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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Make multiple versions of program show up in “Open With” dialog in Windows 7

I have multiple versions of MATLAB installed (e.g. R2010b, R2012a, R2013b,...), and when I open a MATLAB file from the microsoft file explorer I want to be able to choose which version of MATLAB to ...
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Where is Internet Explorer 10 history stored?

I'm using Windows7 64 and Internet Explorer 10. I find a strange thing about my IE history: I can search history for certain pages and they show, but they are not in any of those "View by Date", ...
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Why does move sometimes leave empty folders behind?

I have noticed that when moving a folder with non-trivial structure (it contains other folders, and not only files) sometimes Windows leaves behind empty copies of the directory structure. That is, ...
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Microsoft Word Digital Signature Error: We can't read the signature please contact your help desk

I create and sign my document in Word 2013 but sometimes when I open the document and check the signature I get the error message: We can't read the signature. Please contact your help desk. In the ...
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HTTPS not working for a specific site in Internet Explorer

I need to browser a https site in IE(doesn't work with other browser due to VB script's). Everything works fine in Windows 7 but in windows XP(SP2) i can open the site in Firefox but it doesn't work ...
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Blank windows explorer windows

For some reason, my windows explorer windows now only show blank: Every time I open a new explorer window, I get the above blank screen with a never-ending "loading" cursor (arrow with spinning ...
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Create shortcut for creating new folder in windows [duplicate]

Is there any way to set a shortcut (e.g. ctrl+alt+n) for creating a new folder in windows 7? This is obviously instead of right clicking and pressing create new folder.
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Eject command in the Windows Explorer drive context menu for external HDD drives [duplicate]

If we insert a flash drive into a USB port of a pc, we have the Eject command in the latest versions of Windows Explorer: However, this very handy command doesn't appear for external USB HDD ...
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How to disable auto thumbnails rotation in Windows 8

Windows 8 has a nice feature that it rotates thumbnails of images if they captured vertically. but sometimes it's pesky. How can be this feature disabled? For example (ignore the language):
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Is there a way to see a preview (tile view) of all active windows on the Desktop?

I would like to know if there is a way to zoom out and preview all the active windows. Like this: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/mac-osx-expose-clone-for-windows-vista/ Also, here ...
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display file icon on thumbnails of specific filetypes

for quite a time my windows 7 explorer showed me thumbs for jpg files as plain image, but overlayed the filetype icon over thumbnails for mp3 and avi files. now few days ago i installed sagethumbs—an ...
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windows explorer file search not working [duplicate]

When I search for files in windows explorer, it does not find any files ("No items match your search.") event though I can see the files in the directory. For example, searching for "*.h" finds ...
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Windows Explorer IDs name

I am wondering what the string at the end of GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} is called ({ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}). I want to call it some sort of uuid, but I am not ...
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Windows 8.1 takes 10 seconds to open file explorer from taskbar (not from start menu)

I open "This PC", and right click to to "Pin this program to taskbar". Now there's a shortcut to explorer in my taskbar, but when i click it, it takes around 10 seconds before the explorer window is ...
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Opening images in Win 7 not working anymore - “ COM surrogate has stopped working ” error

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, with all updates installed. Suddenly, from some moment on today I can no longer open images with Windows Photo Viewer. I get " COM surrogate has stopped working " ...
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Searching for digital certificate on hard drive and reusing it

Years ago I had to use a digital certificate for access to some web based application at college. It was provided by the "laboratory" where we used it. Presently it so happened that I will need to use ...
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Why Windows 8 is summing files only if they less than 100 files, and how can this number be increased?

I'm using Windows 8.1 and I noticed that when I select less than 100 files, I can see their total size on the status bar. but if I select 100 files (and more), I need to open files' properties in ...
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Windows C Drive error - Fault Module Name: ffdshow.ax

Problem Event Name: APPCRASH Application Name: explorer.exe Application Version: 6.1.7600.16385 Application Timestamp: 4a5bc60d Fault Module Name: ffdshow.ax Fault ...
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How can I run an application with arguments from Windows Explorer?

Is there an easy way to launch an application from Windows Explorer with arguments? Or do I have to actually run them from the command line?
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OS X style duplicate file command on Windows 7/8

Is it possible to replicate the behavior of the OS X Finder's context menu "Duplicate" function in Windows 7 and 8? Since third party software can inject context menu items for Windows Explorer I ...
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How to get rid of 'Network' menu item in Windows Explorer

I tried to delete it from context menu > Delete and it pops up Confirm Delete dialog and when I am pressing Yes - nothing happens. I am using Win7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit.
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Open Sharepoint link in Explorer

I have a Sharepoint URL starting with http://. Whether I type it into Windows` Run command or use start ... on the command line, the URL will be opened in the browser. However, in Sharepoint itself ...
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Running Windows Explorer from Windows 2000 under Windows 7

I dislike the Windows Explorer built in to Windows 7. Is there a way to start the classic Windows Explorer that is present on Windows 2000 (both the panel and the file manager) under Windows 7? I ...
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How to change the location of details pane in Windows 8 file explorer (to left side)

I have been looking for a way to change the location of details pane in Windows 8 file explorer. All I've found is how to show it on bottom just like Windows 7. But I want to move it to the left side ...
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A folder misbehaving on windows 7 [closed]

I have a single folder that is exhibiting some strange behavior in the explorer my directory looks something like this Documents/Parent/StrangeFolder/ChildFolders When I try to open any of the ...
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Use a label or tag system instead of a path system for Windows files

Is there any way to use a label or tag system (like Gmail) instead of the path system (Explorer) that Windows 7 uses? I have files that I want to be able to find from multiple directories without ...
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Windows Explorer Does Not Include Hidden Files' Size When Calculating Folder Size

It seems Windows Explorer does not include the sizes of "hidden" files when calculating the parent folder size, even when I check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" in the "Folder and Search ...
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How to link to desktop and have windows explorer use the path?

