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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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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Favorites disappeared in windows 8

The favorite links on the left side of all the folders have disappeared on my computer. Normally I had links to Downloads, Desktop and some more. But one day, they were all gone. And I can't find a ...
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Can I have a view that merges my Program Files (x86) and Program Files?

Sometimes I need to browse to find an installed application, but I often forgot whether they are installed in "Program Files (x86)" or "Program Files". Is there a trick where I can see the merged view ...
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modify overlay on video previews in the Explorer sidebar

I want to get rid of the stupid overlays that video files are shown with in the Explorer sidebar in Windows (7, but other versions as well). I mean thanks, but 1995 rang and they want their UI design ...
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How to change the folder view default to list view in Vista?

I want to make the settings in Windows Vista such that every folder I Open should have list view by default. How do I do that?
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Explorer.exe does not load on login, need to manually run it every time

Is there any solution to this. Every time I log in, I have to manually start explorer.exe from Task Manager > New Task(Run) > Explorer.exe I am on Winodws 7 64 Bit.
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Linked files and folders in Windows Vista

In Windows Vista (not sure about other versions), I've noticed that Explorer may automatically link a file and a folder based on their names. For example, if I go under Firefox, choose Save As, ...
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Make Windows 10 open “This PC” by default

Following this tip I was able to set File Explorer to open 'This PC' by default. However, now the explorer window shows a section called 'Unspecified' full of blank icons. I don't have enough rep ...
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Windows folder layout

How can I make it so all the folders shown in the image below are shown in order?
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How to disable Windows XP folder templates?

There's similar question answered regarding Vista. And I'd like to disable automatic folder template recognition in Windows XP. Is that possible?
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Windows Explorer opens a new window every time

Every time I open a folder in Windows Explorer, it opens the folder in a new window. I double-checked all the options in Folder Options, including Launch folder windows in a separate process but ...
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Changing default folder detail-view options

When you view a folder in Detail view by selecting the menu option View > Details [Alt-V-D], the default details XP shows us are, Name Size Type Date Modified I want to be able to have the Date ...
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Any trick to close all folder trees except the current one in Windows Explorer?

I like to have the folder tree be updated to the current directory. As I jump around the computer to different drives and locations in Windows Explorer, the folder tree pane on the left becomes really ...
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How can I cancel opening a folder in Windows Explorer?

I am forced to use a Windows machine for some parts of my job, but I am not a Windows guy, so there may be some obvious solution to this that I am missing. Sometimes, when I am browsing files in ...
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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 to keep new window from opening upon double click of a folder in XP

I am using Windows XP. Whenever I double click a folder, a new window pops up with the search companion in the left navigation panel. How can I stop this?
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Can't find a Windows Explorer alternative that has FULL-TREE View [closed]

I cannot find a Windows Explorer alternative that has full-tree view functionality like Path Finder on the Mac This is the type of view I am looking for (screenshot of Path Finder on Mac): By ...
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How do I make all descendant folders picture-view folders in Windows XP?

There's a "picture view" for Windows XP folders. I keep creating new folders in a directory and adding pictures to them. Every time I create a new folder, I have to go through the added action of ...
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Specific issue with long pathnames in Windows 7

My job involves receiving and processing a lot of CDs containing photos and scanned documents from clients who are not very good with computers. I sometimes receive discs full of files with pathnames ...
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Disable thumbnailing on a per folder basis

I have a folder that contains 20 Gigabytes of precious gif images. When I open this folder my computer slows to a halt. Does anybody know of a way to prevent Windows 8 from making thumbnails for ...
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set same view setting to all folders in windows 8 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where did the folder option dialog go in Windows 8 preview? I want to set the same view settings(Large icons) for all the folders in windows 8.I have never tried it on ...
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Record directory structure change/migration

Imagine a large SAN with one hundred thousand files in a unorganized directory structure. The files will be moved to a new SAN with an organised directory structure. Some files will be renamed when ...
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Strict windows folder content

I'd like to set some content restrictions for folders in Windows 8. It's the same as in having library for video, audio or picture content but I'd like to control that there isn't any content or ...
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How to setup two vertical windows and open in the same folder before shutting down

I always have two vertical windows open on my dual screen setup. Is there a way of saving this configuration at shutdown of machine so that when I start the machine again, it not only opens up the two ...
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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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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 crashes every 30 seconds

