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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File explorer keeps showing icons for some folders

I have Windows 7. I like the detailed list view in Explorer (File explorer). I don't want to see icons ever in my Explorer windows, I only want detailed lists everywhere without fighting regularly. I ...
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Increase size of file path pane in windows search?

In normal file explorer, you can resize columns by dragging them around using the little tab marker type things: In windows search, you can't do this for some reason! There are no tab markers to ...
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How enable ctrl + arrow up in windows xp?

In windows 7 I can go to next (upper) folder level in explorer just press ctrl+arrow up. Is there a way to set this shortkey in windows xp?
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Why I am not able to see folder icons in Windows Explorer and Properties window takes time to open after I right click on file or folder

I am facing this issue after installing windows update on Windows 8.1 x64 machine. I am not able to see icons / thumbnails of folders in Windows Explorer. The other issue I am facing is whenever I ...
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Set Windows Explorer to default to my user folder

I can change the target property for explorer (Windows Explorer, not IE) to this: %windir%\explorer.exe /n,/e,c:\Users\Admin But I don't want to open there. Windows seems to create something ...
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Always sort Recent Places by date modifed

I used to always have the Recent Places shortcut folder sorted by date modified (which is the only reasonable way to sort it). But some time ago it started sorting it by name automatically. No matter ...
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Use Windows Explorer for viewing web pages

On some XP machines I have noticed that you can view web pages inside of windows explorer by typing a URL into the address bar. Internet explorer does not open, However on this computer when I type a ...
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Virus causing multiple explorer.exe instances using high memory [duplicate]

To begin, yes, there are similar questions out there, even on this site. However, none of them seem to off a solution outside of format the computer. Story time! (Or the background to this whole ...
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Adjust timeout for folder auto-expansion when dragging/dropping files

When dragging and dropping files in Windows 7 Explorer, if you hover over a folder, after a certain time, that folder will expand, allowing you to navigate to sub-folders to drop the files. Is there ...
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How to enable the “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” checkbox

I have a 7-Zip file on my (Windows 7) desktop with the extension .7z. I was mistakenly led to believe that Windows 7 could handle it like it handles its own "Compressed (zipped) folders". So I did ...
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How do I reload windows without rebooting

I was wondering, is it possible to reload all the files in windows without rebooting the system to save time like when you install a new program and it asked you to reboot your PC, but instead I want ...
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windows8 windows explorer automatically change its view mode to “detail” and sort by “name”

windows8 windows explorer automatically change its view mode to "detail" and sort by "name" automatically every once in a while, this happens only in my download folder which is placed in the default ...
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Sorting folders in Windows Explorer?

I'd want to know how to ensure that all my folders will be sorted and displayed on top of all the files in Windows Explorer
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explorer.exe eating memory like crazy

I have a Windows 7 operating system. When I boot up and do nothing, explorer.exe starts to consume memory like crazy, like around 2GBs and so. When I kill it from task manager, everything is still ...
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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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Can't stop Windows Server 2012 Explorer opening folders/files on single click instead of double click

In Windows Explorer on Windows Server 2012 R2, I have the option "Double click to open an item (single-click to select)" set. In fact the other options are disabled for some reason. However explorer ...
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Swap open windows on two monitors

I am using two main programs on both of my monitors (one program each), but sometimes I want to see the program on the second monitor on my 'main' monitor. Can I somehow switch every open window from ...
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What does registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Wbem\CIMOM\ThrottleDrege do?

What does registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Wbem\CIMOM\ThrottleDrege do? Background to this is that one of our users is experiencing abnormally slow copy of files on his Windows 8 ...
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How can I add Google Drive to “This PC” in the Windows Explorer sidebar?

The title says it all really. I have Google Drive already installed of course.
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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Windows explorer shows different results than using dir command

I'm using "dir" to output the contents of a network drive to a text file for processing. The directory has ~135k files. When I search for a specific keyword in the windows explorer search box, I get 4 ...
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Windows Explorer on taskbar not working

The shortcut for Windows Explorer on the taskbar has seemingly broken. It shows the default icon and when I click it, I get the following message, "Can't open this item. It might have been moved, ...
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How to change shortcut links priority in Windows File Explorer?

How can I change shortcut links priority in left side of Windows File Explorer (like Favorite, Library, Computer)? For example, by default Favorite link is top of all other links. So how can I ...
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Why is using a URL as filename in Windows Explorer so slow?

