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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Up to parent directory in Windows Explorer

Currently, if you go to one of your Libraries in Windows Explorer (i.e. home, My Documents, etc.), and you press the "Up to Parent" button, instead of navigating to the actual parent directory, you ...
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Windows 10 File-Explorer Detail Filter only temporary

I'm using Windows 10 Enterprise and every time I try to filter in File-Explorer Detail view, as I try to select any file, or just clicking anywhere the filter selection is resetted and i just see all ...
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Can you add a search box on contextual menus?

Considering that I have a pretty long context menu on Windows Explorer, I was wondering if there is a way to add a search box to the context menu, that will allow me to quickly filter items. The ...
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Windows 10 open with context menu does not show network applications

When right clicking a file in Explorer in my Windows 10, the sub menu of the context menu entry Open with is empty. I only have the option Choose another app When i click on the Home tab in explorer ...
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How to make Windows Explorer release focus on a file in selected and highlighted like the “open containing folder” action in search results

I want to type a command in RUN or make a hyperlink to focus on a specific file (among so many files) in the folder in a highlighted figure like when you mouse over the file or when you click the ...
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Windows 10 explorer crashes if shortcut to unreachable network location

This is my scenario: I have a laptop with Windows 10 joined to an Active Directory Domain, with some shortcut and links to directory on some servers. When I'am connected to the Domain network ...
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Is it possible to remove folders from Windows explorer navigation pane?

Is it possible to remove certain folders from that menu? I never store anything in the documents or downloads or music or pictures or videos folders. The only one I need there is desktop. Is there a ...
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'Classic Shell' shell extension messed up explorer

On a Windows 10 box, installing and uninstalling the shell extension 'Classic Shell' has left some issues behind. Notably, attempting to use the 'New Folder' button in the explorer window downright ...
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Integrate .7z like .zip into windows explorer?

Is there a way to integrate .7z files like .zip files in Windows explorer. Where (like .zip) you double click the .7z file and the directory is opened in the explorer. Providing a password for ...
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“Enable context menus and dragging and dropping” is missing from Start Menu Properties

Right context menus are missing when I try to right click on an icon in my start menu, for example if I want to run as administrator. I've found a couple places on the web that suggest that I need to ...
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How can I change the default file window parameters for window 7?

This How can I change the default file presentation for Windows XP applies to XP and the directions and link in the answer are not applicable (Link broken). I would like windows to come up set to ...
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Clicking anything in Start menu crashes Explorer [closed]

Whenever I try clicking a link in Start Menu (both the list of frequently used apps you see when you just open the menu and the All Programs folder) Explorer crashes and restarts. Data that might or ...
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Windows is showing two icons for each file in search. Why?

I've made a search in Local Disk to find all my PDF files. When the search concluded, each file has two icons. Screenshot to illustrate the problem: When I click in one of the "pair of files" ...
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How to search Windows 10 for ANY occurrence of a word?

I never heavily used the search feature on Windows 7, so I don't know if the issue persists on versions outside of 10. I'm trying to search through a lot of files using Windows' file browser search ...
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Windows 10 Quick Access list only allows one mapped network drive item?

My Windows 10 Pro (Build 10586.71) Quick Access list is only allowing one folder from my mapped network drives to appear at any given time. When I drag a new folder from a mapped network drive to the ...
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Issue getting DLL handle using process explorer

I am trying to see how a certain section of Windows is "built", more specifically the interaction between winlogon.exe, msgina.dll and keymgr.dll When I launch Process Explorer or Dependancy Walker I ...
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Library icon appears at the back of some small icons in thumbnails view

I want to remove music library icon that appeared behind some of icons. I think it affects files without 128x128 icons. It began after installation of Windows 10 icons. I have Windows 7 x64. I ...
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How to remove a file inside a folder from current selection in Windows Explorer?

Say I have several folders and bunch of files inside each of them. I want to copy it all expect for one file inside one of the folders. I don't want to temporally move the file and then put it back. ...
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Copy Dialog Box is not shown while copying

I seem to have a peculiar problem in Windows. So let's get straight to the point, A few days back i've attempted to copy a 10GB folder between my desktop and an external hard drive. When I copied the ...
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Windows 10 quick access does not group items

The quick access folder in the Windows 10 explorer usually groups the items by type, first all folders and then all files: I have one machine where for one user that grouping is missing: For ...
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Windows 10 combine home/share/view menu

Its quick simple, in Windows 10 you have folder views like home/share/view/play/etc I have big enough monitors that I can combine these and have them displayed at once. It drives me insane having to ...
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Blank context menu items in Windows 10

From time to time, and recently constantly, the context menu in Explorer on my Mac Pro running Windows 10 is missing most of the items - they are simply blank: I've also experienced that graphic ...
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Windows 10 pinned folder behavior

In windows 8 I was able to pin a folder to the taskbar and when I right clicked my mouse over it I was given give a list of recently accessed folders and also able to pin them. Now, after upgrading ...
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Did I get hacked? Weird chinese files in Win 10 “recent files”

Whenever I open the file browser, I see this in last files: All of the above files should be on Desktop, where I do see nothing. I tried to google translate the file names, but no good. I tried to ...
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Windows Explorer AQS: Search for songs less than a specific amount of seconds

I am trying to use Windows Explorer's Advanced Query Syntax to search for song files in a folder that are less than 10 seconds long. I tried the following statement, but it returns everything. ...
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Windows 10 Address Bar Edit Text Resize?

