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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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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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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Windows filename suddenly gets selected again while renaming it

I am finding when I try to rename a file in windows 7, i typically select the file i want to rename, hit F2 (rename) and type the new name. I've been getting this weird bug which the while file name ...
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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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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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Windows 10: Rename pinned items in Windows Explorer's Quick Access

I just got done upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 10 and I've found that the 'Favorites' panel in Windows Explorer got replaced with a 'Quick Access' panel and I can't seem to find a way to rename 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Show image dimensions in status bar in Windows 8 File Explorer

When I'm dealing with image files in Windows Explorer (aka File Explorer in Windows 8) I want to see the image dimensions in pixels (i.e. 400px x 300px) in the status bar. This has worked fine in ...
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Windows 7 Library Location Limit

In Windows 7, many folders can be added to a library and, in many ways, act as one folder. Is there a limit to the number of Library locations within a library?
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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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Windows Explorer crashes whenever I view a folder with an MP4 (H.264) video file in 'Large Icons' view (shows thumbnails)

Whenever I view a folder which contains .MP4 (H.264) video files in large icon view (shows thumbnails), Windows 7's Explorer crashes. Explorer loads for a few seconds, the green progress bar shows up, ...
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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 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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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 ...