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 File History is unable to analyse user library modifications

I just activated Windows File History, but it won't work. It loads for a surprisingly short time when I tell it to "execute now". When I look in the event journals, I see that for every time I tried, ...
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Is there a way to fix the sort by name in Windows 10 File Explorer?

There seems to be a bug in Windows 10 File explorer. For instance here are four files I created listed how they appear when I have sort by Name ascending selected: 31A.txt 32A.txt 311.txt 321.txt ...
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Excel: Do not open files in multiple instances

How do I open all excel files in the same instance/window by default (happens only when I open from the menu, but not from the windows explorer)? I have this option unchecked, but is still not ...
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Application icons corrupted in Explorer

I recently installed Debut Video Capture (from NCH software) and now some of the application icons in explorer are corrupted, just showing a generic "folder" icon. So far I've found this has affected: ...
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Win7 Unable to create new Folder on Network Drive

Using Explorer I'm able to create a new folder on the harddrive with not problem, but when I try to create a new folder on my network drive, Explorer hangs and just keeps creating new folders. I have ...
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Windows 10 explorer: drag file into subfolders

On Windows 10, I'd like to be able to drag files into a folder and also subfolders within that folder, as can be done on OS X. Is this possible in Windows? Right now I have to drag it into a folder, ...
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Windows 10 disable window spray

I apologize if there is proper verbiage for what Windows 10 is doing. I press Windows-Right and it pushes the focus window to the right half of its current screen, like it did in 7. But it also ...
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How to Disable Windows File Explorer from Automatically Launching Webpage

I'm not liking Windows File Explorer's feature to automatically launch webpages. How can this be disabled? For example, in Windows File Explorer, type "StackOverflow" in search. Since there is no ...
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How to view the user name of the last person that saved a file in the Windows 7 File explorer “Details view”

How to view the user name of the last person that saved a file in the Windows 7 File explorer "Details view" When you select any file in Windows and view its properties, you can see the 'property' ...
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Win Explorer shortcut to expand folder in navigation pane

Is there a shortcut ( or a setting ) to expand the navigation pane folders to the currently open folder in the right pane ? I seem to recall Win2K and maybe XP era explorer did that automatically, but ...
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Two blue arrows at top right of icons

If this is a duplicate post, my apologies but I couldn't find one. On some icons I am seeing a two blue arrows at the top the right pointing towards each other. I first noticed it on the icons on ...
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How do you remove a default program association for file types in Windows 7?

I somehow have set the default file type association for a file type in Windows 7. It doesn't appear to be possible to delete it from the "Change the file type associated with a file extension" ...
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Is there a “recent visited folders” in Windows Explorer?

In Windows Explorer is there any way I can have a "recent visited folders" features somehow?
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Show parent and child folders in the same File Explorer window in Windows 10?

Is this possible? I am writing up an explanation of something. It would be really helpful to show a visual description of how the folder tree is supposed to look. The ideal way to do that would be to ...
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All icons missing [duplicate]

As the title says, all of my icons are suddenly missing (Windows Explorer, Registry, Task Manager). Only metro icons in the start menu are showing This is my current situation: Additionally, I can't ...
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Find Duplicate Files Between HDD (for ex: Total Size:500Gbs) AND HDD Image only Files Hash(3mb)

Any way to find duplicate files between a files/folder group and image hard disk (files content hash database)
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Can I make Windows Explorer Treeview show folders in Windows 7

I'm sure this has been answered a million times around the web, but I dont know quite what question to ask. Basically before windows 7 if I opened a folder in the right hand pane when using windows ...
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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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How do I change the default sort order on Windows Explorer and the File Dialogs

My file dialog shows files sorted by date and I want it to sort alphabetically by filename.
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Cannot create file anywhere on drive C:

I just did a clean install of Windows 10 Pro. For some reason I am missing the "New > File" context entries when I am opening the right click context menu anywhere on drive C: that is not my user ...
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How to add 'Play with VLC (no disc menus)' to context menu?

I love VLC's 'no disc menus' feature to play DVDs. How can I add a menu item 'Play with VLC (no disc menus)' to the context menu for DVDs in Windows Explorer?
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How to automatically show/hide relevant columns in Windows Explorer?

I'm looking for a way to make Windows Explorer smarter about showing columns in media folders with music, videos and images. A common type of problem is where in a music folder it shows columns for ...
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How to make 'copy as path' appear in Windows Explorer context menu without shift key?

If I hold shift when opening the Windows Explorer context menu, an extra item appears, 'copy as path'. How can I make it so it always appears without having to hold shift? I'm using Windows 10.
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What is “Ticino” in my Windows 7 Explorer context menu?

