Windows Explorer (renamed to File Explorer in Windows 8) is the file manager that comes with Windows and is not to be confused with Internet Explorer which is Windows' default Web browser.

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Public Desktop icons plus more not showing

We have one user on one computer that all of the Public Desktop icons is missing from her computer, plus things like recycle bin. Her personal icons are showing as they should, just not the public ...
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Unknown explorer.exe crashes

Over the past week I have started to have explorer.exe crashes and as of yet have been unable to determine the cause. I am seeing in the event logs that explorer.exe is crashing and the faulting ...
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Filesize difference - CMD & Explorer

When I'm doing a dir of a folder (in CMD) and I look at the filesize, it difference from the filesize that Windows Explorer is giving me (in the detailed view). Is this normal behaviour? Thank you.
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Windows Explorer or filesystem not accessible by apps after some uptime

I am running Windows 7 and after an unknown amount of uptime Firefox, Google Chrome and other apps are not able to access the filesystem anymore until I restart the apps. Whats happening is the ...
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Still getting “scan and fix” popup, even though Shell Hardware Detection is stopped and disabled [duplicate]

When I connect a particular USB drive to my computer, Windows pops up its annoying "scan and fix" dialog. I have read in many places that stopping and disabling the Shell Hardware Detection service ...
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What does a tiny person icon in front of a folder icon mean in Windows Explorer, Win 7?

Please consider the following screen shot from Win 7 Windows Explorer: I'm puzzled by "rcook", particularly by the little figure in front of the yellow folder. The figure resembles one Windows ...
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Windows' Security warning on all files on local drives

Users usually can download portable software and use it from local drives withount any warning. (I mean small executables just as putty.exe or a portable application from PortableApps.com) However ...
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How do I avoid “music” customization in music sub folders? [duplicate]

Any time I open sub folders of the Music folder on this system containing MP3s with Explorer, they always have the music customization, but I tend to use file-naming conventions that don't make this ...
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Windows search with specific options

For example, i have two files: Textfile1.txt Textfile2.txt where first file is empty, and second contains string file1 Can I create a search query in standard windows explorer to match ...
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Why don't the game files appear in recent items list

The recent items list (found at %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent) has all the directories and files I access. It doesn't store information about the actual application (for eg. Word, ...
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Display contents of multiple folders in one explorer window

Let me give you an example of the rather odd functionality I'm after. Imagine you have your local HDD, an external HDD, and a usb stick, all containing a folder called "MediumMedley". When all these ...
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Hide Mac's ._ (dot underscore) files in windows

I work in an envirement where a MAC user and me as Windows user work together. The MAC generates files starting with ._. If they access a file called foo, they'll create a ._foo in the same dir. I'm ...
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Folder with 37gb of photos crashing explorer on open

I have dropbox folder which has been syncing photos automatically now for the past 2 years. Problem is, it has become so large that it crashes explorer when I open it. Crash in freezes then toolbar ...
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Only show Preview Pane in certain folders

In Windows Explorer, I have a folder where I need the Preview Pane on when I browse it, but in other folders I don't want the Preview Pane. Problem is, if you turn on the Preview Pane - it turns on ...
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Create folder and subfolders if need at once

May be my topic name is unclear ant that's why I couldn't find a solution on the internet. I want to have an ability to create a folder from Explorer with an ability to create subfolders ...
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Cannot run File explorer

When i click on library, screen resolution, personalisation or even anything that is related to file explorer (my computer, control panel & e.t.c) "explorer.exe" crashes and restarts.. and some ...
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Explorer.exe crash and restart loop after user account rename

I am using the windows 10 consumer preview (Hoping it is similar enough to windows 8.1 to solve this) and I disconnected my user account from my Microsoft account and renamed it. I then restarted my ...
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Create Shell Extension to command line tool

I have an existing command line tool which accepts a file/folder path as its only argument. I want to create a Windows Explorer shell extension that, when invoked, runs the command line tool with the ...
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Windows Explorer view settings for a particular subtree

From the "Folder Option" menu in Windows Explorer, I changed the default view for all folders to be Large Icons. As far as it goes, I am happy with it. What I want to do now is, selectively use ...
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Selecting folders located in different levels of the directory structure in Windows Explorer

Is it possible to select folders located in different levels of the directory structure in Windows Explorer? Example: how can I select the folders that the underlined in red in the screenshot below? ...
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Explorer.exe becomes unaccessable after software install

I recently installed a software update to ShoreTel Communicator on my laptop, a Dell Latitude 6430, and upon restarting, I can't access any folders, but all my programs run fine, unless I want to save ...
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Network Share Drag and Drop to Mac OS from inside Parallels Windows VM

I am running a Windows 7 VM on a Mac OS X Yosemite host OS. I am looking to "drag and drop" files between a network share accessed through the Windows 7 VM onto folders and applications in the Mac OS ...
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Cannot pin explorer.exe to taskbar - creates duplicate icon

I'm trying to find a way to correctly pin Windows Explorer to the taskbar using GPO. I am currently using a batch file to automatically pin various icons to the user's taskbar at logon as per: ...
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Open the folder associated with the Command Prompt's working directory? [duplicate]

I am wondering if there is a command one could type into The Windows Command Prompt which would cause Windows Explorer to open a folder set at the Command Prompt's current working directory? (This ...
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Remove shell user folders from explorer dialog? [duplicate]

In Windows 8.1 x64, which registry modifications I should perform to remove the shell folders from this dialog?
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how can I get around the 0x80030001 error when trying to copy files from a set of search results in Windows Explorer?

