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What are the guiding design principles behind the two different methods of navigating the folder?

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I'am Windows user and must admit that MacOS Finder is better.

  1. It's overloaded by default (too noisy). Too many unnecessary elements i.e. i don't need 3D Objects, OneDrive and unable to remove it without hacks.
  2. View modes: Finder provides convenient way to switch view modes. Explorer has 8 modes burried inside menus.
  3. Explorer has too narrow columns by default (legacy from age with 1024x768 screens). I'm sure that it's possible to auto-adjust column width by OS.

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