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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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? [on hold]

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 ...
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Have TELNET, SSH and FTP access but can't connect through Windows Explorer

I used to be able to connect to a certain computer through the normal Windows File Explorer. But since 3 days ago this access has not been possible. I can connect through SSH, TELNET and FTP, but ...
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Increase size of file path pane in windows search?

In normal file explorer, you can resize columns by dragging them around using the little tab marker type things: In windows search, you can't do this for some reason! There are no tab markers to ...
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How enable ctrl + arrow up in windows xp?

In windows 7 I can go to next (upper) folder level in explorer just press ctrl+arrow up. Is there a way to set this shortkey in windows xp?
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Why I am not able to see folder icons in Windows Explorer and Properties window takes time to open after I right click on file or folder

I am facing this issue after installing windows update on Windows 8.1 x64 machine. I am not able to see icons / thumbnails of folders in Windows Explorer. The other issue I am facing is whenever I ...
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Set Windows Explorer to default to my user folder

I can change the target property for explorer (Windows Explorer, not IE) to this: %windir%\explorer.exe /n,/e,c:\Users\Admin But I don't want to open there. Windows seems to create something ...
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Always sort Recent Places by date modifed

I used to always have the Recent Places shortcut folder sorted by date modified (which is the only reasonable way to sort it). But some time ago it started sorting it by name automatically. No matter ...
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Use Windows Explorer for viewing web pages

On some XP machines I have noticed that you can view web pages inside of windows explorer by typing a URL into the address bar. Internet explorer does not open, However on this computer when I type a ...
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Virus causing multiple explorer.exe instances using high memory [duplicate]

To begin, yes, there are similar questions out there, even on this site. However, none of them seem to off a solution outside of format the computer. Story time! (Or the background to this whole ...
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Adjust timeout for folder auto-expansion when dragging/dropping files

When dragging and dropping files in Windows 7 Explorer, if you hover over a folder, after a certain time, that folder will expand, allowing you to navigate to sub-folders to drop the files. Is there ...
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How to enable the “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” checkbox

I have a 7-Zip file on my (Windows 7) desktop with the extension .7z. I was mistakenly led to believe that Windows 7 could handle it like it handles its own "Compressed (zipped) folders". So I did ...
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How do I reload windows without rebooting

I was wondering, is it possible to reload all the files in windows without rebooting the system to save time like when you install a new program and it asked you to reboot your PC, but instead I want ...
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windows8 windows explorer automatically change its view mode to “detail” and sort by “name”

windows8 windows explorer automatically change its view mode to "detail" and sort by "name" automatically every once in a while, this happens only in my download folder which is placed in the default ...
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Sorting folders in Windows Explorer?

I'd want to know how to ensure that all my folders will be sorted and displayed on top of all the files in Windows Explorer
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explorer.exe eating memory like crazy

I have a Windows 7 operating system. When I boot up and do nothing, explorer.exe starts to consume memory like crazy, like around 2GBs and so. When I kill it from task manager, everything is still ...
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Folder named `xyz` appears under the name `Public Desktop` in Windows Explorer?

In Windows 8: I have a folder that is currently named 'unused' but the same behavior occurs with any name that I rename it to. The name appears correctly in CMD when I type dir but when I look for the ...
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Can't stop Windows Server 2012 Explorer opening folders/files on single click instead of double click

In Windows Explorer on Windows Server 2012 R2, I have the option "Double click to open an item (single-click to select)" set. In fact the other options are disabled for some reason. However explorer ...
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Swap open windows on two monitors

I am using two main programs on both of my monitors (one program each), but sometimes I want to see the program on the second monitor on my 'main' monitor. Can I somehow switch every open window from ...
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What does registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Wbem\CIMOM\ThrottleDrege do?

What does registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Wbem\CIMOM\ThrottleDrege do? Background to this is that one of our users is experiencing abnormally slow copy of files on his Windows 8 ...
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How can I add Google Drive to “This PC” in the Windows Explorer sidebar?

The title says it all really. I have Google Drive already installed of course.
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modify overlay on video previews in the Explorer sidebar

I want to get rid of the stupid overlays that video files are shown with in the Explorer sidebar in Windows (7, but other versions as well). I mean thanks, but 1995 rang and they want their UI design ...
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Make Windows 10 open “This PC” by default

Following this tip I was able to set File Explorer to open 'This PC' by default. However, now the explorer window shows a section called 'Unspecified' full of blank icons. I don't have enough rep ...
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How can I cancel opening a folder in Windows Explorer?

I am forced to use a Windows machine for some parts of my job, but I am not a Windows guy, so there may be some obvious solution to this that I am missing. Sometimes, when I am browsing files in ...
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Excel: Do not open files in multiple instances

How do I open all excel files in the same instance/window by default (happens only when I open from the menu, but not from the windows explorer)? I have this option unchecked, but is still not ...
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Windows explorer crashes every 30 seconds

My windows explorer crashes in every 30 seconds or so. On the title bar, it shows "Not Responding", system hangs for a while and after clicking on the window itself, everything fades in white color. ...
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Is there a way to see other Shell property sets in Explorer in Windows 7 and up?

In previous versions of Windows, when you viewed the properties of a file, there was an option to see the "Summary", which displays a standard set of properties from a Shell32 property set. There was ...
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What is the default file association for a file with no extension?

I have a machine that somehow became infected with WEbbiNG Adware. I managed to remove it fine, but it seems it associated itself as the default program to run files without an extension. I have ...
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Windows explorer shows different results than using dir command

I'm using "dir" to output the contents of a network drive to a text file for processing. The directory has ~135k files. When I search for a specific keyword in the windows explorer search box, I get 4 ...
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Windows Explorer on taskbar not working

The shortcut for Windows Explorer on the taskbar has seemingly broken. It shows the default icon and when I click it, I get the following message, "Can't open this item. It might have been moved, ...
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How to change shortcut links priority in Windows File Explorer?

How can I change shortcut links priority in left side of Windows File Explorer (like Favorite, Library, Computer)? For example, by default Favorite link is top of all other links. So how can I ...
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Why is using a URL as filename in Windows Explorer so slow?

When I attach a file in Gmail, add a picture in a StackExchange post, etc., I often use a URL as filename in Windows Explorer: It typically takes a few seconds, usually between 5 and 10 seconds. ...
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How to edit files on a Windows FTP folder?

I own several FTP sites and I always used FileZilla to copy/edit files on them. Now I'm trying to take advantages(?) from "FTP folders" on Windows 8.1. My intent is to transfer and edit my remote ...
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How do I get Windows 8.1 to display image thumbnails when using the modern explorer?

This is a most frustrating problem with image thumbnails in Windows 8.1; I'm not sure when exactly my computer started doing this. The problem only affects browsing pictures in the modern explorer ...
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Customizing or adding favorites to the Windows 8.1 Metro File Picker

Windows 8.1 comes with a touch-friendly file picker. It's a better UI than the old Windows Explorer file picker for touch devices like my Surface Pro 3. However, there are a few annoying things ...
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Trouble deleting TIFF images

I am doing some processing of TIFF images and experiencing some trouble deleting them when I am done. I make sure that I close all the processes that may be locking the file, but still the explorer ...