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 AND-combine two searches?

How can I AND-combine two searches in Windows-Explorer? Both should look for filenames only. File contents don't matter. *EIB* and *.html In the end I want all html files found in folders (and ...
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How to automatically create Windows thumbnails recursively?

I am using Windows 8.1 with Windows Explorer. The image cache ("thumbs.db") is created when I visit a folder containing video, photo, or other such files. I have a problem with this because I have ...
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ConEmu: Open files in vim with ConEmu through File Explorer

Is it possible to open files by double clicking an associated file extension or through context menu with vim in a ConEmu tab?
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Why does desktop stay visible when Explorer process exits?

I've always wondered what subsystem in Windows is responsible for displaying desktop background image and icons even when the Windows Explorer process is not working. The common scenario is that some ...
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Cannot delete a file on Windows XP

I have a file sitting on my Windows XP desktop for about 6 years now. Its 0 bytes and every time I try to either rename or delete it, I get these error messages. Any idea how to remove this stinker ...
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“Close Tray” appears in explorer when cdrom drive is already closed

OS: Windows 7 CDROM drive model: WH12LS38 (actually a bluray burner) Issue: When right clicking on my cdrom drive letter in explorer, I expect to see "Open Tray" because the tray is already closed, ...
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Opening multiple Windows Explorer windows with screen snap

I am wondering if there is a way to use Windows Batch or some other medium to open multiple Windows Explorer windows with the screen snapping kind functionality you get when you are gripping an ...
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Windows - Explorer.exe crashing when manipulating folders

I've got an issue on my Windows Seven SP1 computer, for some unknown reason, the explorer.exe process crashes really often when I'm manipulating the folders, especially using paint but not only. ...
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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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How to stop windows explorer from taking up 70 percent of CPU?

So when I start up my computer, (windows 7), I always run task manager to kill any buggy programs if they occur. About a week ago, when I did so, I noticed that Explorer.exe was taking up 70 percent ...
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Windows 7 Explorer: How to change the columns displayed for file attributes?

Please see shots below. In some cases, explorer only shows the columns related to media files (title, album), when I just want the standard file listing (so I can sort on file date...) How to ...
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Multiple instances of Explorer.exe running? [closed]

When I started my computer this morning I noticed it was painfully slow I then noticed that in task manager processes there were 2 instances of Explorer.exe running; one with a fairly low amount of ...
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Determine unavailable property settings in Windows Explorer shortcut?

Some Windows File Explorer shortcuts show clearly the exe that is being launched. Some are rather cryptic. For example, the Python (command line) shortcut is as below: How do I find out the ...
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copy file in 8.3 format produces “There is already a file with the same name in this location” error in windows 7

I use xcopy and batch scripting to backup newer files xcopy "src" "dest" /O /X /E /H /K /I /D. I was asked if I want to replace something which should not happen. So I did the copy process manually ...
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Windows Explorer - default window dimensions

Dumb question, but I can't figure it out. Normally, when you open an Explorer window (control + e), the window will open in a normal rectangular shape. At some point last week, I re-arranged one of ...
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Public Desktop icons plus more not showing

We have one user on one computer that all of the Public Desktop icons is missing from her computer, plus things like recycle bin. Her personal icons are showing as they should, just not the public ...
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Unknown explorer.exe crashes

Over the past week I have started to have explorer.exe crashes and as of yet have been unable to determine the cause. I am seeing in the event logs that explorer.exe is crashing and the faulting ...
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Filesize difference - CMD & Explorer

When I'm doing a dir of a folder (in CMD) and I look at the filesize, it difference from the filesize that Windows Explorer is giving me (in the detailed view). Is this normal behaviour? Thank you.
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Windows Explorer or filesystem not accessible by apps after some uptime

I am running Windows 7 and after an unknown amount of uptime Firefox, Google Chrome and other apps are not able to access the filesystem anymore until I restart the apps. Whats happening is the ...
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How to find what process(es) could spawn multiple explorer.exe processes on a Windows 7 Pro

Is it normal to have multiple explorer.exe processes running on a Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)? (So just to clarify, this is not about the iexplore.exe which is the Windows Internet Explorer browser.) I ...
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What does a tiny person icon in front of a folder icon mean in Windows Explorer, Win 7?

Please consider the following screen shot from Win 7 Windows Explorer: I'm puzzled by "rcook", particularly by the little figure in front of the yellow folder. The figure resembles one Windows ...
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Windows' Security warning on all files on local drives

Users usually can download portable software and use it from local drives withount any warning. (I mean small executables just as putty.exe or a portable application from PortableApps.com) However ...
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How do I avoid “music” customization in music sub folders? [duplicate]

Any time I open sub folders of the Music folder on this system containing MP3s with Explorer, they always have the music customization, but I tend to use file-naming conventions that don't make this ...
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Windows search with specific options

For example, i have two files: Textfile1.txt Textfile2.txt where first file is empty, and second contains string file1 Can I create a search query in standard windows explorer to match ...
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Why don't the game files appear in recent items list