I want to add a link to the desktop to windows explorer's favorites menu that will use the path C:\Users\fred\Desktop instead of Desktop. One small advantage of this is the ability to go Up one level. ...
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Make Windows 8.1 File Explorer open in “This PC” view

Up until the recent Windows 8.1 update, I used this guide and it worked flawlessly: ...
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How Search File Content in Windows 8 File Explorer?

I'm stumped as to how the search function is Windows 8 File Explorer is supposed to work. I'm trying to search the content of some text files under a sub-folder of My Documents. In File Explorer ...
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How to set path to Windows 7 default icons using explorer?

I need to set up a icon in Ultimate Windows Context Menu Customizer for restart function. Program ask to select icon. I need to select appropriate icon which is provided with Windows 7 DLL libraries. ...
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Open specific folder/path in Explorer with run dialog

I want to set up a way to open some path with the run diaglog (Windows + R). Let's say I type in repo and windows would open a explorer in C:\foo\bar\svn. Is there a better way than creating a ...
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C:\Users now reads C:\Google Drive

During a change of the folder location for Google Drive, Explorer crashed and when the dust cleared the "C:\Users" directory was now renamed to "C:\Google Drive". To add insult to injury, the folder ...
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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 to get rid of “Folders” and “Network locations” links in Explorer in Windows 8.1?

Let me explain with a couple of screenshots. I just upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 and now I get a bunch of useless shortcuts in Windows Explorer when I try to open a file, or if I just plainly go to ...
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How to reset the look of .htm file icon?

My htm/html files saved on the desktop in Windows 8 looked like this: Now when I upgraded to Windows 8.1 they look like this: How can I return their previous look? PS. I went as far as tried to ...
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Switching to the File-In-Use dialog with the keyboard?

In Windows Vista and up, when you try to move, delete, or rename a file that is locked, Explorer will display a File In Use dialog that lets you Retry or Cancel. The problem is that this dialog is ...
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Win Explorer shortcut to expand folder in navigation pane

Is there a shortcut ( or a setting ) to expand the navigation pane folders to the currently open folder in the right pane ? I seem to recall Win2K and maybe XP era explorer did that automatically, but ...
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Can you make Windows 7 not localize folder names?

I am running preinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium (Nordic, in Finnish for me). My C:\ folder of course has the Users folder, but its name is in Finnish. Clicking on the folder name in Explorer shows ...
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Replace OneDrive with Dropbox in Windows 8.1

I was wondering if you can replace OneDrive with Dropbox. It looks like this right now: I would like Dropbox to appear where OneDrive is now, and perhaps uninstall and completely remove OneDrive. ...
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Suspend explorer.exe rather than killing the process

Because my favorite game StarCraft looks rather ugly (colors are broken) on new versions on windows, I use a batch file to kill explorer and make the game look normal: rem Kill the explorer process ...
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How to prevent Windows Explorer from slowly reading file content to create metadata?

We have directories containing hundreds of video files. When using Windows Explorer (Windows 7 64 Pro) to browse and rearrange these directories, Explorer slows down to an unusable level, uses ...
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What's the executable for the Windows 8.1 desktop shell?

I have a dedicated machine that I use as Steam Box, it loads steam.exe in Big Picture mode on boot for a kiosk-ish like boot. In Windows 7 when I needed to use the desktop I could Ctrl-Alt-Del then ...
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Windows 7 - Show thumbnails for special image formats

I have several images on my computer some of them are in special image formats like .hdr, .exr, .tif. WIndows shows thumbnails previews for common image formats only, e.g .jpg, .png. How can I get ...
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External USB drive not in File Explorer but shows in Disk Management

Freecom 500GB USB drive does not appear in File Explorer on Windows 8 when powering up (drive already plugged in). Disk however DOES appear in "Safely Remove Hardware". Immediately upon clicking ...
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SHCreateStreamOnFileEX thread in explorer.exe using high cpu

My computer: Dell, i5 2410m CPU , Windows 8 OS Symptoms: -when windows explorer is running, high (~ 40 % ) CPU usage. -explorer, or the desktop does not refresh automtically What I've found ...
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Can an administrator of a Windows domain see a user's password?

I'm in a corporate domain. My computer has Windows 7 and Office 2007, so I guess that the server is running Windows Server 2008 or something similar. I am allowed to change the password of my computer ...
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Can't copy or delete certain files and explorer.exe uses over 50% CPU

Not sure what to do. I can't copy, overwrite or delete certain files in certain locations, like the desktop. They look like they are copying or deleting but the get stuck at 0%. Also, explorer.exe ...
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Speedier File Access in Window Manager/File Explorer when File Names have Similar Starts

I was wondering both from a Windows [7] and a GNU-Linux system set-up perspective: When you are opening files in the File Explorer/Window Manager and you type in the first letters in the file's name ...
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Windows Explorer crashes on right click or startup

I am having problems using Windows Explorer on Windows 8. Whenever I start the program from the taskbar, it immediately crashes. However, I can gain access to it by opening it with any folder (e.g. ...