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34 views

Inheritance system for folders (symlinks?)

Okay, here's the scenario. I have a base folder "Base" that has a blank, multipurpose template. However, this template is 12 gigabytes. I want to be able to have an inheritance system where linked ...
1
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1answer
332 views

Is there a way to add a “Contains” column in Windows Explorer?

I'm merging some old backup archives and getting rid of duplicates in the process, and I am frustrated by the fact that Microsoft has made it so difficult to find empty folders in Windows. The ...
2
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1answer
657 views

How to queue up Windows 8 file coping to only have one copying at a time

The new windows 8 file explorer copying is great. I can setup multiple copying tasks. They appear in a single window and I am able to pause them. Is there a way to have the copying only occur one at ...
0
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2answers
207 views

Adding tags in files in Windows 7

Is it possible to add tags in files in Windows 7 so that when I search for a particular tag, I get the file I'm looking for? I have a lot of .psd files of different businesses in a single folder ...
0
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0answers
34 views

Win 7 not reading all files from XP HDs

I loaded windows 7 - 64 on a new ssd, fresh install (C: drive). I then added 3 HDs from my old XP, SP3 - 32bit (new drive letters F:, G: and H:) computer as secondary drives. Win 7 opens and runs ...
2
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1answer
104 views

Windows XP style compact path in Windows 7 file browser window

I do lots of navigating between folders trying to keep projects synced and I've tried using things like winmerge but they're too clunky and slow. I switched back to old fashioned windows explorer but ...
1
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0answers
51 views

tools to manage your documents, songs, images with many categories? [duplicate]

Problem: I have collection of many images or books which can belong to multiple categories like C, algorithms, interview, database, OS, windows, for images icons, website headers, awesome, ...
5
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3answers
835 views

What's the proper name of that symbol to collapse/expand nodes in a directory tree?

I'm pretty embarrassed to admit I don't know this one...I just realized I've always just described it, not actually named it :) So, that folder/directory collapse/expand symbol thingy, you know, ...
0
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1answer
347 views

Windows 7 Folder-Merge function for XP

Is there a way (program?) that can let you safely merge two folders in Windows XP? Obviously this can be done manually by opening the source and destination folders and moving everything, selecting ...
1
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1answer
67 views

Is there any way to get an ext4 drive to register in the first place in Windows 7?

I have looked all over the place for a decent solution to this dilemma, including exhaustive Google searches, and I have not found anything useful at all. I don't want a separate, independent program ...
6
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2answers
2k views

How to view full path in search results?

I really hate the way Search Results works in Windows 7. You get something like this: ...and, wanting to see the full path (why doesn't it show you that automaticlly, either by making that column ...
0
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0answers
185 views

Collapsing Folders in Windows 8

In Windows 8, is there a quick way to "destroy" a folder, but copy it's contents into the folders directory? For example: Folder F is located in Directory D. Folder F contains File 1 and File 2. ...
2
votes
3answers
756 views

Unable to delete file; name is too long

This question has been asked, but unfortunately none of the suggestions worked. Here is the situation--the file is synced to a local folder on my computer in my /users folder from Google Drive. It is ...
2
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0answers
160 views

Changing the color of compressed items in explorer search results

I have enabled both of options to compress NTFS files, and to show affected items with an alternative color under Exprorer->Tools->Folder Options. The issue I'm having is with the default color. To ...
0
votes
1answer
819 views

Windows explorer menu File / New / does not contain New Folder option

In the Windows Explorer, the menu File -> New ... does not contain a New Folder option. Other options such as new textfile or new shortcut are available, though. Similarly, creating a folder from a ...
2
votes
3answers
177 views

Binary file search on Windows 8?

