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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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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How can I exit Windows Explorer in Windows 8?

In Windows 7, I could terminate the explorer.exe process by Ctrl+Shift-right clicking the Start menu and clicking Exit Explorer. How can I do this in Windows 8?
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Replace, not merge, folders when copying

In Windows Vista, when I try to move a folder to replace an existing folder, Vista asks me if I want to merge the folders or cancel. How do I get the old XP behavior where the old folder is just ...
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How can I tell which “explorer.exe” process is the main one?

I have a batch file that changes a few registry files, and then restarts explorer.exe so that they take effect. I'm using the commands taskkill /f /im explorer.exe explorer.exe This of course ...
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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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Windows 7 Explorer - Activate mouse focus to be able to scroll in tree and file view?

I'd like to be able to scroll in the tree view without having to click in it. Is there a way to do this? I have once used a tool that generally gives focus to the window underneath the mouse cursor, ...
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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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How to delete a user's folder in Windows 8.1?

I have a laptop which is being given to a different employee. I added a new Administrator account and deleted the old one. I deleted the User from the Windows 8.1 user utility thingy. So the user is ...
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“Could not find this item” every time when renaming, moving, copying! win 7 explorer issue

I'm having this issue I noticed is unsolvable around. Everytime I move, copy, rename it prompts ""Could not find this item". Clicking "Try Again" always works but this is bothering and making me waste ...
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Can I get rid of the Windows 7 libraries folder dropdowns?

The default libraries in Windows 7 work such that all subfolders of locations you include appear side by side. I really like that cruft-free look and I don't need any of the information about which ...
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How to *diagnose* windows explorer frequent freezes

It is very common on my windows xp machine for windows explorer (including taskbar) to be frequently unresponsive for several seconds (and sometimes up to a minute) any time I am browsing the file ...
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Remove “Favorites” in Windows 7 Explorer navigation pane

Is there a way to remove the "Favorites" item at the top of the navigation pane in Explorer in Windows 7? It really bugs me that it wastes so much space, and I can't find a way to remove it.
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Windows 7: Unable to browse to network shares in Explorer, but “map network drive” works fine

I've got a rather interesting problem cropping up on a few machines right now. I've got a bunch of Windows 7 machines networked with a workgroup at home. I used to be able to simply open the "Run" ...
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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 embed PowerShell into Explorer or Explorer-like tool?

I typically find myself using both Windows Explorer (for navigation and viewing) and PowerShell (for commands). Is there any way to embed the PowerShell console into Windows Explorer? Or is there any ...
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When should I activate the “launch folder windows in a separate process” option?

In folder options -> view, there's an option that's off by default called "Launch folder windows in a separate process". I'm on windows-7, but I know this capability has existed since at least windows ...
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Windows 7 Windows Explorer jumpy tree view

Is there any way to get Windows Explorer tree view in Windows 7 to stop jumping? I think they really messed up this design. Click a node to expand a deeper level and it instantly scrolls the tree ...
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List alphabetically in Windows Explorer, with folders mixed with files? [duplicate]

Previously when opening Windows explorer, it would come up as below: Key Folders : UPPERCASE documents : LOWERCASE Example A: APPLES apple 1 apple 2 BANANAS banana 1 banana 2 CARROT carrot 1 ...
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Show Files and Folders Sorted by name NOT Folders First then Files [duplicate]

Is there any way to make Windows Explorer list the Files and Folder together and not Folders First? So Folders and Files are sorted together by file name: Antelope[dir] Antelope.txt Badger[dir] ...
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Shortcut to User Home Folder

I want to create a short cut to the System Folder version of my home folder. Actually, I want to do this for every user, but lets focus on a single user. I do not want to create a link to ...
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How to copy Windows Explorer file selections and paste filenames as text [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Copy filename to clipboard Windows 7: How can I select multiple files in Windows Explorer and get a string of text, listing the file names like I would get if ...
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How to add an item to my “Send To” context menu

On my old XP machine I would simply copy shortcuts into the %userprofile%\SendTo folder. On Windows-7 this folder is hidden, and I don't have access to it (which surprised me, it is my SendTo folder ...
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In Vista Explorer, how can I search the contents of all files in a directory for a word?

