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 10 keeps deleting stuff I have NOT selected

If I have a .html file and a folder linked to it, selecting the html file also deletes the folder. I just want to delete the html file and leave the folder. Is there a way to make Windows work ...
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Hide Mac's ._ (dot underscore) files on a Windows share in a mixed user environment

I work in an envirement where a Macintosh user and me—as Windows user—work together. The Macintosh user generates files starting with ._. If they access a file called foo, they’ll create a ._foo in ...
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Windows 8 Explorer UNC path [closed]

We have 3 Windows 8.1 PCs setup. On one of the PCs we have shared a directory. On the other 2 machines, we define a drive letter to access net use h: \\computer1\hfolder (user and pwd) ...
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How can I have a custom 7Zip batch script work like the “add to archive…” context menu action of 7Zip?

I am trying to figure out a way to select several files and folders in Windows Explorer and add them to a password protected .zip archive using a batch script, 7zip and a custom context menu item. ...
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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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Shortcut key for Preview on Windows 8.1

Coming from OS X to Windows 8.1 I miss QuickLook. I noticed that in the right click menu in Explorer there's a Preview item for some file types, such as images. Is there a shortcut key to invoke ...
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Windows 7: Image thumbnails fail to appear

All right, I've got a pretty strange one here. Since I installed Windows 7 on this machine some time ago, image thumbnails have never worked properly. For the vast majority of images, they ...
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Folder named `xyz` appears under the name `Public Desktop` in Windows Explorer?

In Windows 8: I have a folder that is currently named 'unused' but the same behavior occurs with any name that I rename it to. The name appears correctly in CMD when I type dir but when I look for the ...
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How do I delete the Windows Explorer address bar history

Note: I am NOT referring to Internet Explorer. I am using Windows XP and Windows Server 2008 and need to delete the history values from the file browser (aka Windows Explorer). Somebody put a ...
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IconIndex value of -101 in desktop.ini pointing to the second icon in DLL?

I have a folder which is displayed in Windows Explorer as: Inside this folder the hidden desktop.ini has this content: [.ShellClassInfo] InfoTip=@Shell32.dll,-12688 ...
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Windows Explorer -> View does not have the “Toolbar” option

I wanted tabs for my windows explorer so I installed qttabbar to enable this. However, following these instructions, I don't have a "Toolbar" option when I click on view. Any idea how to get ...
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Can Windows XP remember file icon position?

Windows allows you to arrange icons however you like in a window. However after some time when I go back to the window, it has forgotten the icon positions and has completely rearranged the icons. Is ...
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How to recover my .xml default icon?

My XML files are showing the unknown programs icon. Why can't I change the icon? I looked it up in the registry, but I found no error. Look at the following: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 ...
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Windows 7 explorer crashes when entering password protected network drive

I'm trying to map a drive from a remote NAS server (sftp). Enter the folder with explorer: Open the Network in explorer, Open the other computer. A security windows asking for the credentials ...
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Fixing broken thumbnail previews

I'm not 100% this is the right place to post this, so please let me know if so. A while back I had to develop a custom thumbnail preview for a file format for a piece of software I was working on. I ...
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Annoying mnemonics failure with W7 explorer context menu

I am a mouse-hater. I don't fear them, so not musophobia, but musomusia. When I am using W7 Explorer and I want to select a few files and zip them I select them, typically, by using Ctrl-Spacebar ...
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Any way to auto-overwrite when copying files?

When copying files in Windows 7, is there a button I can hold to skip the overwrite confirmation dialogs? E.g. if I know the files exist in the destination folder and I already know I want to ...
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Move folders to Library and they disappeared (permissions)

Windows 7 Professional I had a large number of files in a folder. I moved these files (selected and dragged them in Windows Explorer) to the users Documents Library (I meant to get their My ...
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Changing the Windows 7 same folder file copy naming pattern?

On my Windows 7 machine, when I make a copy (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V) of a file in the same folder I get the new file created with " - Copy" added to the file name: 1st copy: "foo.txt" -> "foo - Copy.txt". ...
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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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Print spool service appears to cause Explorer to hang - how to fix this?

I'm encountering a strange problem. A few days ago, my primary printer (Samsung ML-2950) unexpectedly stopped working with a "0 % toner" message. One file was in the print queue at that time. Right ...
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Why does “explorer” sometimes not create a shell?

I'm currently experimenting with a custom shell on a couple of similar Windows 8.1 devices. When I exit the custom shell and then manually start explorer through Task Manager, sometimes it will start ...
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How to add Google Drive to the Windows Explorer Sidebar

Is there a way to add Google Drive to this sidebar not like a shortcut, but pretty much like how OneDrive is? I know there's a Google Drive link in the favorites, but is there a way to expand this ...
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Windows 7 favorites not working in windows explorer

For some reason I seem to have deleted all the favorites in the favorites menu in the file explorer. With favorites menu I mean this one: Trying to add new links doesn't work and right clicking ...
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Possible to change the order of the shortcut locations in windows explorer

When you open a new explorer window by default it loads from the starting position "Computer" which shows your drives, etc. This is all well and good except when explorer loads it bumps the scroll ...
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Windows explorer side panel jumping

I have several document folders selected as favorites in Windows. I have a very organized (and somewhat deep) folder tree in my documents folder. Until a few weeks ago, I was able to hop back and ...
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How to automatically create Windows thumbnails recursively?

