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 make backspace key in Windows 8 Explorer get me to parent folder instead of going back in history? [revamped] [duplicate]

Posting the same question from another user, but for windows 8 instead. In Windows XP, Backspace (aka ←) key leads you to the parent folder, but in Windows 8 it just goes back in history. How do I ...
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How to copy files in Internet Explorer cache preserving original full path?

how is it possible to copy files downloaded and located in "Internet Explorer cache", preserving each one's original full path? I appreciate any helps and clues. Mehrdad
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explorer.exe crashes whenever I select anything

Whenever I select a file or multiple files, explorer.exe immediately crashes. The problem has spread, and now effects clicking on Advanced System Settings in the System panel (Win+PauseBreak, in the ...
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Where is Windows explorer

Wasn't there a thing called "explorer" on the desktop, for getting around on the computer? Not Internet explorer, but the local tool. Just on the local machine. Somehow it's gone... Where is in in ...
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Is there any way to color code or highlight multiple files in windows file explorer itself? [duplicate]

As the question states, I need a way/program to color or highlight multiple files in a folder. I need this as I want to mark the episodes I've already seen using some color or maybe some other way ...
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Windows + E slow open of explorer window

Recently I stumbled upon the following issue on Windows 7 x64. When I press Win+E, it takes 3 seconds for the window to appear. However, when I double-click on my computer icon, the Explorer window ...
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Add entries to Windows 8 explorer's File menu

Windows 8 introduced many changes to the file explorer. One of them being the creation the File Menu, which allows opening shells already set in the current folder. Is it possible to add elements ...
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How to turn off asking for administrative rights every time I want to rename/copy file from one location to another in Windows 8.1 64bit

I installed fresh Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit. When I copy file to another location, for instance from C:\ drive to external drive I get prompt where I have to click Continue to grant ...
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pdf byte serving slow in Internet explorer

When I try to access a large pdf file with Chrome with byte serving it steadily increases the size of the packets which are downloaded. Internet Explorer however stays with the 16KB packets. This ...
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Windows explorer crashes when trying to enter a specific RAID volume

On Windows Server 2003, I have three RAID volumes, appearing as C, E, and F. In explorer, when I left click on C or E, I enter the drive as expected. However, when doing the same in F, explorer ...
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Export document properties of every file in a folder

I need to obtain the document properties of every Office file in a folder, for about 35k files. The document properties are NOT the filesystem file properties that Windows Explorer exposes, but those ...
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Run windows explorer via chrome?

In Internet Explore if I enter c:\ in the address bar, I get the explorer.exe open. If I do it in chrome I get the picture below Is there anything similar to this in chrome ? ( witout extension). ...
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How to add 'Open With' to folders in Windows Explorer

Sublime text allows you to open folders as projects. I'd like to be able to do this from the Windows Explorer, but there is no Open With menu item for folders. How can I add that option?
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Removing the menu bar in Windows 7 explorer

I downloaded and set up Windows 8 transformation pack for Windows 7. I wasn't happy with how I did it, so I reverted all system files. Now I have a menu bar in Windows explorer that I can't remove. ...
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Ctrl + right click opens mutiple items instead of selecting them. How do I fix this?

Something happened to my keyboard and or mouse controls. I have a Logitech T-BB18 trackwheel and an hp NY418AA Keyboard. When I use the mouse in Windows mail and click the delete button it deletes two ...
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Skype and media player causing windows explorer to crash

When there are 2 or more Skype windows on screen, windows explorer will instantly crash and it will keep crashing after restart as long as there is more than one skype window on the screen. When I ...
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Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime error when viewing JPEG files in Explorer

I am getting the following error each time I view JPG files in the windows explorer in Detailed view. It also appears when you open the properties of the file. I'm using Windows 8. Microsoft Visual ...
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Windows Explorer Recent Folders

I have Windows Explorer pinned to the task bar (I'm on Win-7) If I right click on the little icon on the task bar, a list pops up of recent folders; cool. I can then left click on one of those, and ...
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Is there an easy way to open a sidebar item in a new window?

In the OS X Finder there is a sidebar in each window listing commonly-used folders like Documents, Downloads, etc. It’s possible to open one of these folders in a new window by clicking on it while ...
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Add “Open MSYS terminal here” in the Windows right click context menu?