I'm in a weird situation. I need to find a file based on its contents, not the name because the name is not unique... For example, I have a file named "cat.jpg". It is a picture of a cat. I happen to ...
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votes
1answer
74 views

Explorer / browser for offline file system [closed]

I am looking for an application that browses an offline representation of a file system with a representation as close as possible to Windows Explorer (or another file browser). Ideally It should ...
2
votes
1answer
154 views

Copy all files in a folder which have the same name as files in a separate folder

Let me explain: I am going through a huge icon set, and choosing the icons I like. I have chosen maybe 250 out of 3000 icons. The way the icons are split up are like this: Icons -> 16x16 ...
0
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1answer
136 views

Use Windows Explorer to list files by pattern?

Can Windows Explorer list a subset of the files in a folder? For example, I want to see all the files with "summary" in the name. Specifying "H:\Documents*summary*" gives me a 'file not found' ...
0
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0answers
33 views

More performant Windows Explorer when accessing remote servers

Using Windows Explorer to access Remote servers is horridly slow. It must be making a million hops, particularly when multiple files are simultaneously selected. I sometimes resort to the command ...
2
votes
2answers
67 views

Changing the locations shown on the side of the 'open' panel

Sometimes, when accessing documents from within programs on Windows, you have this popup: How can I change the locations that appear on the left side of this popup? (I say sometimes because other ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

How can I view pdf meta-data in Windows Explorer?

I unsuccessfully used the "pages" feature in Windows Explorer, as well as in Directory Opus 10 and Free Commander XT (which I installed just for that reason, to try it out) to display the page count ...
0
votes
2answers
324 views

Is there a free Windows Explorer (XP) replacement that is able to display file sizes to 1 byte precision?

The reason for the question is this: I was trying to find the location of a file and the only thing about it I knew was the exact size. So I search for all the files in the top of the folder tree ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

An Explorer replacement for Windows with dark theme support

I'm trying to move to Windows 8. My problem is that I'm using a custom Visual Style that turns my OS to dark and it's not possible in Windows 8 for now. For that reason, I'm looking for a Explorer ...
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2answers
163 views

Is there a tool that can Unlock and Delete a file? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I delete a 'locked' file? I'm looking for a tool that can help me Force unlock a file and then be able to delete it. Any suggestions?
2
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1answer
620 views

Which Windows Explorer replacements have this feature: takes over folder open operations?

There have been at least a few threads about Explorer replacements, aka alternative file managers, here on Superuser. The go-to thread seems to be this one: Replacement for Windows Explorer? But ...
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2answers
2k views

windows folder with millions of files not responding

I am using windows 7 64-bit on q6600 with 4gb ram. I have a folder with 2 million files which are 10kB on average. windows 7 explorer stops responding when I open the folder. how can I overcome ...
3
votes
1answer
632 views

Custom attributes for files/folders in Windows 7 possible?

Is there any way to tag folders/files in Windows 7 with custom attributes, that would be applicable to any file format (not stored within a file)? For example, to create artificial folders (allowing ...
1
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1answer
95 views

Arrange videos by date although some aren't in folders?

I have some videos in folders and some aren't in folders so when I want to arrange by "date modified" the ones without folders stay in a bunch at the top in order and the ones in folders stay ...
3
votes
1answer
203 views

When I move or delete files, they occasionally appear right back where they were a day later

When I move or delete files, they occasionally appear right back where they were a day later. Also, when I move files, they not only re-appear where I moved them from, they are also where I moved them ...
1
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3answers
2k views

“Access is denied” warning message when trying to view C:\Users\All Users\Desktop

When I try to access C:\Users\All Users\Desktop, it gives me "Access is denied", even though I'm using an administrator account. So what I did was I right click the folder >> Properties >> Security. ...
5
votes
2answers
406 views

Where can I find a simple, free Windows program to monitor network folders?