When I attach a file in Gmail, add a picture in a StackExchange post, etc., I often use a URL as filename in Windows Explorer: It typically takes a few seconds, usually between 5 and 10 seconds. ...
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How to edit files on a Windows FTP folder?

I own several FTP sites and I always used FileZilla to copy/edit files on them. Now I'm trying to take advantages(?) from "FTP folders" on Windows 8.1. My intent is to transfer and edit my remote ...
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How do I get Windows 8.1 to display image thumbnails when using the modern explorer?

This is a most frustrating problem with image thumbnails in Windows 8.1; I'm not sure when exactly my computer started doing this. The problem only affects browsing pictures in the modern explorer ...
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Customizing or adding favorites to the Windows 8.1 Metro File Picker

Windows 8.1 comes with a touch-friendly file picker. It's a better UI than the old Windows Explorer file picker for touch devices like my Surface Pro 3. However, there are a few annoying things ...
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Trouble deleting TIFF images

I am doing some processing of TIFF images and experiencing some trouble deleting them when I am done. I make sure that I close all the processes that may be locking the file, but still the explorer ...
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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 can I make Windows Explorer show FTP server files without it using IE?

I work for a manufacturing company. In one of our labs we have a laptop running XP SP3 and IE7. This laptop is disconnected from the internet, and has not been updated or purposefully modified in some ...
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moving files in file explorer (windows 8) [duplicate]

I have most of my music in one large folder called music collection. In this folder most of the files are separated in folders by artist. I want to get rid of all those folders and just use the main ...
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How to prevent explorer.exe to get laggy when some network paths are not available?

I have set up some network path in Windows 8.1 which can only be accessed when I'm connected to a VPN. I don't want to re-map/add them every time when I connect to the VPN (I do this quite often). If ...
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How to sort folders in Win Explorer without 3rd party app?

I have thousands of files nested within subfolders of subfolders. When I am in the root directory with a list of all my main folders, I want to be able to sort by size (largest main folder to ...
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All .lnk associated with an explorer - mistake

I wanted to associate folder shortcuts to my new File Explorer Total Commander (or TCM). So I changed them in Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set Associations But what I did change was ...
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Win 8.1 Explorer Address Bar Drop Down remove items (control panel, etc.)

i have a simple question about removing some entries from the windows explorer bar drop down menu (not the internet explorer address bar). How can i remove the marked items from the screenshot? They ...
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Open with only lists choose default program for .py files

The context menu for a .py file in file explorer is only giving the Choose default program... option in the context menu. Currently it runs it with python.exe by default. If I change the default ...
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How to custom sort Window Explorer on 'Comments' column

I've added Comments to .pdf files using the program File Metadata, and then I enabled a Windows Explorer comments column. This sorts reverse alphabetically i.e. Zaphod, Widget, Constantine, Adam, ...
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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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Hotkey for “Send to..”

I have a lot of image files. I want to look at files' previews in windows file explorer. Then select files I want, press key combination to send this files to my specific folder. As if I press right ...
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How can I get Explorer Search to search for #? [duplicate]

How can I get Explorer Search to find all and only files containing the character # ? Here: simply entering # gives a false result: Likewise, entering "#" . EDIT: Folder Options, 'Find partial ...
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Why does Explorer Search find some matches and miss others?

Why does Explorer search find some matches and miss others? E.g. in the first three are missed:
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Can you start the Explorer copy dialog from the command line?

Is it possible to trigger an Explorer style file copy in Windows, such that the copy file dialog is displayed? I'm aware of copy, xcopy and robocopy commands but I'm specifically looking to spawn the ...
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Rating any items via Explorer's “Rating” column in Windows 7 [duplicate]

Windows 7 has a "Rating" column in its Windows Explorer (aka File Explorer): (images taken from google) The rating also shows up for media files such as images and videos in the lower pane of the ...
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RTMP Explorer's Not Working Correctly

I Was Trying to Download A Video With RTMP Explorer. But When I Paste The Video URL Then It Shows Me That I Have Not Install Adobe Flash Player. But I Have The Latest Version Of It. Don't Know Why ...
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Why is Windows Explorer not updating when I do things?

Right now, if I rename a file in windows explorer, or right click->create new folder (or new file), or do a bunch of other things, I don't see the result of the action (i.e., the file's name stays the ...