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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Change the default “new folder” icon

I want to set a default icon for all the new folders created in windows by a Right Click > New > Folder. Is this possible in windows 8.1? I have googled a lot and found a way to change the icon for ...
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How to show file size in MB on Windows XP?

It's strange that Windows XP is showing my file in KB in details view under Windows Explorer (there is a 14GB file in the folder, so it doesn't make sense). Is there a setting somewhere to change ...
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Open and sync shared OneDrive document from Windows Explorer

I am currently using Windows 8.1 and Office 365. I have a few documents that I share with colleagues, and we are trying to take advantage of OneDrive's built-in simultaneous editing tools. The problem ...
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Explorer opens new folders in old window

Let's say I have two folders on the desktop: Computer and Folder1. If I double click Computer, the Computer folder is opened in an Explorer window. If I then double click Folder1, the Explorer window ...
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Run explorer under the SYSTEM account on Windows 8.1 Pro

I've just read this question in regards to this issue and since I can't comment on any of the posts, I'm creating a whole new question. I've got the same problem as the one Rob describes in his ...
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Batch file to boot to desktop on Windows 8?

I wanted to put a batch file that runs explorer.exe on a scheduled task so it would run every time I log on and boot me right to the desktop. I know there's 3rd party programs that do this and so does ...
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Windows Explorer Folder Groups Toggle Collapse

Is there a way to create a keyboard shortcut for "Expand All Groups / Collapse All Groups" in Windows 7 Explorer? In Explorer their is not a shortcut listed. Does one already exist that I haven't ...
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How to make Microsoft Windows 7 Search display the actual Folder Location instead of some cryptic path?

I am very dissatisfied with the search offered by Windows 7 Explorer. Let me first explain what happens, and what I expect: I have a folder c:\test. When I use explorer-search and search for test, ...
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File size info in windows 7 Explorer

Windows Explorer is the Windows default file manager. This is what I see in the explorer In the status bar I see the JPG file type twice (one time is enough, I am not that stupid, I also see that ...
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Explorer Preview Pane locking files

im looking into an annoying issue with the explorer preview pane. We are using Windows 8.1, server 08 R2 upstairs. To my understanding, when viewing a file with the preview pane it opens an instance ...
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Keyboard shortcut for getting into the content pane on a Windows Explorer

I need to know if there is a keyboard shortcut for getting into the content pane on a Windows Explorer. I already know the keyboard shortcut for getting into the address bar (Alt + D). Also, I know ...
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Can't un-minimize explorer windows [on hold]

Since this reboot I can't open any windows from the file explorer. I can click on File Explorer on the task bar and it launches, but only in minimized mode. I can't get the window up, or maximized or ...
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How to analyze sporadic lag in explorer

So my Windows 7 (64 bit) system is lagging from time to time. It happens when I open the start menu and start typing something or open the explorer. It seems that it always comes down to the explorer ...
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Lousy “My Computer”

I have a problem with "My Computer" or "This PC" or "Windows File Explorer", whatever you may call it. When I press Windows+E to open "This PC", there are no drives shown and it keeps on loading and ...
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I can't delete a folder that's on my desktop, even after I've tried many different methods [duplicate]

Could not find this item. This is no longer located in C:\Users\(censored)\Desktop. Verify the item's location and try again. I have tried different solutions from people who have also had ...
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“Open the current folder in Explorer” in TexMaker?

Many IDEs natively provide a way to easily open the current folder in Explorer. Is there any way to do this in TexMaker? E.g. in Microsoft Visual Studio, I use:
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Computer's folder on network empty, after I login into it

I am trying to access another computer's files on my network, but I am having a problem. When I go to Windows Explorer --> then click on Network --> then click on another computer on my network --> ...
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Get rid of the file explorer grey bar line

I have just received my Asus ROG G750 with Windows 8.1. On the file explorer I get a grey bar that seems resizable but that doesn't move and I don't know what it is. Here is a screenshot of the file ...
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none of options selected in show hidden files in folder option

I want to show my hidden files in one folder but when I go to folder options and view and select the "show hidden files" option, and after OK there is no effect in my folders. Stranger is that when I ...
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Window Explorer shows only Arrange by Author

When I browse to Libraries > Documents the "Arrange by:" dropdown at the top right of the selected folder pane shows only "Arrange by: Author". All the other options e.g. Date Modified, Tag, Type, ...
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Windows explorer stop responding on laptop startup

From few days ago, I am seeing windows explorer not working or not responding on my laptop startup. The whole desktop screen and also mouse cursor stop responding. I have to wait for some time and ...
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Finding a file by typing out its first letters on Windows 7

In some folders there are files who have similar names, say AuthorA_2005_PaperOnSomething or AuthorA_2006_PaperOnWord Usually this problem does not occur and when I start typing, the first hit ...
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Windows 8: Files show up in search in the file explorer, but not normally

I was cleaning up my hard drive recently, and I encountered several archive files that I could find when using search in file explorer, but not normally. When I checked the files properties, all have ...
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Double preview in windows explorer

This is what I see: I use QTTabBar, maybe that's why.
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Shortcut for creating xlsx files

alt+f+w+f is a great command for creating a folder inside explorer. alt+f+w+t is a great command for creating a plain text file inside explorer. I'd like it to be just as easy to create an ...
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Permanently remove Folder from This PC

I've already removed the Folders from This PC a couple of times. But I guess after some Windows Updates, these folder return! Is there a solution that these folders remain removed or hidden (under ...
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Hide specific sub-folders in Explorer Navigation Pane

I have found many variations of this question, but nothing quite like I want. I want to hide various subfolders in the navigation pane - specifically the folders I have already hidden in my User ...
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How to set same view for all directories to minature in Windows XP

Every single directory viewed by explorer looks different. Once it displays minatures other time details etc. I would like to set view for minatures everywhere. How to do it?
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How to change the minimize window function?