I've looked at a few similar answers here on SU and Google, but all of the solutions mentioned were either outdated, buggy, or required a greater understanding of Windows management. I handle ...
16
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3answers
6k views

Alternative to Windows Explorer for long path names

Update: I found that not only Windows Explorer but also other software suffers from too long path names. For example, in Firefox, when I save a webpage into a directory, I still cannot do it if its ...
2
votes
2answers
7k views

Find/sort files and folders based on when they were accessed/opened

I just found out that someone went snooping through my computer a few days ago. I want to know if there is a way to see exactly what files (documents/pictures) that they opened. I tried adding the ...
2
votes
1answer
292 views

Windows 7 File Manager: Explorer, Navigation Pane

How to make my user name the default in the explorer Navigation Pane
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votes
1answer
2k views

Shortcut key for “Open file location” in Windows 7

I'm new to Windows (former Mac user) and using Windows 7 for about two months now. I almost exclusively use the taskbar to navigate to files (i.e., I press the Win/meta key and start typing... my ...
2
votes
1answer
6k views

How can I make Windows Explorer show file modified date instead of created date?

The date shown in Windows Explorer in Windows 7 shows by default the "created date", can I change it to modified date?
0
votes
1answer
711 views

Windows Explorer replacement which allows creating custom file properties

I'm looking for a Windows Explorer replacement that has the following feature in some way or another: The ability to create custom properties for files. by saying properties, I refer to fields like ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Windows 7 Desktop Eats Files & Folders & Then Burps Them Back Up Again

This issue started a month or two ago and it has vexed me ever since. Whenever I download a file from IE or FF, or save an attachment from Outlook 2010 and save to my desktop the file does not show up ...
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2answers
751 views

Unable to move or delete files

Just today I got the following error while trying to move/delete several files: The action can't be completed because the file is open in another program. The file wasn't open, but just in case, I ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

Windows 7, weird/annoying explorer problem

Whenever you create a new folder, you have to hit the enter key TWICE because first it'll throw an error that "there is no such file..". Okay. Then if you try to delete some, this happens also. ...
3
votes
2answers
821 views

Tool to delete files and skip files which are in use (Windows XP)?

Using Windows XP. File Explorer stops deleting files when it hits a file which is use. Is there a way to make it skip all files which are in use and just delete the others? If you will recommend a ...
2
votes
1answer
48 views

objects don't snap in browser window

I've recently upgraded from XP Pro to Windows7 Pro - In XP Pro (and previous OS versions) you could move Thumbnails around in a window and they would snap/shuffle up/re-order themselves and be ...
7
votes
4answers
7k views

Modifying value of “Rating” column within Explorer for arbitrary file types

Basically, I have a large body of assorted media (text, images, flash files, archives, folders, etc...) and I'm attempting to organize it. Windows Explorer has a rating column, but there seems to be ...
9
votes
10answers
2k views

What are some fast methods for navigating to frequently used folders in Windows 7?

(This is a followup question from my previous question.) In windows XP I used to be able to quickly navigate to frequently used folders by making use of the 'Favorites' menu item and the hotkey ...
24
votes
7answers
20k views

Windows 7, file properties, date modified, how do you show seconds?

Anyone know a way to immediately show the seconds of a file's date modified property in the GUI? So if you create a file, any file in any directory, right-click and choose Properties, the date ...
1
vote
2answers
103 views

Getting the “Open With” Box When I try to Open Any Folder

I hope someone can help me with this problem that's just occurred, I've never seen it before and I'm stumped as to what's causing it. Basically whenever I try and open any folder on the PC, whether it ...
0
votes
2answers
350 views

Is there a simple context-menu add-in that could make-up for the Windows-7 status bar deficiency?

Edit: I initially asked about free disk space and selected item size. It has since been pointed out that the selected item size summary is still availiable natively in the details pane. I had read ...
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vote
2answers
390 views

How do I avoid a server-client-server round-trip while moving files on a NAS?

I have stored all my data in my home network on a NAS server. Sometimes I need to move (rearrange) large files and directories from one place to another within the NAS. Using Windows Explorer, WinSCP ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

How to sort by date in filename?

I have a bunch of meeting minutes, where the filename is the date the meeting took place. I would like to sort by this date. The dates in my case are of the following form: 01.01.2009.doc ...