The recent items list (found at %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent) has all the directories and files I access. It doesn't store information about the actual application (for eg. Word, ...
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Display contents of multiple folders in one explorer window

Let me give you an example of the rather odd functionality I'm after. Imagine you have your local HDD, an external HDD, and a usb stick, all containing a folder called "MediumMedley". When all these ...
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Hide Mac's ._ (dot underscore) files in windows

I work in an envirement where a MAC user and me as Windows user work together. The MAC generates files starting with ._. If they access a file called foo, they'll create a ._foo in the same dir. I'm ...
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Folder with 37gb of photos crashing explorer on open

I have dropbox folder which has been syncing photos automatically now for the past 2 years. Problem is, it has become so large that it crashes explorer when I open it. Crash in freezes then toolbar ...
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Only show Preview Pane in certain folders

In Windows Explorer, I have a folder where I need the Preview Pane on when I browse it, but in other folders I don't want the Preview Pane. Problem is, if you turn on the Preview Pane - it turns on ...
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Create folder and subfolders if need at once

May be my topic name is unclear ant that's why I couldn't find a solution on the internet. I want to have an ability to create a folder from Explorer with an ability to create subfolders ...
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Cannot run File explorer

When i click on library, screen resolution, personalisation or even anything that is related to file explorer (my computer, control panel & e.t.c) "explorer.exe" crashes and restarts.. and some ...
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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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Create Shell Extension to command line tool

I have an existing command line tool which accepts a file/folder path as its only argument. I want to create a Windows Explorer shell extension that, when invoked, runs the command line tool with the ...
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Windows Explorer view settings for a particular subtree

From the "Folder Option" menu in Windows Explorer, I changed the default view for all folders to be Large Icons. As far as it goes, I am happy with it. What I want to do now is, selectively use ...
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Selecting folders located in different levels of the directory structure in Windows Explorer

Is it possible to select folders located in different levels of the directory structure in Windows Explorer? Example: how can I select the folders that the underlined in red in the screenshot below? ...
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Network Share Drag and Drop to Mac OS from inside Parallels Windows VM

I am running a Windows 7 VM on a Mac OS X Yosemite host OS. I am looking to "drag and drop" files between a network share accessed through the Windows 7 VM onto folders and applications in the Mac OS ...
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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: ...
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Open the folder associated with the Command Prompt's working directory? [duplicate]

I am wondering if there is a command one could type into The Windows Command Prompt which would cause Windows Explorer to open a folder set at the Command Prompt's current working directory? (This ...
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Remove shell user folders from explorer dialog? [duplicate]

In Windows 8.1 x64, which registry modifications I should perform to remove the shell folders from this dialog?
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how can I get around the 0x80030001 error when trying to copy files from a set of search results in Windows Explorer?

I'd like to search for mp3 files in a subfolder on my Android phone and copy them to my computer so I can listen to them. These are podcasts. When I use Windows Explorer to do this I get this error ...
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In Windows, why does pressing F5 twice give hugely different results?

Say you have a running process writing to a file, over an amount of time. In the explorer process, highlighting that file will show the "current size". Subsequent F5 keypresses will update the current ...
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Windows 7 Taskbar explorer.exe shortcut open to a custom library location

I want to change the default start location of the Windows Explorer shortcut that is pinned to my Windows 7 Taskbar to be a custom library I created. Here's what I've tried: In my Libraries ...
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How to set custom thumbnail to a file in Windows Explorer?

Is it possible to set custom (any image) thumbnail to a file (on per-file basis) in Windows File Explorer? Suppose I would like to assign real book cover image to e-book in *.txt format.
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Undo move and undo copy not work window explorer

Able to undo rename and undo delete but undo move and undo copy not work(Press Ctrl + Z or Edit -> undo This is my step : Turn on status bar Create a folder and then drag a file into it Click ...
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How can I force all folders to have the same column width and display type?

I would like to set up a folder with the view I like (details, specific column widths) and have windows explorer use it for any folder. I already tried tools -> folder options -> view -> ...
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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 ...
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How do I hide a file or folder by deactivating all show and hide checkboxs in window 7 & 8

I'm trying to hiding one file or folder by deactivate all show and hide checkboxs in Windows 7 & 8. I know about changing the value of checkedvalue data to 0 in the following registry address to ...
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win 8.1 explorer eating CPU when opening “Device and Printers”

I'm facing a peculiar issue that I can't fix. I discovered recently that my Win 8.1 Update 1 (with all updates through WSUS offline) starts eating all the CPU when opening "the device and printers" ...
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Modify the tags in windows explorer details pane for folders (Windows 7)

I want to add property tags to the details pane for Windows explorer for the folder type. I have successfully done this for file types but cannot achieve this for a folder itself. To do this for files ...
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How is Windows Explorer calculating Data Rate?

When I add the "Data Rate" column in Windows Explorer and look at Windows Media Video files, it is showing a value that's much higher than expected. This is in Windows 7 64-bit. For example, the ...