In Windows file explorer,if I hold shift + right-click on a folder (in a folder too) I can choose to Open command window here. I'd really like to add an Open MSYS terminal window here to the popup ...
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Windows Explorer - How can an large file have a zero “Size on disk” value? What does it mean

I would expect some discrepancy between "Size" and "Size on disk" in Windows Explorer due to file system allocations etc. Below is a screenshot of an example file on a Windows 2012 R2 file server ...
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Chrome and Firefox Crash When Bringing Up Windows Explorer

I am having a weird issue lately on my laptop. I am running Windows 7 and I have IE v10, Chrome v36, and Firefox v31. All my browsers are up to date and all Windows Updates are installed. The issue ...
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Making Windows Explorer to Search WebDAV Server using DASL

I am trying to setup search in a WebDAV repository in IIS 6 on Windows Server 2003 R2. I successfully configured WebDAV in IIS and enabled my repository indexing as described in Searching WebDAV ...
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Expand subfolder into parent folder

Is it possible to expand a subfolder, so that all of the files located within it were automatically moved to the parent folder rather than having to manually go in and cut and paste?
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Windows 7 explorer always crashes, opens small “Personalized Settings” window

My Windows 7 desktop PC, built by me, started acting very weird in the last couple of days. I use it quite often, about half of the time through TeamViewer. Explorer would crash and restart randomly, ...
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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 ...
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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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Change the Folders list that Windows 8.1 Shows when File Explorer is Launched [duplicate]

I launch File Explorer on Windows 8.1 by pressing the Win+E shortcut. When File Explorer opens it shows a right panel called "Folders" (circled in Red in my screenshot) I'd like this pane to show ...
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Remove desktop after killing explorer.exe

I have a machine where the default windows shell has been replaced with a custom program using gpedit.msc; at the startup I see only the custom program on a black screen, that it's what I want; ...
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Chinese characters not displayed correctly

On my previous laptop running Windows 7 Professional I had some MP3 files. I edited some properties including file name, album name, and album artists so that they would be displayed in their original ...
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Windows Explorer won't load correctly, appears to incessantly scan “This PC” and never completes

I'm trying to use Windows Explorer. Whenever I launch the application, it appears to attempt to load This PC, but this runs indefinitely and never completes. This is the window I see: I've tried ...
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Windows taskbar tasks crash explorer.exe

Synopsis: Whenever I execute a task via the Windows taskbar, explorer.exe immediately crashes. Cause: Any item under "Tasks" causes this, from any application (see screenshot "taskbar tasks.png"). ...
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Stop Explorer from Starting on Logon

I am looking to create a custom GUI for Windows 7/8 to replace Windows Explorer (explorer.exe), but it doesn't seem possible to stop Windows Explorer from starting without the use of a .bat file and ...
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How to set folder view in explorer for all folders via registry

I was going through a tutorial where I learned how to set the folder view of all the five folder templates on Windows 8 - General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos. The tutorial is fairly ...
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How to fix Explorer sort on metadata column on SUBST drive?

When I click on Explorer Name or Size, the list sorts. When I click on Title or Album, it does the same... unless the drive is a SUBST in which case it shows a progress bar and never sorts: How ...
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Get Explorer preview to show .M3U file

How may I get Explorer preview to show an .M3U file as it if were a .TXT file? Currently it does not: I have tried a registry hack that work for other text file types, but it did not work for ...
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Replace “open command window here” to open git sh.exe bash

Is there a way to replace the default option in windows context menu to open command window in the current directory to open git's sh.exe bash in the current directory?
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Windows Explorer freezes when dragging files over mapped network drives

As the title says whenever I drag a file over a disconnected mapped network drive Windows Explorer freezes. After a minute it unfreezes again. Is there any way to fix this behaviour? It looks like ...
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Windows Explorer won't show image thumbnails when using Remote Desktop

When I connect to my home Windows 8.1 server via RDP (using another win 8.1 computer) and open Explorer to show some folder containing images, I can't get it to show the actual thumbnails, only this: ...
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Persistent message every time explorer process is started

Every time the explorer process is opened i get a dialog box that pops up saying that windows cannot find a folder: This happens every time I log in or manually restart the explorer process. I've ...
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Windows Explorer left pane has changed

The left-hand pane of my Windows Explorer has changed in a negative way. The picture below is what explorer looks like right after opening a new window. From what I can tell, the original nodes of ...
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XP Right Click doesn't work for multiple selection

When I right click on a text file and select 'Open' it opens the file in notepad. But when I click multiple text files then select 'Open' nothing happens. Can someone help me on this? If it could be ...
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Application Error in Explorer.exe on shutdown

Sometimes when I shut down Windows 8.1 I get the following error message: It disappears on its own, and everything seems fine, but it is a little odd. I found KB2929203 on Microsoft's website ...
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Can't remove a folder - “Element not found”

Got a bit of a problem on my laptop (Windows 8.1); I recently deleted all music that I had stored under C:\Dokumente\Musik ("Dokumente" meaning "documents" in German). Within this directory, I had a ...
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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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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 ...