I'd like to search for mp3 files in a subfolder on my Android phone and copy them to my computer so I can listen to them. These are podcasts. When I use Windows Explorer to do this I get this error ...
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In Windows, why does pressing F5 twice give hugely different results?

Say you have a running process writing to a file, over an amount of time. In the explorer process, highlighting that file will show the "current size". Subsequent F5 keypresses will update the current ...
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Windows 7 Taskbar explorer.exe shortcut open to a custom library location

I want to change the default start location of the Windows Explorer shortcut that is pinned to my Windows 7 Taskbar to be a custom library I created. Here's what I've tried: In my Libraries ...
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How to set custom thumbnail to a file in Windows Explorer?

Is it possible to set custom (any image) thumbnail to a file (on per-file basis) in Windows File Explorer? Suppose I would like to assign real book cover image to e-book in *.txt format.
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Undo move and undo copy not work window explorer

Able to undo rename and undo delete but undo move and undo copy not work(Press Ctrl + Z or Edit -> undo This is my step : Turn on status bar Create a folder and then drag a file into it Click ...
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How can I force all folders to have the same column width and display type?

I would like to set up a folder with the view I like (details, specific column widths) and have windows explorer use it for any folder. I already tried tools -> folder options -> view -> ...
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Why is explorer.exe constantly sending request? Should I be worried?

I installed fiddler in Windows and this is what I see when Windows is idle (IE is not running) Why is explorer.exe constantly sending requests to google.com and reggistyle.su and also ...
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How do I hide a file or folder by deactivating all show and hide checkboxs in window 7 & 8

I'm trying to hiding one file or folder by deactivate all show and hide checkboxs in Windows 7 & 8. I know about changing the value of checkedvalue data to 0 in the following registry address to ...
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win 8.1 explorer eating CPU when opening “Device and Printers”

I'm facing a peculiar issue that I can't fix. I discovered recently that my Win 8.1 Update 1 (with all updates through WSUS offline) starts eating all the CPU when opening "the device and printers" ...
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Modify the tags in windows explorer details pane for folders (Windows 7)

I want to add property tags to the details pane for Windows explorer for the folder type. I have successfully done this for file types but cannot achieve this for a folder itself. To do this for files ...
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How is Windows Explorer calculating Data Rate?

When I add the "Data Rate" column in Windows Explorer and look at Windows Media Video files, it is showing a value that's much higher than expected. This is in Windows 7 64-bit. For example, the ...
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Why is IE lacking in Add-on/ Extensions as other browsers? [closed]

I have always wondered that .. , perhaps it is directly related to the Trident layout engine? I need a good technical answer. thanks in advance
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Windows 8.1 - Show Status Bar

The status bar is not showing in Windows Explorer. I have ticked Folder Options, View, Show Status Bar. I have also tried restarting.
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Windows 7 folder opens automatically in command prompt

My girlfriend has a problem with her PC and I wasn't able to solve it. She's got a Laptop running Windows 7. If you open a folder it doesn't open in the Explorer (as it should), but it opens the ...
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How to edit all the different context menu entries of the Explorer?

I'd like to write a script to simplify editing the context menus of the Windows Explorer. But there seem to be A LOT of different ways to implement context menu entries and non of the sites that I ...
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How to make Folder Properties show modified and accessed dates?

On Windows XP NTFS, when I right click a file → "Properties", I can see the created, last modified, and last accessed date: However for folders, the last modified and last accessed dates ...
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Remove shell folders from navigation pane in Windows 8.1

Time ago I've used one of those strange tricks that let you customize Windows in some way, to remove the librearies and also the shell folders from the navigation pane (save/open file dialogs) in ...
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Annoying flicker when creating or renaming a folder in Windows Explorer's folder tree

I have a really annoying problem with Windows Explorer. When I create a new folder or rename an existing one in the folder tree (navigation pane) there is heavy flickering and I'm unable to type the ...
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Public folder contents not updating

On a pristine Windows 7 install, you have these folders among others C:\Users\Public\Documents C:\Users\Public\Downloads With Downloads, you can enter the folder and create a new folder ...
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Order by sub-type in Windows File explorer

Say I have the files: File1.bla.txt File1.htm File1.foo.txt File2.bla.txt I want to order them first by type (txt/htm) and then by file sub-type (if it has any: bla/foo). So: File1.htm ...
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Windows 7 explorer - obtain bigger preview images in tile view

I have a folder called "Scan" where I put the scan files made by my copier: they can be .pdf, b/w .tif, or color .jpg I find useful to set the view for this folder as "tiles", so I get a small preview ...
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Cannot format my USB which is write protected in Windows 7

I am trying to remove the write protect on my USB via regedit but cannot navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies Storage appears but not ...
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Windows 8 Windows Explorer single-click folders on navigation pane

In Windows 8 in Windows Explorer the left panel, the "navigation pane" as Microsoft refers to it requires you to now click two or even three times for the right-pane that displays the files to ...
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How can I connect to UNC path on an external server in Windows Explorer?

I am using Windows Explorer and would like to connect to a certain IP address. After that, I want to connect to a different IP address through the server. Ex: A -> B -> C A is my current computer. B ...
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File explorer keeps showing icons for some folders

I have Windows 7. I like the detailed list view in Explorer (File explorer). I don't want to see icons ever in my Explorer windows, I only want detailed lists everywhere without fighting regularly. I ...