I noticed today that I have a new Explorer context menu item called "Ticino" when I right-click a file on Windows 7. What is it?
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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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Change the default view setting for Explorer in Windows 8.1

How do you make a system-wide change to the view settings in Windows Explorer? It seems every folder needs to be changed to the view setting desired.
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Windows Explorer opens at every startup

I'm running Windows 10 Pro on an SSD. Whenever I turn on my computer, File Explorer opens up. It's a nuisance and I'd rather not have it open at every startup. I've checked article upon article and ...
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Getting the PREVIEW command on a right-click menu

In Windows 10 when viewing the thumbnails of my photos I right click to get a menu. On this menu is REVIEW and I would like to get PREVIEW which allows me to preview all my photos one after another. ...
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What is the “Date” column in Windows 7 explorer? It matches no date column from Windows XP explorer

I can't get myself to understand what the default "Date" column in Windows 7 Explorer is. It's not the creation date really and it's not the modified date ... What is it? Anyone knows what Microsoft ...
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How to add custom menu to windows Toolbar

I am trying to add a menu to the Windows explorer's toolbar in Windows 7. While searching I came to know that this is possible by adding some keys to registry. So I added the following keys to ...
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Windows 10 Quick access jumping to another folder

In the Windows 10 Quick access menu, whenever I select the Downloads/Documents/Pictures folder it will automatically jump to its related folder. This is very annoying and I couldn't find any options ...
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IE11 loses login when run as different user

I have the latest IE11 on win7 with all updates. After being sufficiently scared by ransomware reports, I decided to run IE isolated as a different user from my main desktop (standard UAC settings). ...
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How to get SVG thumbnails in Windows Explorer?

I can open them in browser just OK, but how can I have thumbnails in the Windows Explorer? Edit: I installed Renesis Player as suggested by this answer, but it does not work for me, probably because ...
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Windows 10 not showing the same folders in File Explorer and Internet Explorer file selector

I'm seeing some strange behavior on a user's computer. When I try to select a file in an Internet Explorer file selector, I don't see the same folders than I do in Windows. For example, if I navigate ...
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Windows freeze after closing open/save file explorer from an app

When I call a windows explorer from an app (open/save file), as soon as it closes (whenever clicking cancel or actually saving/opening a file), the app will freeze for 3-15 seconds. Nothing particular ...
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PeaZip Archive File Utility break Windows Explorer Jumplist on Windows 10

I am having an issue with the PeaZip fie utility taking over the jumplist of Windows Explorer on Windows 10. The jumplist has several pinned locations. They are Download, Desktop, Documents, and ...
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Keystroke to open a new window in Windows 7 Explorer?

I'm a bit late to the Windows 7 party, and having just installed it yesterday, I'm already sorely missing an XP feature. In explorer, I used to be able to click the toolbar Up button with Ctrl held ...
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Why does my static shortcut menu handler overwrite the Windows 10 Jumplist behaviour?

I recently wanted to add a new command menu to my right click menu to have the possibility to securely delete files and directories using Sysinternals SDelete. Using the MSDN documentation and Regedit ...
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After a restart I boot into blackscreen with cursor

I have windows 10 64bit for quite a while now. My system suddenly restarted to apply an update (which I dont know of its specifics). After that windows loads on the logon screen I type my password, ...
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Windows “save” dialog listing files in reverse alphabetical order by default

Imagine this: no matter which software, when I hit "SAVE", the file explorer dialog that appears is listing my files in reverse-alpha order. This happens by default on all folders and is just an ...
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How can I get File Save to show all types?

Is there any global setting to get File Save to show files of all types? The filtering to just the current document type wastes more time here than it saves.
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Why is “Libraries” always selected when I view my desktop?

Whenever I open up an Explorer window, and click on the "Desktop" icon, "Libraries" is always selected in the files list. What, you don't think that's a problem? Look at this: Because Libraries ...
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After a windows update restart explorer.exe does not load

My computer restarted on its own (before the restart everything was working fine for 2 years I have not done any significant software/setting changes the past month atleast and no hardware changes) ...
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Change Windows explorer font size

I'd like to increase the font-size in Windows explorer. By default it's very small, and I don't really like that for navigating folders and finding files. Here's what it looks like by default : ...
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Too many DVD Drive in my windows explorer [duplicate]

I have just reinstalled my pc with windows 7. But, i got a new problem in my explorer, i found out that my pc has 5 DVD Drive with blank space. I want my pc only has 1 DVD Drive like before. Someone ...
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New files are not sorted automatically by Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer fails to auto-sort files that are modified in the same window or at the same time in the Open/Save Dialog box. For instance saving documents in Word does not affect the "Date modified ...
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Setting Windows 7's Recycle Bin to automatically have a default disk space allocation for deleted files from newly mounted drives

How do I set Windows 7's Recycle Bin to automatically have a default disk space allocation for deleted files from external hard drives and TrueCrypt-mounted volumes? I remember that in Windows XP, I ...
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Windows Explorer crashes when backing out of SMB

I'm getting weird issues with my install of Windows 10. So I have a Samsung Book 5 with the latest version installed (updated to the latest version as of March 21st). When I connect to a network ...
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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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Windows 7 or 10: Explorer Sort Order - distinguish between normal Explorer vs. Open-File/Browser windows

Is there a way to make Windows (7,8,10,whatever) remember a different sort-order for displaying your files in regular Explorer windows vs. open-file/file-browser dialog windows? To give an example. ...