An In-Depth Look at Vista, Part 1
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The idea behind virtual folders is that users should never need to be aware of the actual locations of files; virtual folders serve as a one-stop location for users to find files of interest.

Besides using the various built-in virtual folders in Windows Vista Beta 1, you can also create your own virtual folders. As an example, suppose you want to consolidate all files with the .txt extension (scattered in all different folders) in one virtual folder. To do so, first use the search facility to search for all files with the .txt extension. Then click on the Organize button and select Save Search (see Figure 11).

Figure 11
Figure 11. Saving a search

In the Save As dialog, name the file All Text Files (see Figure 12). Notice that the file is saved in Virtual Folders, indicating that you are creating a virtual folder.

Figure 12
Figure 12. Creating a virtual folder

If you now go to Virtual Folders (see Figure 13), you will see the All Text Files virtual folder. From now on, any .txt files you create will appear in this virtual folder, regardless of where they are stored. Windows Vista adds them automatically.

Figure 13
Figure 13. Viewing the newly created virtual folder

Internet Explorer 7

Windows Vista Beta 1 ships with the long-awaited IE 7 Beta 1. IE 7 supports tabbed browsing (see Figure 14).

Figure 14
Figure 14. Tabbed browsing in IE 7

There is also a built-in search text box that lets you choose your favorite search engine (see Figure 15).

Figure 15
Figure 15. Web searching in IE 7

I will talk more about IE 7 in a future article.

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