Finally --- Microsoft Will Kill My Folders

by Preston Gralla

At long last, Microsoft has announced it will finally get rid of those annoying "My" names it tacks in front of folders. When Longhorn hits, there will be no folders named My Documents, My Pictures and so on. Instead, they'll just be labeled Documents, Pictures, etc.

Finally! I've found those "My" folders nearly as annoying as the animated Search dog that crawls out from its kennel when you do an XP search, or the moronic "Clippy" paper clip that pops up when you ask for help in Office. In fact, there's only one virtual being more annoying than Clippy --- the universally reviled Jar Jar Binks. And George Lucas has managed to essentially make him vanish in the latest Star Wars pic.

Let's hope that Microsoft uses Longhorn to clear up other interface problems and annoyances as well. How about finally making some sense of the Frequently Used Programs List --- the changing list of programs that appears on the left side of the Start menu. There appears to be no rhyme or reason why some programs show up there, and others don't. Programs I use every day somehow don't make it there. Others I use rarely seem never to leave the list.

How about you? What kinds of interface problems and annoyances would you like to see Microsoft clean up in Longhorn? Let me know, below.

What kinds of interface annoyances should Microsoft tackle in Longhorn?


2005-06-01 17:18:32
Yay! But wait...

That's great news. I already do this. I have "Music," "Pictures," and "Videos." But some applications do not have a "standard" place for these types of things, so I also have "My Games" (from Age of Mythology, although I heard there was going to be an official "My Games" folder in Longhorn). I have a "My eBooks" that pops up from time to time, which can be removed by removing some Adobe Reader plugins. Last, there's "My Wallpaper," and I have no idea where it came from.

I constantly find myself deleting "My" folders. What's worse, the "Shared" folders in XP are called "My," but the OS has hacks to show them as "Shared." That's just disgusting.

2005-06-02 05:04:59
how about .. ?
does having to reinstall the OS every six months count as an "interface problem"? how about not having to defrag every time i move files around?

oh, and how about not putting yellow popups on everything?

Jonathan Gennick
2005-06-02 05:48:10
Never steal focus
At the top of my list: I want Microsoft to make it a rule, enforced at the operating-system level, that nothing, NOTHING, not even the operating-system itself, is allowed to steal focus. It is infuriating to be typing along only to have some dialog or balloon pop up and interrupt me. Worse is when I happen to hit ENTER at the end of a paragraph, or at the end of a line of code, only to find that I've dismissed some dialog that I didn't even have time to read, because it popped up and I hit ENTER all at the same time.

No interruptions. No stealing focus.

2005-06-03 19:25:50
This Device can Perform Faster
Evidently, all Microsoft employees have fast USB hardware on their computers. Because if they didn't, they'd get the "this device can perform faster" message EVERY TIME THEY PLUG IN A USB DEVICE.

And there is no "never show this message again" box.

[rolls eyes]

2005-06-03 19:27:10
And here's another one...
On about the third or fourth painfully slow installation of Windows in a single day, it might behoove the mighty Microsoft to stop advertising that "This is the fastest Windows yet."
2005-06-03 19:30:25
Oooh, how about this?
How about if they just did a search through all of their code to find the words "insert floppy," and then targeted those events to also allow other media.

YES IT IS TRUE some computers do not have floppy drives anymore, and some Windows procedures still require them, or at least act as though they do. Try the Network Setup Wizard for example.

"Do you want to make a network disk? Yes, you say? Then insert FLOPPY now."

If you are trying to set up your computer to access the network IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO USE info that was on a floppy, this can elicit a fabulous, painful scream.

2005-06-08 09:46:51
Never steal focus
This is absolutely right, there's nothing worse than a dialogue popping up, unless it's navigating a deep menu system only to have the focus stolen and then having to start again...
2005-06-28 06:38:15
This Device can Perform Faster
Found this solution for the USB device can perform faster error in XP.
“In Device Manager, click on the USB host controller, click the Advanced tab and then check the box on the bottom of the window that says “Don’t tell me about USB errors.” I think you need to do this for each USB controller listed under USB in Device Manager so that the error message will not appear no matter which controller the device gets plugged into.”
[Recipe curtesy of Kevin Steiger at]
2005-06-28 06:43:48
XP Annoyances
Mostly I consider XP a good solid OS. There are however a few things that are (very) annoying. Balloon tips are my No. 1 but they can be eliminated. How about a simple question when you install. Do You want mindless crap while you install? Y/N. If you are an expert user just hit N and you dont get the mindless crap. Should be default off anyway.
2006-03-29 09:56:28
How about the wireless connection is now connected baloon that pops up and doesnt go away, without manually closing it, every time you start Windows. If I have a Ethernet connection, it doenst make me aknowlege that it is connected, why does it do it for my wireless connection?