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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Is there a way to record macros to do things I would normally do in Windows explorer? E.g. Open an Excel file read-only? [on hold]

Countless times a day, I go into Windows Explorer, shift-right click on an Excel file, Copy as path, then go into Run, type Excel /r (paste), which opens my Excel file as read only. Is there a way to ...
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Change Windows explorer's short column menu

Is there any way to change this menu's list of columns for any and all folders, in such way that whenever I want to add an actually useful column to the current view I don't need to look it up in the ...
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How to Paste raw text from clipboard to Windows Explorer

I have some text I want to copy, for example from an office document, from a mail document or anything else, into the windows explorer (the browser) without formatting. I have tried to paste the ...
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Windows explorer crashes & restarts when I try to open a video file in Windows 8.1

My Dell Laptop XPS has Windows 8.1 as its OS. Whenever I open Windows Explorer and try to open a Quicktime Player file or an MP4 file, Windows explorer crashes, BSOD appears for a few seconds and then ...
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Finding files by only knowing extension?

I'm somewhat disorganized in my file saving habits, so I wind up using the Search function in Windows Explorer more often than one should. I was wondering, is it possible to have Windows find all ...
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Why does explorer.exe has an established connection to a microsoft server?

This seems a bit odd. Using netstat -a -b -n I've found the following: TCP 192.168.1.X:1150 157.56.124.76:443 ESTABLISHED [Explorer.EXE] It turns out that the ip 157.56.124.76 which resolves to ...
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Delete iphone photos using windows explorer - safe for phone?

I've plugged my iphone4s into my computer and found my dcm picture folder, copied pictures to another folder using windows explorer.... My question. Is it safe for my phone if I delete photos on my ...
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Which application adds RAR/7z/ISO/GZIP support to Windows Explorer? [closed]

Is there an application available that is able to add this ability to the Windows Explorer? At the moment those formats aren't supported, but many like to have it. I don't like to use an alternative ...
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Is there a way to highlight the full file name, WITH extension, when renaming a file in Windows 8.1?

I think this feature was introduced with Vista: in the Explorer, when you shift to file renaming, the entire filename is selected by default, except the extension. This is surely a friendly feature to ...
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Debugging a crash in Windows 8.1 File Explorer

Since upgrading to Windows 8.1, I've experienced frequent crashes of Windows Explorer. It will lock up for 10-30 seconds, then terminate and restart itself. It happens many times a day and I don't ...
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After remote desktop, target PC some shortcuts don't work, possibly loses %windir%

I ran into a problem on a PC a few months ago and have really now got to look at (partly because I thought it was due to a failing stick of RAM that was causing BSODs). My PC runs Windows 7 x64 When ...
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Files accessibles on MS-DOS, absent on Windows explorer, how to get them?

I have USB Drive that contains interesting files. When I acces it using Windows Explorer, I get only a bunch of *.tmp files. But when I acces it using MS-DOS, I can get to my precious directory ...
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Delete a folder that won't let me even take ownership?

Windows 8.1. Admin account. I have a hard drive installed that I use for media (ie. not system files, etc). I was testing various screen capture programs and one of them created a couple of folders ...
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Launching process from CLI vs from Task Manager

So, Windows Explorer has crashed on me yet again, and now my task bar is gone. But I know that all I have to do is to run Explorer again, and the task bar will reappear. If I launch Explorer via ...
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How can I change tab bar color in ConEmu

How I can change color of tab bar in ConEmu on Windows? I tried find in settings but never found appropriate option.
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Deleting a resilient, abstruse file in a “Soldat” subfolder

I am trying to clear out an old flash drive on my Windows 7 computer. Everything deleted fine, as usual, except one mysterious file. The name of the file contains an unusual character, as shown in ...
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Windows freeze after closing open/save file explorer from an app

When I call a windows explorer from an app (open/save file), as soon as it closes (whenever clicking cancel or actually saving/opening a file), the app will freeze for 3-15 seconds. Nothing particular ...
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windows 7 file explorer crashes after mkdir via git bash

My environment: Windows 7 Git v1.9.0 Steps to reproduce my problem: open a folder in windows explorer right click in that folder and select "Git Bash" execute: "mkdir test" in the git bash ...
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Utility to Synchronize File Creation Date with Modified Date, Preferably Context Menu Capable for File Explorer [closed]

I'm annoyed when I copy files and the creation date is made new. I know that's technically true, the file is copied so its creation date gets changed, but when the modified date of the copy is still ...
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phpunit causes Windows Explorer to lag on Windows 7

I am currently creating some automated testing suites for phpunit. This means I may run phpunit several times in a day. Sometimes, after I've run it, Windows Explorer just starts lagging. This ...
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Can't find Sublime Text 3's “Default” folder in <data_path>/Packages/ folder using Windows Explorer?