This is COMPLETELY out of my element. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing here, googling hasn't been any help. Essentially, I want to change the minimize window functionality. So when I click ...
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Minimize windows without explorer.exe?

I'm making a custom desktop for myself with Rainmeter. I've got everything else done up in some simple rainmeter skins, it was all fairly simple really. But I'm getting quite stuck at this point. ...
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Is it possible to have interactive directory tree view next to console

To anyone's knowledge, is it possible to accomplish something like the following screenshot: Ideally, I'd like to double click on a file and process the file as if I typed it directly into the ...
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windows can't show flashdisk

It just happen recently, it shows in Device Manager, it also appear in Disk Management, and also, I can open it, but I can't explore it? Here's some screenshot In Device Manager: In Disk ...
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Open Powershell in ConEmu from context window

I would like to open Powershell inside ConEmu from Windows Explorer's context menu so that it contains the same directory as Windows Explorer. I know about the "Integration" settings, but I cannot ...
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Search partial filenames in windows explorer

So I can't believe I'm here having to ask about this or the fact that I haven't even realized this until now, but attempting to search part of a filename in windows explorer fails miserably. Unless ...
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Missing Shell Menu Entries For .dll Files

Recently, I adjusted the default program that .dll's open in when double-clicked on my system. However, doing so seems to have killed the right-click menus custom extension entries now and I can no ...
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Sort files and folders together by name (not by type)? [duplicate]

In windows explorer i don't know how can i sort files and folders by name one after the other. For example i have this list in a folder (order is false, only example): alfa [folder] anto.rar beta ...
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How can I activate or deactivate the CTRL at all times? [closed]

I have to select many files in a folder, or in different folders, but I don't want press the CTRL button every time. Is there a method to activate the CTRL key until I have selected all the files?
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How to fix missing icons?

I have an issue with my Windows 7 where the small icons are missing from the address bar in windows explorer. The icons are replaced with white squares. Happened a few months ago, didn't bother ...
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Fixing “Folders” under This PC in Windows 8.1

I love the Folders feature for "This PC" in Windows 8, but the locations weren't quite right, so I changed the locations of music, pictures and videos. However, my video folders are stored on the root ...
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how to fix: windows explorer shows length and bitrate on only SOME mp3 files

I noticed a new thing my windows 7 is doing to windows explorer. Most of my mp3 files show length and bitrate (when I've set up those columns of course), but a sizeable fraction of them will not ...
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How can i add the title column to Windows exploror and not get a blank column?

How can I add a column in Windows explorer which either will display the title tag from a html document or which i will be able to edit? For some reason any column that i tried adding including the ...
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Change default Windows Explorer file browser size and position

Many programs use the Windows Explorer file browser when opening/saving/etc a file as shown below. Is there any way to change the default size and position of the file browser's window whenever a ...
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Recover files dragged to windows backup

I have a hard drive where I store my windows backups as well as a few other folders. I was in this folder when I was bumped and it made me drop an entire folder on the windows backup folder and said ...
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How to use a value in a cell to reference another workbook? [duplicate]

I have a list of names for workbooks and their directory in a worksheet. I want to create a formula where this... ='C:\Users\USER\Desktop\[Book2.xlsx]Sheet1'!$D$6 I want to replace the ...
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windows explorer in win 8 move from address bar to the folders pane using the keyboard

I know that I can move to the address bar in windows explorer using the Alt+D\F4 shortcuts but how do I get back to the file list (not necessarily from the address bar) using the keyboard? I know I ...
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Why does Windows Explorer highlight only second entry?

Why does Windows Explorer highlight the second but never the first entry if I use the keyboard for navigation? Example: let's look at a folder that contains the following entries a1 a2 a3 b1 b2 ...
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How to combine PDF documents from Windows Explorer on Windows 7?

In Windows Explorer I would like to select 2 or more PDFs, right click, and choose an option which will merge the selected PDFs. The end result should be the creation of a PDF file which combines ...
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turn off sort on a group of files in a folder

How can I turn off the sort function on a group of files (pictures) within a folder? My goal is to arrange a large number of pictures from a number of people (different file names) into a list that I ...
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How to align Explorer's context menus to the bottom edge of the screen? (rather than having them open above the mouse)

In windows explorer when you move your cursor towards the bottom of the screen and right-click, the context menu opens upwards, above the mouse. Is there a way to open the menu as far down as ...
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Opening Alternative exe to explorer for Specific User

I'm looking to prevent explorer.exe from loading for a specific user and load an alternative application. I've seen many examples of how this can be completed here for example: Can you disable ...