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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What is the easiest way to find and replace text in 20 text files in a directory?

I have 20 text files with various extensions in a directory. I want to replace "nnn" with "ooo" in all files. I could import them into a project in Eclipse or Visual Studio to replace them all but ...
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How to launch Windows Explorer with the privileges of a different domain user?

My Windows 7 computer is connected to a Windows network at the workplace. There are two domains in use on this network, EMPLOYEES and TESTERS. I have logins on both domains, for example EMPLOYEES\Joe ...
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Why does Windows Explorer not recognise Visual Studio 2010b2 solution files?

(No actual programming involved, hence posting here instead of SO.) A couple of days ago I installed Visual Studio 2010 beta 2 on freshly installed Windows 7 box. This has never had VS2010 beta 1 ...
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Change the folder that Windows Explorer starts at

In Windows7, when you open the Windows Explorer using the pinned Windows Explorer button on taskbar, it opens WE and points it to My Documents folder. Is there a way to change this so it doesn't open ...
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Why is a subst drive usable from a command prompt but not Windows 7 explorer

I have a registry key under [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] The value of the key is "c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe" /c subst t: e:\MyFolder More often than not when ...
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How can I add a program to the context menu of all files?

Similar to the way Notepad++ adds "Edit with Notepad++" to the context menu of all files, or how most Antivirus products will add a global "Scan this file" option, I would like to add a particular ...
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Change file icons in Windows 7

The Folder Options dialog in Windows XP Explorer had a File Types tab that allowed one to change a file type's icon. Windows 7 doesn't have this. Is there a way to change file icons without changing ...
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Windows Explorer shows different third-party context menus in 32-bit mode on Vista 64

I have several third-party applications that add their actions to the menu that's enabled by right-clicking on files in a Windows Explorer. These are tools such as TortoiseSVN. It usually works fine, ...
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How would I replace default Windows Explorer with an alternative one, say Q-Dir?

I would like to re-map existing shortcuts, right-clicks, etc so Q-Dir is opened instead of default Windows Explorer. short of renaming ``explorer.exe in Windows folder - are there any settings I need ...
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Finding all shortcuts to a file/application

On Windows is there a way to find all shortcuts for a given file/application? This is something I hope to eventually execute programmatically.
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Modifying value of “Rating” column within Explorer for arbitrary file types

Basically, I have a large body of assorted media (text, images, flash files, archives, folders, etc...) and I'm attempting to organize it. Windows Explorer has a rating column, but there seems to be ...
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How to force Vista explorer to display reasonable columns?

I have four .zip files in a directory. Vista Explorer displays them and gives me the columns: Date taken (???) Tags Size Rating I want, however: Date last modified Size I know I can ...
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How can I prevent Windows Explorer from suggesting hidden folders?

In Windows 7, if you view a hidden folder, its name gets saved in the history like any other folder's would. That means that the path autocomplete feature will display it in the list of suggestions, ...
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Shorter shortcuts for explorer context menu entries?

As I understand it, in order to select an entry in the context menu in windows explorer, you have to select the file, press shift + F10 to open the context menu, press the underlined shortcut, and ...
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Accessing SFTP folders transparently in Explorer on Windows 7

One feature available on Linux (using Nautilus from Gnome) that I really like a lot is the ability to access remote servers via SFTP just by typing sftp://server/folder and saving those as bookmarks. ...
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How can I force “Open With” in the context menu to skip directly to browsing for a program file

When opening a file of an unknown type Win 7 will first offer to use the web service to search for a program. I find this screen useless and would like to skip it. After I select to use an installed ...
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How to generate thumbnails for less common video containers (mkv, ogm, mp4, flv, rmvb and mov) in windows 7 explorer? [duplicate]

So how to generate thumbnails for these containers? I know that the install of "DivX Plus Tech Preview: MKV on Windows 7" does it for MKV. But I think that only some registry changes are really ...
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Windows explorer locks files

I'm using Office 2010 & Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. My problem starts when I attempt to save e-mail messages to my PC that I have received via Outlook (my ISP is Comcast). I'm using the ...
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Windows Explorer slow to open networked computer, fast to navigate once opened

I open Windows Explorer and enter an IP for a computer on my home network (\\192.168.1.101). It takes 30 seconds or more to present a list of the shared folders. It does not appear to be an initial ...
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how to remove an entry from system tray?

I've searched for an answer to this one and I haven't found one yet. How do i remove a single item from Windows' System tray? I'm targeting Windows XP. Edit: This is not about preventing items from ...
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How do I fix the display of Windows 7's Control Panel?

This has really bugged me since I took the plunge and upgraded to Windows 7. I think everything is great on the whole apart from the Control Panel. Instead of ordering from top to bottom like in ...
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How to open a terminal quickly from a file explorer at a folder in Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows Console in Explorer Context Menu This can be done easily in Ubuntu, just right click and open Terminal. It is very inconvenient to open cmd.exe then cd to the ...
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Using Windows Explorer, how to find file names starting with a dot (period), in 7 or Vista?

I've got a MacBook laptop in the house, and when Mac OS X copies files over the network, it often brings along hidden "dot-files" with it. For instance, if I copy "SomeUtility.zip", there will also ...
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Explorer does not auto-refresh

When I create a folder or copy files, after the operation finishes I have to manually refresh the Explorer window (F5). For example, when I create a folder, I don't see the "New Folder" until I hit ...
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Sort files by date modified, but folders always before files in Windows Explorer?

