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When I create a folder or copy files, after the operation finishes I have to manually refresh the Explorer window (F5). For example, when I create a folder, I don't see the "New Folder" until I hit F5.

Does anyone have any idea how to fix this?

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I have noticed this behavior, and it always goes away after a restart. I have never heard of it persisting after a restart, and I would be interested to hear from anyone who has the problem persist after a restart. For me it kicks in after only a couple of days without a restart. And I have done a fresh wipe and re-install only 3 months ago. Please let me know if restart fixes problem. –  Almeister9 Jun 3 '13 at 6:42
    
same thing happens after a restart –  Remus Rigo Jun 20 '13 at 4:05

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Here is an incredibly simple solution that worked for me. It may work for you as well:

  • In Windows Explorer: choose Tools, Folder Options > Click the Search tab > Check or uncheck ANY option
  • Apply.
  • If this solves your problem, you can revert to your original setting and the problem will remain solved.
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Tools, Folder Options > Click the Search tab > Check or uncheck ANY option - Apply >>>> worked for me... –  Remus Rigo Jun 20 '13 at 17:14
    
Folder Options -> Search tab -> cannot find the "ANY" option :\ –  Wilhelmsen Jan 28 at 8:06
    
I think you mean "go to Control Panel to choose Tools..." as well as "check and then uncheck any option". –  mdeitrick Feb 15 at 23:20

I found that disabling Client for Microsoft Networks in properties of Local Area Connection worked for me and then I re-enabled it and the problem is still gone...

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The problem for me was a "Libraries" linking problem. I could delete with folder update in my User folders, but no refresh when deleting in the Libraries folders.

Right click on each major folder in Libraries, then Properties, be sure proper type of optimization is selected (Documents, Music, etc.), Restore Defaults, Apply. Delete then updates in the Libraries folders.

I think it rediscovers the folders in their real location on the hard drive and resets that connection with all the proper options restored.

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Refer to Windows 7 does not refresh folder views on Microsoft Answers and Windows Explorer doesn't refresh when moving/deleting. Several posters stated that the issue pertains to the Windows UI Shell and several solutions exist:

  • Remove a "Network Connection" that points to a server that is not currently available.
  • Disable the Client for Microsoft Networks in properties of Local Area Connection.
  • Or simply going through Control Panel -> Folder Options -> View, then click 'Reset Folders'.

Let me know if these links help you out!

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Reset Folders worked for me... thanks –  Remus Rigo Feb 17 '12 at 11:07
    
@RemusRigo You're very welcome. –  mdeitrick Feb 19 '12 at 14:49
    
i'm back at work and it still doesn't refresh :( –  Remus Rigo Feb 21 '12 at 11:45
    
Reset Folders wasn't available for me (was greyed out) until I started when I was on the C: drive, not a subdirectory. –  thursdaysgeek Dec 26 '12 at 23:28
    
@thursdaysgeek Sorry, updated the answer... a year and two months later. –  mdeitrick Feb 15 at 23:24

A solution that worked for me: I found that none of the steps advised above (or on other sites) was working. However, the folder I was working in was part of a "Library." I found that if I switch to working in the original file location, I no longer have the problem. It seems that there's a bug with Windows updating views within libraries.

More details: I was trying to work in Libraries\Dissertation Research, which includes several folders located on various drives. I switched to working in D:\Dropbox\Academia\Dissertation. Problem solved.

Hope this helps someone else.

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OK I was able to solve the issue (In my case), I went to "properties of Local Area Connection" I only had IPV4 checked, so I checked "Client for Microsoft Networks" problem rectified immediately !!

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One way to circumvent the issue is to use an alternative file browser, such as Explorer++ (free). The latter is not affected by the auto-refresh issue, and has a few interesting features such as tabs.

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Thanks, but I don't want to use alternatives, I want to fix Windows Explorer –  Remus Rigo Nov 8 '13 at 15:45

Found something that works for me. Open the registry:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\Instance\

and set the DontRefresh (REG_DWORD) key to 0.

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Just curious, how has this been working out for you? –  mdeitrick Feb 22 '12 at 23:51
    
hmm.. worked fine for a short time, the next day at work I got the same problem –  Remus Rigo Feb 23 '12 at 14:06
    
i wish that i could reinstall OS, but that is not a serious problem and my colleagues didn't complain... –  Remus Rigo Feb 23 '12 at 14:08

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