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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Find and remove invisible EFS*.TMP files that are created by NTFS encrypting file system

On my Win7 64 Pro I encrypted a subdirectory using the standard Windows Explorer right-click context menu Properties -> Advanced function but I found out some time later that it created a bunch of ...
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How does Windows Explorer determine categories for devices on the network?

I have a number of devices on my network: some PC's, servers, and printers. When using Windows Explorer to view my network devices are separated into two categories: Computer (Number of devices) ...
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Windows 10 File Explorer crashing regularly

I upgraded to Windows 10 a week ago, and then installed a fresh copy of it on a SSD. Everything worked fine, until File Explorer suddently started to behave weird: When I double-click on a folder, it ...
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Dropbox is slowing Windows explorer

I've found out that Dropbox is really and I mean really affecting Windows explorer performance. I'm using Windows Explorer as primary explorer in Windows. Dropbox is adding some extensions to it - ...
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Extract folders' contents to the parent folder [duplicate]

I have multiple folders inside one folder, I want to move all the contents of these folders up to the parent ( basically like extracting compressed files ) so what's the easiest way to accomplish ...
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Taskbar buttons combining in Windows 10

Is it possible to get Windows Explorer in Windows 10 to do the following: I want to have to Windows Explorer shortcuts in the taskbar - Windows explorer and Downloads folder. That is easily done as ...
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Windows Explorer in Windows 7 is misbehaving

If I start typing, after just two or three characters, it highlights what I typed and erases it with whatever I type next. The windows don't respond to clicks, even minimize or close buttons. They ...
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Disable right sidebar in explorer

How do I disable the right sidebar in the explorer which shows me how many items I have in the current folder or gives me further information about the selected item. Best would be to have a shortcut ...
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File Explorer keeps crashing on open?

I have seen similar questions around but the answers are not helping, so here my question. I recently changed my working-nicely Windows 7 into 10 and... works fine except when I try to open (file) ...
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Which icon image is used in Windows taskbar

If a Windows application with a .ico icon is pinned to the Taskbar, how does Windows decide which image inside the .ico file to use?
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How do you make Windows Taskbar list view not truncate long paths?

I would like to be able to differentiate between several different long paths in windows explorer when I bring up the list view, but I have been unable to find a way to achieve this. I found ...
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Set language for ordering in Windows Explorer

I use Windows 7 in Czech language. This language has a special feature that the character sequence ch follows h in alphabet. Since I work mostly with files with English names, I find this way of name ...
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Open applications on startup without explorer.exe running

I have set Steam's Big Picture as my default shell and I would like to start up a program automatically, SCP Server (DS4 Tool). I have changed the shell using RegEdit and have added a string value ...
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Changed or new files on a mapped network disk do not show in explorer even after refresh F5

On a newly installed Windows 7 x64 machine I do not see changes made to files on a mapped network drive. I do not also see newly added files. I have tried searching registry for dontrefresh values as ...
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Why does Windows File Explorer take more time to open from the task bar than from a keyboard macro?

If I open a File Explorer window by clicking on it on the task bar (either left click if none is open or middle click if one is already open), it takes about a second or two until the window opens. ...
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Preventing see through icons on Windows 10 File Explorer

I recently downloaded the Google material icon pack. You can download all the icons at once here. In this pack there are numerous white icons, and in this example I am using bike directions from the ...
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Folders in Downloads opening in new window in Windows 10

I have a strange bug in explorer. My Downloads folder is located at E:\Downloads (moved from default location). When I opening folder as Start - Explorer - E: - Downloads there are no any problems. ...
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How to backup Windows Explorer folders settings and set them via registry

I'm customizing my system image and I want to add via registry some folder settings. For example I want to group and sort files and folders by type. Where is the registry key?
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Avoiding the “Replace?” dialog on Send To in Windows 8

I use a network share as a backup for work I'm doing locally. Every so often, I switch to Explorer, right-click on recently-edited files, and select Send To | Backup (X:\). However, since the ...
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How to change the icon associated with a particular file format (and only that file format) on Windows 10?

Currently I have associated various text file formats (.md, .txt, .taskpaper) to be opened by sublime text. This results in ALL of them being assigned the SAME icon file, namely the sublime text icon. ...
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How do I view the duration of MP4 files in Explorer on XP?

When displaying the Duration column in a folder window with MP4 videos, it is blank. I am aware that there is no native support for this filetype in Windows XP. This answer is related, but only gives ...
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New files are not sorted automatically by Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer fails to auto-sort files that are modified in the same window or at the same time in the Open/Save Dialog box. For instance saving documents in Word does not affect the "Date modified ...
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PDF thumbnails are not created

In Windows Explorer thumbnails for PDF-files aren't created. It just displays the icons, other files (such as jpg's) work fine. I've already tried every solution I could find on the internet. Registry ...
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Keyboard shortcut for “Invert selection”

Is there a dedicated windows keyboard shortcut for the "Invert Selection" command?
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Windows explorer slows down during startup, how to trouble shoot? [duplicate]

Lenovo laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium. My windows explorer runs VERY slowly. e.g. a RMB on anything in the right hand pane or on the desktop takes 10 seconds, even selecting objects (files or ...
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Always select first item of a folder

I am using windows 7 on my laptop. I got problem when I open a folder it always select first item of this folder & I am not able to select or open other file or folder. I think maybe keyboard ...
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Windows Explorer - Treating cameras/Android file systems like disks and sort by date

My Android current, and previous, Samsung phones identify as a camera (technically a media device) to Windows. They do this because they have internal flash and to mount the file system to another ...
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Is it possible to change the 'Type' of a directory in Windows

Directories in Windows are always tagged as "File folder" in the explorer: Is it possible to edit this field? To introduce a new kind of folder? I would like to do that in order to enable another ...
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Windows 10 Explorer View Mode Shortcuts Not working, Any solutions?

