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 it possible to create a 2nd “Favorites” group in the windows navigation pane?

Right now Windows (7,8) allows you to show a "Favorites" group, where you can add links to various folders, regardless of where they actually reside. Is it possible to create a 2nd group? My ...
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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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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 F:\...
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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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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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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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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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Explorer.exe crash and restart loop after user account rename

I am using the windows 10 consumer preview (Hoping it is similar enough to windows 8.1 to solve this) and I disconnected my user account from my Microsoft account and renamed it. I then restarted my ...
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Cannot pin explorer.exe to taskbar - creates duplicate icon

I'm trying to find a way to correctly pin Windows Explorer to the taskbar using GPO. I am currently using a batch file to automatically pin various icons to the user's taskbar at logon as per: http://...
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Why is explorer.exe constantly sending request? Should I be worried?

I installed fiddler in Windows and this is what I see when Windows is idle (IE is not running) Why is explorer.exe constantly sending requests to google.com and reggistyle.su and also soundcrash.su?...
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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 aren'...
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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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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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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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How can I make Windows Explorer show FTP server files without it using IE?

I work for a manufacturing company. In one of our labs we have a laptop running XP SP3 and IE7. This laptop is disconnected from the internet, and has not been updated or purposefully modified in some ...
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How to sort folders in Win Explorer without 3rd party app?

I have thousands of files nested within subfolders of subfolders. When I am in the root directory with a list of all my main folders, I want to be able to sort by size (largest main folder to smallest,...
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How to configure action on plugging in an usb MTP device on windows 8.1

There is one thing that bugs me. I have an Nexus 4 (Kitkat) and an Windows 8.1 device. Every time I connect the phone via usb (MTP) the windows explorer opens. This me be fine for others but in most ...
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Windows Explorer cannot load the desktop, and will only open a File Explorer window

Yesterday, after a blue screen (memory dump), my Windows 7 has the following problem: it start, but it don't load explorer.exe, it only show a File Explorer windows (with regular hard disk etc). I've ...
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Prevent Windows Explorer from instantly waking drive?

I have two Explorer windows open. I want to move/copy something from right to left (along the red line in the image). It seems that even dragging at the speed of light Windows decides that it is wise ...
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What is the range of dates that windows explorer can display?

I want to set the created date on some old scanned pictures to a date in 1970. If I do that using a third party tool, Windows explorer displays the date as blank. I thought NTFS could go back to the ...
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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 this?...
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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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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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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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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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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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Custom File Type in ShellNew

I am using a scripting language. It doesn't matter what it is, so I'll call it "LOL". For easier scripting, I wanted to add a new entry to ShellNew. I tried to add new entry to registry. [...
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Windows not showing version (or other resources) for files in tooltip

Whenever I hover the mouse cursor over executable file types (.exe, .dll, etc.) in Windows Explorer, it only shows the Type, Size, and (Modified) Date of the file in the tooltip instead of the ...
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Where does Internet Explorer store the last used upload directory?

I have an image of a user's hard drive from which I need to recover some photos, but I don't know the file names or directory they are stored in. The photos are not in any of the typical profile ...
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How can I create a shell context menu like “Play to”? (Dynamic add items)

I spent 3 hours googling but not answer... I am noob to windows, and i am creating app that sends files over wifi to nearby devices.I am detecting devices using broadcast. I need context menu item ...
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Windows Update folder crashes Windows Explorer when I click it

I have a problem with my pc. Every time I go to control panel and click Windows Update, a window appears and says: Windows Explorer has stopped working, restarting Windows Explorer. I don't know ...
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Show “Go” menu item in Windows Explorer

In previous versions of Windows, Windows Explorer had the "Go" menu item in the pull-down menus (between "Edit" and "View"). In Windows 7 there is no such item. Is it possible to restore it?
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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 ...
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Keyboard shortcut to resize Navigator / Organize panel in Explorer

Is there a keyboard shortcut to resize the Navigator/ Organize panel in Windows Explorer?
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Explorer.exe COMRuntime error: unexisting user can't get access permissions to COM server

since explorer has no appid, it's not possible to find relevant DCOM component in Component Services. I tried editing access rights in Elevated-Unelevated Explorer Factory component and editing ...
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What causes Windows Photo Viewer to stretch an image on occasion?

I had an image on my harddrive of Dusk Maiden of Amnesia which in the thumbnails looked perfectly fine however when i went to view it in Windows Photo Viewer to see how large it was the image's ...
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How do I increase the size of the titlebar and window border padding on Windows 8?

This question talks about changing the Titlebar and Window Border Padding so that it is smaller. What if I want it back to its original size? As seen in the picture above, I cannot change it from ...
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Unable to safely remove my harddrive since explorer.exe is holding on to it

I am Unable to safely remove my harddrive since explorer.exe is holding on to it. I tested this with process explorer and it says there is a handle to F: being used by the explorer.exe. I restarted ...
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Changing explorer.exe's default path makes explorer processes stay open

I wanted to change File Explorer's default folder to My Computer, using either: %windir%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} or %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe shell:MyComputerFolder ...
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Getting rid / Moving of pre-set folders in the User folder

So we all know how Windows sets up a user folder, with a few default directories. I am very happy to leave some of them (pictures, Videos etc.) but some are just bothersome and/or useless. I realise ...
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Access Denied when using Explorer in Win 7

When I try to go to C:/Users/All Users//AppData/Local/Application Data I get the dialog "C:/Users.../Application Data is not accessable. Access is denied." I am the only user and have Administrator ...
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how to add menu item in folder right click that calls python script

how to add a menu item to any folder right click in windows explorer that passes the selected folder as argument to the python script ? I have written a tool in python that takes the folder path as ...
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Filter current directory in Windows Explorer

Is there any way to filter current directory with some string and display only matching files/directories? I don't want to include subdirectories (this has to be quick, just like filtering in Google ...
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Is there a way to open explorer in virtual favorites?

The topmost item in my explorer is "Favorites" This is my jump list to my most frequently used folders and I would like to open explorer with this folder expanded. I found that I can open explorer in ...
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Does Windows require IE to access ftp sites?

If I remove Internet Explorer from my computer, can I still access FTP sites using Windows Explorer ?
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Remove command bar/folder band in Windows 8 explorer

This one: I've seen guides for Windows 7 here, but it doesn't seem to work on Windows 8.
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Have Windows XP Explore option default Windows Explorer path

Is there a way to automatically set the default path that Windows Explorer opens up to in Windows XP? My computer always opens to C:\Documents and Settings{user name}\Start Menu. I typically work on ...
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Is it possible to have a setting that keeps the lnk files in the Recent folder only for a number of days

In our organization we see that the Recent folder in %appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent is growing and growing. But that is because it is used over a couple of years probably. Now my question is, is ...