My windows explorer crashes in every 30 seconds or so. On the title bar, it shows "Not Responding", system hangs for a while and after clicking on the window itself, everything fades in white color. ...
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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 to stop windows explorer from trying to log in to a network share so many times after a password change

So typically, I'm logged into at least one network share with my Windows 8.1 machine. And every 30 days or so, I have to update my passwords on the network shares. However, if I attempt to access ...
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How to set a picture/wallpaper as folder's background

How can I set desired wallpaper in folder's background(not a thumbnail view) in windows 7 without any special software? I want to put a picture instead of white background of a folder.(I know this ...
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What's the proper name of that symbol to collapse/expand nodes in a directory tree?

I'm pretty embarrassed to admit I don't know this one...I just realized I've always just described it, not actually named it :) So, that folder/directory collapse/expand symbol thingy, you know, ...
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Is it possible to have interactive directory tree view next to console

To anyone's knowledge, is it possible to accomplish something like the following screenshot: Ideally, I'd like to double click on a file and process the file as if I typed it directly into the ...
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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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How to set folder view in explorer for all folders via registry

I was going through a tutorial where I learned how to set the folder view of all the five folder templates on Windows 8 - General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos. The tutorial is fairly ...
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How can I open a file as read-only from Windows Explorer?

Is there an easy way to open a file as read-only from Windows Explorer? My inmediate interest is in a Microsoft Access file. I am doing some sanity checks in old MS Access databases and I see that ...
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Windows: hide hidden files only in one folder?

Is it possible to show hidden/system files in all directories but exclude a few select folders where hidden files (or at least system files) should be kept hidden?
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Folders opening in a new window when double clicking in Windows Explorer

I'm using Windows Vista Ultimate, and when I double click on a Folder in Windows Explorer, instead of just opening it, it opens a new window. I already checked in Tools -> Options, and "Open each ...
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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 Folder Groups Toggle Collapse

Is there a way to create a keyboard shortcut for "Expand All Groups / Collapse All Groups" in Windows 7 Explorer? In Explorer their is not a shortcut listed. Does one already exist that I haven't ...
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Restoring Explorer's view “filters”

I just reinstalled Windows 7 after installing a new mainboard, and a few files "appeared" in the old installation directory afterwards: junctions for "Documents and Settings" and its localized form ...
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Hiding files/folders which begin with a full stop (period)

Windows does not use the dot-file convention for hidden files. However, many Windows applications (mostly opensource/cross-platform) use files and folders with this convention. How can I make Windows ...
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Some files in C:\ hidden even though hidden attribute is not set, how to identify them?

I found this on a Windows XP machine and as well as a Windows 7 machine. That is certain files in C drive (not anywhere else yet), are hidden, though their hidden attribute is false (or unchecked). ...
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Is there a way to see other Shell property sets in Explorer in Windows 7 and up?

In previous versions of Windows, when you viewed the properties of a file, there was an option to see the "Summary", which displays a standard set of properties from a Shell32 property set. There was ...
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Large zip files content is corrupted when unziped using windows explore

We have a large zip file (25GB) containing mosty pdfs and png files. (about 150000 files) When we unzip the file using windows explore some of the content is corrupted. Some png files shows content ...
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Does a ctrl+a in a folder select the hidden items as well?

Does CTRL + A in a folder select the hidden items as well? Will copying a folder containing hidden files also copy the hidden files? These questions pertain to: Windows Explorer-Win7 Nautilus - ...
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Hide files without attributes

How can I hide files without using the file attributes? I use BitTorrent Sync to synchronize a desktop, but this creates a few files and a folder I don't want to see. I managed to hide most of ...
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Hidden files do not display on brand new user accounts?

I just did a fresh install of Windows 7 and my first user account works fine. However, when I create a new user account And go into Windows Explorer / Organize / Folder and search options / View / ...
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Windows Explorer Does Not Include Hidden Files' Size When Calculating Folder Size

It seems Windows Explorer does not include the sizes of "hidden" files when calculating the parent folder size, even when I check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" in the "Folder and Search ...
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What is the default file association for a file with no extension?

I have a machine that somehow became infected with WEbbiNG Adware. I managed to remove it fine, but it seems it associated itself as the default program to run files without an extension. I have ...