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 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 ...
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How to make Microsoft Windows 7 Search display the actual Folder Location instead of some cryptic path?

I am very dissatisfied with the search offered by Windows 7 Explorer. Let me first explain what happens, and what I expect: I have a folder c:\test. When I use explorer-search and search for test, ...
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Explorer Preview Pane locking files

im looking into an annoying issue with the explorer preview pane. We are using Windows 8.1, server 08 R2 upstairs. To my understanding, when viewing a file with the preview pane it opens an instance ...
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Keyboard shortcut for getting into the content pane on a Windows Explorer

I need to know if there is a keyboard shortcut for getting into the content pane on a Windows Explorer. I already know the keyboard shortcut for getting into the address bar (Alt + D). Also, I know ...
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How to analyze sporadic lag in explorer

So my Windows 7 (64 bit) system is lagging from time to time. It happens when I open the start menu and start typing something or open the explorer. It seems that it always comes down to the explorer ...
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Lousy “My Computer”

I have a problem with "My Computer" or "This PC" or "Windows File Explorer", whatever you may call it. When I press Windows+E to open "This PC", there are no drives shown and it keeps on loading and ...
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I can't delete a folder that's on my desktop, even after I've tried many different methods [duplicate]

Could not find this item. This is no longer located in C:\Users\(censored)\Desktop. Verify the item's location and try again. I have tried different solutions from people who have also had ...
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“Open the current folder in Explorer” in TexMaker?

Many IDEs natively provide a way to easily open the current folder in Explorer. Is there any way to do this in TexMaker? E.g. in Microsoft Visual Studio, I use:
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Computer's folder on network empty, after I login into it

I am trying to access another computer's files on my network, but I am having a problem. When I go to Windows Explorer --> then click on Network --> then click on another computer on my network --> ...
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Get rid of the file explorer grey bar line

I have just received my Asus ROG G750 with Windows 8.1. On the file explorer I get a grey bar that seems resizable but that doesn't move and I don't know what it is. Here is a screenshot of the file ...
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none of options selected in show hidden files in folder option

I want to show my hidden files in one folder but when I go to folder options and view and select the "show hidden files" option, and after OK there is no effect in my folders. Stranger is that when I ...
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Window Explorer shows only Arrange by Author

When I browse to Libraries > Documents the "Arrange by:" dropdown at the top right of the selected folder pane shows only "Arrange by: Author". All the other options e.g. Date Modified, Tag, Type, ...
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Windows explorer stop responding on laptop startup

From few days ago, I am seeing windows explorer not working or not responding on my laptop startup. The whole desktop screen and also mouse cursor stop responding. I have to wait for some time and ...
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Finding a file by typing out its first letters on Windows 7

In some folders there are files who have similar names, say AuthorA_2005_PaperOnSomething or AuthorA_2006_PaperOnWord Usually this problem does not occur and when I start typing, the first hit ...
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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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Permanently remove Folder from This PC

I've already removed the Folders from This PC a couple of times. But I guess after some Windows Updates, these folder return! Is there a solution that these folders remain removed or hidden (under ...
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Hide specific sub-folders in Explorer Navigation Pane

I have found many variations of this question, but nothing quite like I want. I want to hide various subfolders in the navigation pane - specifically the folders I have already hidden in my User ...
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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?