Whenever I misclick the address bar in Windows Explorer such that Explorer thinks I want to type the address, the address bar shrinks, cutting off most of the text. Please see the images to see what ...
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Why I cannot unpin some directories from file explorer in windows 10

Happen to me recently All the pinned folder malfunction when clicked. I got a message saying that folders doesn't exist (even though they exist) Also I can't delete those folders from the explorer ...
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Launch Modern-UI 'Settings' without Explorer

I'm attempting to open Windows Settings in Windows 10 on a computer with explorer replaced as a shell via group policy. In Windows 7 up I can press ctrl+shift+esc, and once task manager has launched, ...
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Shortcut to kill a process that's pinned on the taskbar?

Is there any extension/shortcut that i can create that allows me to kill a taskbar-pinned application? The reason i need this is i often missclick the icons and most of the apps take quite a while to ...
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Windows Explorer - restore list of favorites from previous OS version

I broke my Windows 10 installation (but not my files) by overclocking. I am moving the files to a Windows 7 installation, but I cannot figure out how to transfer the contents of Explorer's Favorites, ...
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How do you display the Settings window in Windows 10 when Explorer is not the Shell?

Using a Windows Shell replacement to Explorer in Windows 7 has worked well. Moving our Shell to Windows 10 is also working, but with a few unwanted side effects, including the fact that I cannot ...
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How to make Windows Explorer preview panel to show LibreOffice files preview?

On my work, Windows Explorer can show preview of Microsoft Office documents using Windows Explorer's preview panel (View > Press "preview panel" icon and select a Microsoft Office file). That computer ...
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Replace windows explorer as default file viewer in windows 10?

Is there a way to set another program as the default program that opens when opening a folder or "My Computer"? I would like to replace Windows explorer with another program e.g. FreeCommander. I ...
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How to enable drag-and-drop in(to) the navigation of the Windows 10 explorer?

Image of me not being able to drag and drop the file on the right into the folder on the left: I can drop it into the folder above "(downloaded) setups and programs", but only via the right ...
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Windows Explorer does not provide options to burn to cd-rw

Opening the CD Drive in Computer does not have a Burn to Disk drop area. The disk is already formatted for CD/DVD Player use. Other sites suggested: Check driver in Device Manager. [Admin only. ...
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How to have an extension behave like .html in IE?

I'd like to have a custom file extension .test to behave like .html in Internet Explorer. How can I do this (regedit,...) ?
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In Windows, Is there a way to determine a notepad files path from an open Notepad file?

This happens to me often enough , that I would like to figure it out. I'll have a code file open in Notepad, but I don't recall what directory it's located in. Sometimes, when I navigate to File ...
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WIndows 10, copy/merge folder dialog option backwards?

Steps to Reproduce Set Windows Explorer Options to "Hide folder merge conflicts" unchecked Create a folder called folderA Create a folder called folderB Copy folderA to folderB Move folderA to ...
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How could I remove odrive from Explorer's sidebar, remove odrive completely?

What is odrive? The application is supposed to link up with all your cloud accounts, and you could reach your files without having them on your computer. Kinda like how Wuala worked, and also ADrive ...
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Explorer.EXE Crash, Related to SHELL32.dll

I recently experienced another Windows Explorer crash. I have been experiencing Windows Explorer crashes sporadically for some time now. I was able to capture the event log. Context: Occurs commonly ...
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Windows Explorer Won't Launch (Windows 10)

So this is my first post, because despite spending 4 hours attempting troubleshooting my issue last night nothing appeared to work. I'm using a 4 year old Dell Inspiron 620, so it's not the best PC, ...
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Search for parts of file name in File Explorer on Windows 10

In earlier versions of Windows it was possible to search for parts of the filename by typing e.g. filename:~="car" in the search box. It worked for file names where car was not following a space like ...
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Fastest way to open “This PC”

I'm used to pressing the Windows Key+E to open a new window in File Explorer with Computer. Windows 10 changed this to be Quick Access, which isn't useful to me. How can I change it back to Computer, ...
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What is the fastest way to select the even files in a Windows folder?

I have a Windows Explorer folder that contains files that are named file0001, file0002 etc. I would like to select and open only the files with an even number in the name. My approach is the ...
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Windows 8.1 start screen slow to open folders

When I use the windows 8.1 start screen to open specifically a folder, it takes almost 4 seconds to open up folder shortcuts. Its super annoying. If I open a program, its instant. If I open up the ...
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How does Windows explorer know which icons to display?

Or put in other words: where is the icons of program files stored? I have read something about specific icon files, but I figure if that's where they're stored, there still has to be some reference in ...
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Why doesn't Windows Explorer support directly copying WAV files from Music CDs?

As far as I understand, Music CDs are nothing more than some metadata along with a bunch of WAV files. So why doesn't Windows (by default) allow one to copy WAV files from a CD?
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Which is the real size of a file in disk in Windows? [duplicate]

When I create a .txt file with just one character, I found that the explorer check the size in 1KB but when I check in properties they said 1bytes and size from disk 4KB, so wich is the real size on ...
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File Explorer doesn't open

Every time I click on my File Explorer icon on my desktop, the computer flashes on the screen and seems to re-load every time. I'm unable to simply click the File Explorer icon and have it open up. ...
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How do I make Quick Access in Windows 10 update to the Folder Redirections path?

We have a Domain Network configured with Group Policy to enable folder redirection on all client machines for Desktop, Documents etc. This group policy is applied and works perfectly, however, the ...