I have Sublime Text 3(ST3) installed on Windows 7. I click "Preferences > Settings - Default" in ST3's menu. A file named Preferences.sublime-settings opens up in ST3. Fine. In ST3's title bar, it ...
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How can I have a custom 7Zip batch script work like the “add to archive…” context menu action of 7Zip?

I am trying to figure out a way to select several files and folders in Windows Explorer and add them to a password protected .zip archive using a batch script, 7zip and a custom context menu item. ...
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Permanently replace windows 7 autoplay with open folder

How do I disable windows from scanning content in external drive and start the explorer right away? From my experience, as far as "Use Autoplay" is ticked, windows has to scan the drive for content in ...
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Redirect opening requests about a file in a given directory to another file in another directory

I have a simple scenario, but i don't now is there a way in Windows to do it or not: We have 2 directory with these files: Book: D:\sources\Books |___ A.pdf |___ ...
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Windows explorer “date” column for overwriting a file?

I noticed that no matter how I overwrite a file, there is no "date" column shows me when this file got overwritten. I keep a original file and a copy of the file. I do all the changes on the copy and ...
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How to customize columns in windows explorer as default settings?

I want to add more "date" columns in windows explorer, but the settings i changed does not apply as default meaning that if i close the current modified window and re-open any folder in any location ...
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How to AND-combine two searches?

How can I AND-combine two searches in Windows-Explorer? Both should look for filenames only. File contents don't matter. *EIB* and *.html In the end I want all html files found in folders (and ...
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How to automatically create windows thumbnails recursively?

I am using Windows 8.1 with Windows Explorer. The image cache ("thumbs.db") will be created for each video, photo, etc. after I visited the containing folder. Actually I have a problem with this ...
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ConEmu: Open files in vim with ConEmu through File Explorer

Is it possible to open files by double clicking an associated file extension or through context menu with vim in a ConEmu tab?
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Why does desktop stay visible when Explorer process exits?

I've always wondered what subsystem in Windows is responsible for displaying desktop background image and icons even when the Windows Explorer process is not working. The common scenario is that some ...
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Cannot delete a file on Windows XP

I have a file sitting on my Windows XP desktop for about 6 years now. Its 0 bytes and every time I try to either rename or delete it, I get these error messages. Any idea how to remove this stinker ...
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“Close Tray” appears in explorer when cdrom drive is already closed

OS: Windows 7 CDROM drive model: WH12LS38 (actually a bluray burner) Issue: When right clicking on my cdrom drive letter in explorer, I expect to see "Open Tray" because the tray is already closed, ...
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Opening multiple Windows Explorer windows with screen snap

I am wondering if there is a way to use Windows Batch or some other medium to open multiple Windows Explorer windows with the screen snapping kind functionality you get when you are gripping an ...
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Windows - Explorer.exe crashing when manipulating folders

I've got an issue on my Windows Seven SP1 computer, for some unknown reason, the explorer.exe process crashes really often when I'm manipulating the folders, especially using paint but not only. ...
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Windows Explorer and Updater unstable after plugging a USB device

I recently plugged my usual USB key in my computer, but Windows Explorer started to get extremely slow and wouldn't open anything. I tried to check for updates but the Updater stays blank as soon as I ...
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How to stop windows explorer from taking up 70 percent of CPU?

So when I start up my computer, (windows 7), I always run task manager to kill any buggy programs if they occur. About a week ago, when I did so, I noticed that Explorer.exe was taking up 70 percent ...
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Windows 7 Explorer: How to change the columns displayed for file attributes?

Please see shots below. In some cases, explorer only shows the columns related to media files (title, album), when I just want the standard file listing (so I can sort on file date...) How to ...
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Multiple instances of Explorer.exe running? [closed]

When I started my computer this morning I noticed it was painfully slow I then noticed that in task manager processes there were 2 instances of Explorer.exe running; one with a fairly low amount of ...
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Determine unavailable property settings in Windows Explorer shortcut?

Some Windows File Explorer shortcuts show clearly the exe that is being launched. Some are rather cryptic. For example, the Python (command line) shortcut is as below: How do I find out the ...
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copy file in 8.3 format produces “There is already a file with the same name in this location” error in windows 7

I use xcopy and batch scripting to backup newer files xcopy "src" "dest" /O /X /E /H /K /I /D. I was asked if I want to replace something which should not happen. So I did the copy process manually ...
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Windows Explorer - default window dimensions

Dumb question, but I can't figure it out. Normally, when you open an Explorer window (control + e), the window will open in a normal rectangular shape. At some point last week, I re-arranged one of ...
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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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How to find what process(es) could spawn multiple explorer.exe processes on a Windows 7 Pro

Is it normal to have multiple explorer.exe processes running on a Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)? (So just to clarify, this is not about the iexplore.exe which is the Windows Internet Explorer browser.) I ...
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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 ...