I can sort files and directories in Windows Explorer by date modified. I always let recent files display first. When I sort by date modified, directories alway displayed after files. Is it possible ...
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Why are Icon Overlays (from 3rdParty-Apps) not showing up in the Win8 Explorer?

These wonderful icon overlays that give you useful information in the Windows Explorer are not showing up. It's the most annoying with Dropbox (I already read https://www.dropbox.com/help/154/en). I ...
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Copy content of txt file without opening it

Is there a way or program to copy content of .txt file to clipboard without opening it? Now I have to open->ctrl+a->ctrl+c->close. A little bit annoying if you do it often. Is there a ...
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How can you do a clean shutdown of Windows Explorer?

Windows Explorer is the default shell under Windows (since Windows 95). Sometimes you need to restart it, so my usual way is to kill it using the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc, click on Processes, ...
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How can I clean up my Windows Explorer context menu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Editor for Windows Explorer’s context menu So when I right-click a file in Explorer I have a bunch of added menu items. There are a few I would like to keep ...
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Windows Explorers file attribute column values

Anyone know of a good resource for all of the values and definition in the windows explorers file attribute column?
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Windows Explorer Hangs on Right-Click

I am not sure if this is the right site to post this one as I typically post coding questions on stackoverflow. But I'll ask anyways and hopefully someone can move it if it's incorrect. Currently I ...
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How to determine exactly which file actions will be reverted when doing an Undo in Windows Explorer?

I had a brain fart and forgot which was the last file action I performed in Windows Explorer on XP SP3. Explorer offers an Undo but I am not 100% confident I remember what was the last operation I ...
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Win + E keyboard shortcut stopped working

I've managed to mess up my Win + E shortcut, such that it gives me the following error message: Is there any way to manually restore this shortcut? I'm running Windows 7
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How do you hide Windows 7 Explorer Toolbar and Property Bar?

In Windows 7, Windows Explorer has a large bar just above the status bar that contains properties of the highlighted item. Is it possible to hide this? It takes up a significant amount of screen ...
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How can I change a network password that Windows Explorer has saved?

I use Windows 7 and I saved my login to a server in the network. But meanwhile my password has changed. When I now try to access that server then Windows Explorer automatically uses the old user and ...
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How to view full path in search results?

I really hate the way Search Results works in Windows 7. You get something like this: ...and, wanting to see the full path (why doesn't it show you that automaticlly, either by making that column ...
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Map network drive for Google Drive to appears as a normal drive in Windows Explorer

Is it possible to "map network drive" for Google Drive so it appears as a usual Windows drive in Explorer? (And on a Mac and Linux?)
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How can I make all Windows 7 folders show in the same view mode?

I have Windows 7 and I am wondering how to make all items in a folder show up in the detail view by default. How can I accomplish this?
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Vista tree view: disabling fade-out of tree nodes

When using a tree view (e.g. the folders list in Explorer), there are little triangles next to each node which contains sub-nodes. Unfortunately, they fade out as soon as one leaves the tree view with ...
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Escape from Windows 7 “Search Results” path

When I do a search for files on my system with Windows 7 built-in search, it opens a window with search results. If ones of the results is a folder and I open it, I go to a location like ...
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How to change windows explorer view by keyboard?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to switch to a specific view in windows 7 explorer, e.g. "details", "list", "large icons" etc? Or do I have to use the mouse to change the view via dropdown menu "Change ...
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Do user-specified shortcut keys for Windows only work on certain directories?

I am trying to mute my computer's speakers by pressing a shortcut key. My keyboard doesn't have a button for 'Mute' or any other extra multimedia buttons. With my keyboard, I mute my computer by ...
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Creating a new folder or file using Explorer in Windows 7 does not show up in Explorer until Refresh or F5 is pressed

When I am in Explorer on Windows 7 and I create a new folder it does not show up in the right hand pane until I refresh the listing by pressing the F5 key. I have tried creating a new folder using ...
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Why does File Explorer hang frequently in Windows 8?

Why does File Explorer hang frequently in Windows 8 when I am browsing through a folder containing about 20-30 files and folders? The program hangs for around ~5-10 seconds like it is still ...
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Does Windows 8 Explorer have a FolderSize column (or restore the column-handler API)?

One of the biggest complaints about Windows Vista (and 7) was that it removed the API that allows developers to create column-handlers, and as such, useful programs like Folder Size can no longer ...
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Previewing audio files in Windows Explorer

Is there any program that can play audio files by right click/mouse hover directly in Windows Explorer? *Update:*Please introduce other apps (if any).
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Windows hangs on Rename, Delete and Move for specific MKV files

I have been googling this issue for a long time, and no full solutions seem to be out there. For certain mkv files, windows hangs when moving, copying, or deleting. These files play fine in a player ...
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Is there a good XP like windows explorer for windows Vista?

I'm still refusing to go to Windows Vista and now Windows 7 mainly due to the windows explorer, I find it cumbersome and hard to use exclusively with a keyboard. I use XP file explorer in the most ...
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Displaying unicode character U+2661 (“White Heart Suit”) in Windows 7

I can't get this character: ♡ to display properly in Windows Explorer, it instead shows up as a symbol of three lines, similar to this ☰. The strangest thing is that if i use the heart symbol beside ...
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What does “/factory,{CLSID 75*4b} -embedding” do?

Can someone explain me the following explorer CLI : C:\windows\explorer.exe /factory,{75dff2b7-6936-4c06-a8bb-676a7b00b24b} -Embedding