This is just a minor change that would be helpful. Allowing users to double click shapefiles or feature classes in your catalog pane to access their properties would be beneficial as you can in the contents pane with features already in your project. Yes, when you right-click these feature classes and shapefiles in the Catalog pane, your mouse is right next to the properties, but the ability to double-click them to accomplish this instead would be excellent!
Thanks all! I appreciate your work in making Esri products better.