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 can I launch Windows Explorer with a particular Libraries folder open?

I can look up where the library is e.g. GetRegKey("HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders\Personal") & "\Job Applications" but that doesn't open ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Use always Windows Explorer-style Open/Save dialog box

There are two types of "Open file" dialogs. One is "Windows Explorer-style dialog" The other, "Places bar dia I would like to use always the Windows Explorer-style dialog, since it is ...
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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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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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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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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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Viewing Adobe pdf file's first page as a thumbnail on windows 7 explorer

I'm using windows 7 64-bit. I installed Adobe CS6, and Adobe Acrobat X Pro. There was a problem with viewing first page of pdf file as thumbnail. I couldn't find official solution. Then I tried ...
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Remove 'Homegroup' and 'Network' from left pane?

How can I go about removing the 'Homegroup' and 'Network' tabs in the left pane of the explorer in Windows 8.1? I tried Windows 7 Navigation Pane Customizer, but it was very glitchy and didn't work ...
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Chrome won't download/Internet Explorer opens on own

All of a sudden my Chrome browser won't download the complete file of whatever it is I'm trying to get. What I get says either that it is a incomplete file (and they are much smaller than the one I ...
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Windows Explorer - Different Behaviour for Double-Click of Files and Folders

I want to have a different behavior for double-click in Windows Explorer (Windows 7) for folders and files. Folders should be opened with double-click, but neither documents nor executables should ...
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Thumbnails for audio files just like in Unity?

I really like Unity audio thumbnails. Is there any way I can preview audio files like this in Windows explorer or Total Commander ?
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Customize icon size of the Quick Access Toolbar in Win 8 Explorer?

Is it possible to enlarge the tiny icons of the Quick Access Toolbar of the Explorer of Win 8?
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how do I stop Windows XP from switching to ActiveDesktop?

I usually keep my background a plain black solid color,however from time to time windows will display the message saying "active desktop recovery" on a white background. this is very annoying and ...
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Servers Not Showing Up in Windows Explorer

I've got 2 servers at my house (Ubuntu 13.10 & Windows 2012). After renaming the servers, they aren't showing up on any of the Windows computers. Any ideas why this is happening? I've restarted ...
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Windows sometimes cannot find folder

This happens fairly frequently on my Windows 7 desktop, I'm manipulating folders (moving, renaming, deleting, etc) and a window pops up saying: Item not found. This item is no longer located in: ...
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Windows Explorer multiple folder instances

I use Windows 7 and I have created shortcuts for some of the folders I use most frequently in order to place them on taskbar for easy access to them. For example, I have folder Favorites pinned to the ...
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Is there a way to abort a explorer network file open (without pulling out network)?

I was browsing some files with the default explorer on Windows 7 on a network drive located in a building on the other side of the country when I accidentally tried to open a pdf file of 400+ MB. The ...
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Adding an Windows 7 Explorer indexable custom property to an excel file

I have a folder full of Excel files which are customer invoices. Each morning I check my bank, find amounts that have been paid into my account and then do a search in the invoice folder to find an ...
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Windows 8.1 Opens a File Explorer Window on Polling External Drives

I just upgraded to Windows 8.1 from 8.0. I have 3 external HDDs. Now when Windows polls the external drives it automatically opens a File Explorer window at the root of the drive. Every time the OS ...
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Windows 7 Explorer keeps crashing

I currently have an issue with Windows Explorer. It keeps crashing when I browse through a network drive. This is happening on several computers. I have already obtained a crash dump file but it ...
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Have all tags from all folders appear in tags tab drop-down

I have a Windows 8 and Windows 7 computers. I have an internal office network and we all share files on an external hard drive connected wirelessly. We are trying to organize these files and the tags ...
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Unable to start Windows explorer = The procedure entry point memcpy_s could not be located in the dynamic library msvcrt.dll

I keep getting the error Explorer.exe - Entry point not found The procedure entry point memcpy_s could not be located in the dynamic library msvcrt.dll Whenever I log-in to Windows XP. ...
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How can I force Windows to display the seconds in the date modified/created column of Explorer?

