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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How to use pre-installed applications on a fresh operating system?

I performed a reset on my computer and installed Windows 10. To save space on my SSD (C:), I installed the majority of my applications in another drive (A:\Program Files). Obviously after the reset ...
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when im checking for updates [on hold]

I went on updates an went to option an went an loged on intel otherhardware (R)management interface an didn't want to I afde a mistake now its trying to get me to upgrade to windows ten an I don't ...
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Is there a way to constantly keep files in the order specified?

This is a bad title I know, please do change it if you come up with a better one! Anyway, I have a folder for my screenshots. Whilst they are automatically named via date, I occasionally add files ...
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HDD does not show up in Explorer is still accessable

I have 2 drives in my computer: an SSD and a HDD (Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003). The HDD was assigned the drive letter G. If I go into Explorer and type G: in the address bar, I can see all the ...
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Win 8.1: Made new VHDs/ TXTs & copied to D partition of another machine, on booting C off 2nd machine, files not visible?

Win 8.1: Made new VHDs/ TXTs & copied to D partition of another machine, on booting C off 2nd machine, files not visible? This is plain weird. How and Why? PS: I check Security tab and it ...
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Windows 10 File Explorer

How do I change the background color and font in file explorer in Windows 10? In Windows 7 and earlier it was easier. You could set color and font for the various parts of the window itself.
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Can someone clarify how the windows file system works?

For all (recent) versions of windows, this has confused me and I hoped windows 10 would simplify it, but to no avail. Anyway, when one opens the windows (10) file explorer, they see "This PC" as ...
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Is there a way to change a drive letter directly in explorer?

Normally this is done through disk management, but it seems like there should be a way to do it directly in windows explorer. This could be useful if you are working with a lot of flash or external ...
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My Windows 7 Install Has Lost Its Default “double click to open file” Behavior

Something in my Win7 Pro SP1 installation has changed recently. It used to be that when you mouse over a file name in Windows Explorer nothing happened. Single click selected, double click opened. ...
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Delay explorer on start up

I have an issue where an employee's computer does not have their "My Doc's" on startup. After going through various testing I have determined that the issue is residing with the explorer shell loading ...
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OneDrive folders open two new Explorer windows

I use Windows 8.1 with a Microsoft account. Whenever I try opening a folder in the root of my OneDrive from within Windows Explorer, the folder opens in two new Explorer windows rather than the one I ...
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Windows 10: Rename pinned items in Windows Explorer's Quick Access

I just got done upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 10 and I've found that the 'Favorites' panel in Windows Explorer got replaced with a 'Quick Access' panel and I can't seem to find a way to rename the ...
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Remove OneDrive from File Explorer

I'd like to get rid of the OneDrive option from the navigation panel of File Explorer. Preview-era articles I've found recommend registry tweaks, which is rather inelegant, and I'm hoping there is a ...
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Cannot tag photos in windows 8.1, details pane is missing this ability

My details pane is quite lackluster, also even at a quick glance, google image search windows 8 details pane, like this one, but many others have more options, especially the fabled "tag" option. ...
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Where can I find complete documentation on desktop.ini for Windows 7?

The documentation at the Windows Dev Center is fairly limited compared not only to third party sites, but to even what I can create by changing folder settings and opening up the resulting desktop.ini ...
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How to preface Windows Explorer task bar icons with drive letters?

I'm frequently copying files from 1 server to another, each with identical directory structures- differing just by the drive letter, obviously. Is there a way to make it so that the icons will preface ...
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There is no content in Windows navigation side bar and appears to be loading

There are numerous users (at least 6 that I know of) that are having trouble getting their files to show on the navigation sidebar in Windows folder. It only displays favorites, libraries, and ...
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Windows explorer key to jump to end of selection

When renaming a file (example.txt) in the windows explorer, the name (example.txt) will be highlighted and gets replaced when typing. When pressing the right arrow key, the selection clears and the ...
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Matching Window Title of an Internet Explorer webpage

I cannot set up a script when trying to use just part of the Window Title of a webpage using Internet Explorer SetTitleMatchMode, 2 #IfWinActive, bab.la Italian-English dictionary - Internet Explorer ...
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PeaZip Archive File Utility break Windows Explorer Jumplist on Windows 10

I am having an issue with the PeaZip fie utility taking over the jumplist of Windows Explorer on Windows 10. The jumplist has several pinned locations. They are Download, Desktop, Documents, and ...
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Filename length in Windows

When I try to save my files to Windows Explorer, I get an error message that states (in part): "filenames too long." The file names have been between 100 and 200 characters. My task is to include a ...
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Problems with Windows Explorer and QTTabBar

I've been using QTTabBar 1.5.0.0 Beta 2 for quite a while now, but recently, I tried to install the plugin, Window Manager. After doing so, nothing showed up in the plugin menu, but that is not my ...
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Windows Explorer - is it possible to define an “Open with” application for a file without extension?

The file name in question is "Vagrantfile". I would love to be able to double-click it and have it opened in my favourite text editor. Unfortunately, Windows always chooses to ask me, what editor ...
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Is my HD going to crash ? Why is Explorer consuming a lot of memory sometimes? [closed]

Everything started one year ago, my PC started to slow down, got some freezes, and the HDD light light up like crazy, the task manager showd 100% disk usage... So i believed it was a problem with the ...
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Windows 7: unable to copy-paste directory path in “Save File As” dialogue box

I am attempting to save a .sql file from Sql Server Management Studio to a non-default directory location. I would like to be able to copy the directory path from an open Explorer window and paste it ...
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Git UI shell integration to show “git svn info”

I use "git svn clone" to checkout a subversion repository and manage it under git locally. Is there any easy way I could still easily find out the subversion path of the files under git management? ...
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Why does Explorer put the new file (in an opened folder) at the bottom? Why not updating scroll position?