I upgraded My Windows 8 Single Language to Windows 10 Single Language [English (India)]. The Explorer shortcuts to change icon view styles aren't working ever since. Ctrl + Shift + 1 Extra Large ...
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Grouping files by parts of filename and copy these

I'm trying to find a way to group files together for easy copying. The requirement is that I have filenames like: aa0048.pdf and fg345_aa0048_somethingsomething.xml. There are 25000 files in the ...
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Edit contextmenu in other applications

Currently I am playing around with ContextMenu's inside Windows. Now I want to add a contextmenu entry to every right click menu, even outside the Windows Explorer. So applications like Chrome, ...
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How can I edit PNG file rating property value in Windows 10?

In Windows 7 and 8 I was able to edit the rating of PNG files by right clicking on that file and going to Properties, Details, Rating. In Windows 10 this is not available anymore for PNG files, but ...
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Can't open new File Explorer windows by right click on Windows 10

I recently upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7. I have pinned File Explorer to the task bar, and if I right click on it I see a list of pinned folders including anything I have under 'quick access', ...
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In Windows 10 the file explorer does not remember its last window position. Can this be fixed?

In Windows 10 the file explorer does not remember its last window position. Can this be fixed? Other programs remember their last position. To reproduce: Open file explorer Move explorer window ...
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Preview Pictures in Windows 10

Just upgraded to Windows 10. My wife wants to preview pictures the way she did in earlier Windows versions, i.e. right-clicking on the icon or filename and selecting "Preview". Well, the new version ...
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Windows 10 doesn't show selections in File Explorer

File explorer in Windows 10 is not showing selections. The screenshot below shows the problem: As you can see, 6 items selected, each of the Visual Studio folders under my Document folder. Things ...
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Windows 10 Graphics card and file explorer not working

I've recently upgraded to windows 10 from windows 7. My laptop is a few years old now but it should still work. Anyway, the 2 main problems are; I can't project the screen to my TV any more although ...
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Access file/folder properties when using runas in Windows 10

I frequently use an application such as notepad (file/open) to access file/folder properties with different credentials other than my logged in account. After upgrading to Windows 10 however it ...
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Make “Date created” column persistent for a Downloads folder

In Windows 7 there is a shortcut to a Downloads folder in the start menu. I prefer to view my downloads with details, sorted ascending by a Date created column, as this shows them ordered by the time ...
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Multiple Quick Access Entries for Desktop

I've been running the Windows 10 betas since January and have since a few months back had an extra Desktop icon in the Quick Access section of my Explorer windows. I always assumed it was some weird ...
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Explorer.exe - System Warning 'Unknown Hard Error'

So, probably my fault, I ran multiple different tools (one by one) yesterday to scan computer from malware and viruses. I used these tools: - Combofix - Autoruns - TDSSKiller - RogueKiller - ...
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Configure SSMS intellisense / web browser settings to accept UNC directory path inputs [migrated]

I would like to navigate to open a directory path from an in-line commented UNC path. SSMS integrates with Windows Explorer and Explorer allows UNC navigation from the address bar. Indeed, when in ...
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Windows Explorer Bug? Why is Windows Explorer Search Box not recognizing the character “R” for a set of file names?

So this is a case of curiosity more than anything. I am in the process up loading images for a very large number of collegiate products from a certain vendor. Part of this process includes grabbing ...
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Items in explorer not changing color when selected in Windows 10

As we all know, items in windows file manager will change color when selected. But this feature seems go wrong on my windows 10 x64 computer lately: A reboot will fix the problem, but after couple ...
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Windows 10 Search not working

I used WinKey + S very much on Windows 8.1. Now when I installed Windows 10 it seems to be a problem with the search indexer. It can't find anything but some 'settings' items. Things i've tried: ...
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Windows 10 File Explorer crashes

Suddenly my file explorer has been giving me problem. Whenever I click on it, It does not open at once. But takes around 2 minutes to open . And even after opening, it just keeps saying 'Working on ...
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Change number of items in Quick Access

I want to change to number of items Quick Access shows from 10 to 5, but I don't know what hexadecimal or DWORD I should use. I do know that a0100000 is 10, but what I want to know is what is 5?
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How do I remove user folders under “This PC”

I checked out this guide, although I found it didn't work for me, or at least I did something wrong. These are the folders that I would like to remove. Basically so it will look like it did in ...
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Opening command prompt since Windows Explorer: why are environment variables not updated?

I often open the command prompt from a folder in Windows Explorer by typing cmd + ENTER: I noticed that by doing so, if I have changed something in my environment variables (e.g. PATH, through ...
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New Folder button in Windows 10?

Windows 7 added a very handy "New Folder" button in the top toolbar of File Explorer. I can no longer see it in Windows 10. Or am I missing something obvious?