouse users [disabled etc. users included] with option to delete an autocomplete entry or all entries at the history dropdown)
- All windows dialogs with command history dropdowns should behave according to these two notes