Let's say I opened a folder in Explorer. It contains some amount of files, so that the overflow appears and scrollbar becomes visible. The files are ordered, say, by creation date, so that the newest ...
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Explorer is searching for content, icons fail to load and/or display properly

When I first open a drive or folder in the 'My Computer' window, everything displays correctly, loads fast, works fine. In a few seconds the green loading bar appears. If I open any other folder ...
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windows 7 ultimate x64 bit unable to save or browse files

i have this problem where i can't open or save files. any application that saves or browse files wont save or browse files. For example, in microsoft word, if i click save as, a windows explorer would ...
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Forcing thumbnail preview for custom file format

Related question: Explorer image thumbnail association A CNC scripting program I use generates BMPs as thumbnails and then appends them in front of the scripts themselves. Changing the file extension ...
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Is there a way to apply custom folder icons and still preview contents in Windows Explorer?

Applying a custom *.ico file to a folder in Windows removes the contents preview where several files or images appear to fan out inside the default folder icon. While it makes sense to automatically ...
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How (from explorer) do you “open with” a program that's not listed?

In XP the "open with" sub-context-menu had an item "choose program". In 7 this has been replaced by "choose default program". What's the equivalent to the old option? I'm not interested in ...
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Login to FTP using Windows Explorer with @ in username

I need to setup a connection to an FTP server, but there are a couple caveats. I CANNOT use 3rd party software (period). it has to be done in Windows Explorer. The other caveat is that there is an @ ...
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Strange empty square pops out of nowhere, minimizes all windows, hides icons, goes away after restarting explorer.exe

An empty, rectangle box popped out of nowhere whilst playing a game and listening to music trough Chrome. This resulted in all my current apps being minimized, including the game I was playing. ...
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Remove Suggested Programs for Unknown File Extensions

I regularly introduce all kinds of new, obscure file extensions to my system. For this explanation, I do not have any association with .xyz files. Say I create file.xyz. It has the default dog-eared ...
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Explorer.exe crash frequent

Some days after I solved my precedent question, Windows Explorer started to crash again, but now I can login and everything, but it crashes randomly (frequency vary between 40 seconds and 5 minutes) ...
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Part 2: How to open console2 (or any other exe) through the explorer location bar

I'd like to open Consolez from the address bar in explorer, which is easy enough, but the problem is, it's pointless to do it if want ConsoleZ to start in explorer's current directory. I've tried some ...
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Disable some Win+X hotkeys for Explorer from RegEdit under Windows 8.1

How to disable some of Win+X keys that are registered to Explorer so that they could be used by other software (e.g. disabling Win+I and Win+P and then mapping these keys from within Search Everything ...
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Explorer.exe crashes and restarts, faulting module Comctl32.dll

I've changed the mainboard, CPU and SSD. Reinstalled original Windows 8.1 from USB and DVD many times. I have external graphic card (Gigabyte GTX650 OC) which I tested on another system, also tested ...
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Is there a shortcut key to go to the next sibling folder in Windows Explorer (8.1)?

I'm going through a list of photo folders and keep on having to click on the next folder in the list. Is there a way to jump to the next sibling folder from the current folder with a keyboard ...
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Save as dialog on mapped drive in Windows 8.1 slower than in Windows 8.0

Whenever i save a file on a mapped network drive, the directory seems to load very slow in Windows 8.1 whilst Windows 8.0 and lower opens the filelist very fast so you can save immediatly. Is this a ...
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How to display default admin shares (C$) in Windows Explorer

I have my network sharing set up so that when I go to \\CompName\c$ I can get to the C: drive of the CompName computer. However, if I navigate to \\CompName\ directly, or via the network browser, I ...
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Is there any way to get a 'Watched' Tag for Video files in Windows Explorer?

Is there any way to add a watched tag automatically on video files in windows explorer for the videos that are partially/completely watched? Something like youtube.com does. If partially watched and ...
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Explorer.exe restart loop when log in

I'm using Windows 8.1 Update 1, and this morning I tried to install StartIsBack, I launched the setup and clicked Install, then it restarted the explorer as I expected but explorer.exe entered into a ...
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how to view folder that start with a “.” on windows

On my phone I have a folder that is named .Pass I connected my Phone (Galaxy Note 3) to my computer (Desktop Windows 7 64bit) and I wanted to open up the .Pass folder on my computer. However the ...
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Can I use the “Open with…” context menu item within zip folders?

Normally in windows explorer, there is an "Open with..." item in the context menu, that allows choosing a non-default program to open the file with. When within a zip folder, this menu item is ...
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Software for easy detection and storing name of the process, that created file or folder?

Is there any program that can show me in Windows Explorer what process has created some folders or files? It would be great to see not only file name, size, modification date and etc. but also name of ...
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Mysterious blank folder keeps showing up on my desktop

I have a folder with no name on my Windows desktop. The name is literally empty: I'd like to get rid of this. Oh, easy you say? Well here's where things get interesting. First, if I click on it ...
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How to make Windows Explorer report the correct size of the winsxs folder

I know that the files inside the winsxs folder are not copies but low-level hard links. They look like the full file, but really it's just a shortcut. For this reason, the folder is not taking up as ...
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Can not change default explorer sorting option

Like the title says: I am not able to change the default sorting option in windows explorer. At the moment folders and files are sorted by date modified, but I'd like to change this to sorted by name. ...