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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I change the default behavior of Windows Explorer in Windows 7 to open Computer rather than Libraries

By default, opening Windows Explorer in Windows 7 opens in Libraries. Can I change this behavior and open in Computer. It makes navigating into hard drives easier, as I open hard drives frequently ...
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What does a *Locked* folder mean in Windows 7?

I thought that folders with a lock symbol next to them represented either an encrypted or a compressed file. However according to this post, I was wrong. What does this locked folder mean under ...
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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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Windows explorer sees different file name from cmd

I just got a new computer, and put my old hard drive (which contained Windows) in the new computer to keep my old files. I was successfully able to remove the Windows directory from this drive, but ...
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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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How can I make Windows 7 show thumbnails for MKV files?

I'm using Windows 7 64-bit and have installed the latest Haali Media Splitter. How can I make Windows Explorer show thumbnails for MKV files?
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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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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 *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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“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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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 can I get the Windows XP Explorer in Windows 7?

I like the folder-tree behavior of Windows XP, that is, clicking on any folder on the left pane will automatically expand the folder-tree. Unfortunately this is not how Explorer works in Windows 7. ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Disable Ctrl+Z shortcut or clear undo history in Windows Explorer?

Is there any way to disable the CTRL+Z (Undo) shortcut in Windows Explorer? Alternatively, is there a way to have Windows Explorer "forget" its undo history? The reason I ask is that you may have ...
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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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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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Why are files created by Puttygen hidden in Windows 7 Explorer?

In Windows 7 Home Premium, after saving a private key in PuTTY Key Generator (aka. Puttygen) at the C drive root it is not visible in Explorer. How to reproduce: Start Puttygen. Generate a key. ...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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Explorer.exe keeps crashing if effects are enabled Error Status Code: c0000185

The explorer.exe keeps crashing before every minute after starts when all the effects are activated. These are the details of the error: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: InPageError ...
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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 ...