I have a PHP website in a directory on Vista. Many files in that directory have the word "output" in them. In Windows Explorer, I type "output" into the search box. It finds two files but does not ...
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How do I connect to ftp site in Windows Explorer

I've tried to use Windows Explorer (in Windows 7) to connect to a remote FTP site, but when I try to connect Windows says that The server name or address cannot be resolved If I try with ftp ...
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How do I make windows launch a new instance of explorer.exe when I open My Computer?

How do I make windows launch a new instance of explorer.exe when I open My Computer? I know there is a setting that does this. I turned it on previously and the performance increase was noticeable.
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Is there a way to show junctions differently in windows explorer?

I've started using junctions to remap folders on my Windows XP box. It's great - I have two drives, so this simplifies my organization. I would like it if Windows Explorer visually differentiated ...
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how can I get around the 0x80030001 error when trying to copy files from a set of search results in Windows Explorer?

I'd like to search for mp3 files in a subfolder on my Android phone and copy them to my computer so I can listen to them. These are podcasts. When I use Windows Explorer to do this I get this error ...
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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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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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Get the parent of a folder from search results

So I searched for a folder in my drive. I found the drive and selected "Open in a new Window". And now I want to get to the parent folder of that one. But now the address bar shows Search Results in ...
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How to get list of defined shortcut keys in the Start menu?

How can I find out which keyboard shortcuts are defined inside the Start menu? And what shortcuts they are assigned to? Platform: Windows XP SP2 64 bit. Example: I open my main Visual Studio ...
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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
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How to force copy/move dialog in Windows 8 to be always launched in the foreground?

When I copy or move files in Windows 8, the copy/move dialog is sometimes launched in the foreground and sometimes in the background of other open file explorer windows. I have found out that: The ...
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How can I view pdf meta-data in Windows Explorer?

I unsuccessfully used the "pages" feature in Windows Explorer, as well as in Directory Opus 10 and Free Commander XT (which I installed just for that reason, to try it out) to display the page count ...
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Is there a Windows Explorer extension that shows an inline command prompt?

Does anybody know of a Windows Explorer extension that will add a pane giving an inline command prompt, set to the current directory? I know that on Windows 7 I can Shift-Right Click and get Open ...
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Windows Explorer Stuck on Cancelling

Does this ever happen to you? When try to copy a file and suddenly you want to cancel it or in my case I was try to write it over a network drive and I lost the connection. But regardless what's ...
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How to open a PowerShell in the current folder?

This keyboard shortcut Shift + Menu, W, Enter opens the command prompt. Scott Hanselman points to an app that does the same for PowerShell and says it's builtin in Windows 7. The tool doesn't seem to ...
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Make favorites always visible in Windows Explorer

Vista introduced the favorites in the navigation pane of Windows Explorer. In Windows 7 I immediately noticed that the favorites don't have a separate pane at the top anymore. So to access the ...
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Open the folder associated with the Command Prompt's working directory? [duplicate]

I am wondering if there is a command one could type into The Windows Command Prompt which would cause Windows Explorer to open a folder set at the Command Prompt's current working directory? (This ...
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How do I run more than one Windows Explorer?

Up until this morning I could run several Windows Explorer session at the same time, but we have just had an "upgrade", and now, selecting Start->My Documents just restores focus to the existing ...
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windows folder with millions of files not responding

I am using windows 7 64-bit on q6600 with 4gb ram. I have a folder with 2 million files which are 10kB on average. windows 7 explorer stops responding when I open the folder. how can I overcome ...
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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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“Discovering items”… yawn

I have a rather annoying issue with my Windows 7 computer whereby it seems to take ages to delete, move or copy folders, even when they are empty. The problem is intermittent, to make matters worse. ...
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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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What is “%AppData%”?

I just recently followed some instructions to reset GitHub for Windows by deleting two folders in the explorer found under %AppData% and %LocalAppData% respectively. I've seen these paths before but ...
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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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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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Can't copy file with green filename, access denied

Using Windows Explorer under XP I see some of my files have green filenames. When I try and copy one of these files I get an error reporting Access denied. The My pictures folder also appears with ...
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Meaning of “*” in Windows 7 Explorer Search?

I have a folder containing files like radiobutton-clicked.png radiobutton-foobar.png radiobutton-foobarbaz.png ... etc. This is what happens when I search in Windows Explorer: radio: all files ...
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Unable to add files/folders to Quick Access on Windows 10: “Unspecified Error”

I am unable to add files or folders to the "Quick Access" folder in the File Manager on Windows 10. If I drag files or folders there nothing will happen but if I right click and select "Pin to Quick ...