This is primarily for Windows 7, but I work in multiple versions and would happy to be able to do it in as many of them as possible. Currently, when I open Explorer and look at a list of files, the ...
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Changing default names for new files created via the explorer context menu

So we have prank wars going on in the IT department and I'd like to do something original because turning people's screens upside down, hiding icons and hooking up USB ports to the reset button is ...
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Windows 7 : Stop showing tooltip when hovering oppened applications on taskbar and instantly show thumbnails preview

I'm having a hard time figuring out somethihng on windows 7. I would like to disable the useless tooltip from showing on my taskbar application icons once i hover my mouse on them and instead i would ...
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Windows explorer fast to open across network, but slow on the host machine

Apologies if this has been asked elsewhere - I can find plenty of "fast local, slow across network" references, but none regarding the opposite. I have a machine running Windows XP SP3 ("Remote") and ...
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How to stop windows update from restoring the default libraries?

Every month when Microsoft rolls in the latest Windows security fixes, one of these updates seems to think that I accidentally deleted the libraries "Music", "Pictures", and "Videos" and restores them ...
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Why would updated and copied files not update their Modified (timestamp) property in Explorer?

I have a workflow where I modify files in XPMode on a Windows 7 machine, copy the modified files to a mapped computer (to a folder on the Windows 7 C drive), and then from there, in Windows 7 (outside ...
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Merging Folders/Moving Files: always replace file if new one is larger

I have a few hundred folders of photos that I was able to recover. It's great since I had to really root around through other sources to build a new archive of these same photos. However, I know that ...
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How can I restore open folders when restarting explorer.exe?

Sometimes I have to restart explorer.exe, but I often have many folders open, that get closed in the process. How can I still have these folders open after restarting explorer.exe? I was also thinking ...
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Display different icons for different properties of a file (in the Windows Explorer)

Is it possible to set an icon for files with a specified extension ( .abc ) but not from an icon file? What I mean is if I can have a program (.jar or .bat) to decide the icon of these files. In the ...
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Change size of Windows 7 Explorer most recently used searches list

Is it possible to increase the size of Windows 7 search MRU list? Below is URL to screenshot which describes what I'm saying about. The default 3 items in list is not always convenient. I know ...
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How to force Windows 8 to re-read CD/DVD drive?

Only once in a blue moon have i ever seen this before Windows 8, but now it is a constant problem. When changing media in my CD/DVD drive (SAMSUNG SH-S203N) whatever was previously in the drive is ...
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Why does Windows Explorer show up in task manager as “explorer.EXE”?

I’ve been noticing that Windows Explorer’s file name in the Task Manager, ends with .EXE instead of .exe. I decided to kill the process and restart Explorer. Now it shows up as explorer.exe, however ...
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Root folder on system disk (C:) doesn't get updated under Windows

I have a strange experience under my Windows 7 (HP x64 SP1). Contents of root folder on system disk doesn't get updated (refreshed) automatically, just like for all other folders. When I have ...
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how to set/organise files [of target] in same folder structure as their duplicates are in source?

I have two drives with the same files, but the directory structure is totally different. For example, drive A has: /foo/bar/123.txt /foo/bar/234.txt /foo/bar/dir/567.txt Whereas drive B has: ...
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Open multiple files in order in Windows 7

In Windows XP, when you selected multiple files in Explorer, then chose an app from the context menu (Open With, etc.), that app would open the selected files in the selected order. In Windows 7, it ...
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Windows 8 Explorer hides the system partition of another disk

I have a another disk attached by SATA on the motherboard and there are two partitions inside, one is a system partition, another one is logical disk. I can't view the system partition by using ...
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Why do I get an error that says “Server Execution Failed” everytime I try to open things?

I get the error "Server Execution Failed" when trying to open different things. I can open some things, but I get the error whenever I try to open Control Panel, Documents, Program Files, C:\Windows, ...
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Can't see file information (other than the size) in status bar

As of today, I can no longer see any file information in the status bar of my Windows Explorer window. I can see the number of files selected, the size and the zone. No date information. I've tried: ...
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Windows explorer seemingly not running on startup with Windows XP

For some strange reason, the start menu, taskbar and desktop icons are not running on my computer. I can still run task manager, and the locking screen and screensaver still work. According to the ...
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Add Windows Explorer context menu item for SASS --watch option?

How would I add a context menu item when right-clicking a .scss file to get SASS to watch it? Example CLI command: sass --watch MySassStyle.scss --style compressed The above command is used after ...
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Windows XP error message: “Windows cannot find 'explorer.exe'”

In Windows XP I can open "My Computer" and see all the hard drives. I can also see the explorer.exe process running among other processes in Task Manager. But after opening "My Computer", when I ...