I am using Windows 8.1 with Windows Explorer. The image cache ("thumbs.db") is created when I visit a folder containing video, photo, or other such files. I have a problem with this because I have ...
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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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Windows explorer stops showing PDF's in the preview pane

Some users in our office use the preview pane in the windows explorer to view PDF's. After a while (~an hour) the preview pane no longer shows the preview. On one PC, it says "No preview available" ...
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How to Fix missing top action bar in Windows Explorer

I have Windows 7 ultimate installed and i did some tweaking in my windows, after which i am not able to find the top bar, not menu bar its top bar having organise, play, print button. I tried to ...
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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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Remember each folder's view settings in Windows 7?

I know this functionality is not available as a built-in option for Windows 7. However, I'm asking because I'm curious if anybody here has found a way to achieve this effect through other means ...
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How can I disable Windows Vista / 7 Explorer's “auto sort” after file copying?

One of the things that really annoys me in Windows Vista / Windows 7 is the new "auto sort" feature. In Windows XP, whenever you copy a bunch of files to a folder, they are all placed at the end of ...
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How do I set Windows Explorer in Windows 7 to display metadata / tags of Ogg Vorbis (.OGG) files when in 'Details' view?

How do I set Windows Explorer in Windows 7 to display metadata / tags (Artist, Song Title, etc.) of Ogg Vorbis (.OGG) files when in 'Details' view?
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Change file extension in Windows 7 without making extensions visible in Explorer options

Occasionally I want to change the extension for a given file in Windows Explorer, e.g. rename audio_only.mp4 to audio_only.m4a. These valid possibilities are somehow unappealing: Show extensions in ...
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Copy UNC network path (not drive letter) for paths on mapped drives from Windows Explorer

I frequently want to share Windows network paths to files with other folks on my team via email or chat. We have a lot of mapped drives here, both ones we set up ourselves and ones set up by our IT ...
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Stop windows-7 explorer taskbar icon changing for different locations

If I open an instance of Windows Explorer, a button appears on the taskbar; its icon matches the icon of current location in Explorer. E.g. If I've clicked on a drive (e.g. C:) then the taskbar icon ...
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Have a file appear in multiple folders

I have 50+ folders, each of which contain a large amount of data that needs to be processed. All of them are processed using the exact same code, utilizing os.path.dirname(os.path.realpath(file)) to ...
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Multiple entries for Google Chrome in Open With

On my computer (Windows 8.1), both the Desktop "Open with" submenu and the corresponding WinRT dialog contain multiple entries for Google Chrome, when invoked for an HTML file. So far as I'm aware, ...
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How to make Windows 10 File Explorer open “This PC” by default?

I know how to do that on Vista/7, I know how to do that on 8/8.1, but neither of the ways work with Windows 10, it always defaults into the "Home" view. (I am basically reposting this question for ...
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Windows 8.1 Downloads folder sorting keeps resetting ordering (also no Modern UI apps working)

I like to keep my downloads sorted by change date, so I usually set the sorting in my downloads folder to newest up, but on my Windows 8.1 x64 machine this just doesn't seem to work. I think it didn't ...
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Is it possible to create a 2nd “Favorites” group in the windows navigation pane?

Right now Windows (7,8) allows you to show a "Favorites" group, where you can add links to various folders, regardless of where they actually reside. Is it possible to create a 2nd group? My ...
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Windows XP Delete File Option

When I go to delete files in XP, it's deleting them directly. I had my machine recently reimaged, and this feature changed (no longer says are you sure you want to do this). Where does the ...
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New user profile cannot run explorer.exe after transferring data from old profile why?

User profile on a win7 64 Ultimate got corrupted (and windows would create a default fallback profile on each login). I created a new profile (an administer) and transfered exiting profile files into ...
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Can Windows 7 Folder Band be restored without closing that Windows Explorer window?

I have this weird behavior (i.e. bug) on my Windows 7 workstation in which folders that are automatically opened (restored) on reboot, are missing their folder band (AKA command bar): Opening a new ...
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Windows 7 Explorer metadata view/editing program available?

I am a heavy user of 'Tags' in Windows Explorer and am curious if there is software available which can show me essentially the Windows repository for this metadata information or is there a standard ...
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Ignore in-use files when mass-deleting in Explorer

In Explorer, if I select a large number of files/folders and hit 'delete', it will delete until it encounters an in-use file. It brings up an 'error' dialog and stops deleting altogether - forcing ...
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XP (in Boot Camp) long lag deleting a file

I've got a pretty beefy Mac Pro on my desk, and I've used it in Boot Camp mode (with Windows XP) for most of its life. Every time I delete a file, Explorer hangs for about a minute. Doesn't matter ...
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Want to delete MP3 files where artist name has some substring

I have folders with 1000's of mp3 files. I want to delete some files for certain artists. I am using File Explorer in Windows and it's very slow. Every time I scroll the screen, it refreshes slowly. ...
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Windows Shell dialog boxes do not disappear

I've recently noticed on my Windows Vista machine often when I copy/delete large files, the transfer will complete (0 bytes remaining or whatnot), yet the Windows Shell dialog box (displaying the file ...