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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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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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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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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3rd party browsers can't “open in folder”

I have a problem with with Chrome and Mozilla where after I download a file, I cannot open the folder directly from the browser. If I click on the "open in folder" or equivalent button in either of ...
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Google Drive status icons not appearing in Windows Explorer

I have installed the Google Drive client for Windows. However, the status icons (green check mark, à la DropBox) are not appearing next to the files' names in Explorer. I'm running Windows 7 Pro SP1, ...
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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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Where does Windows store CPU affinity settings?

I’m experiencing a strange issue in Windows XP. On bootup, any processes spawned by the system (services, autorun programs, etc.) are set to use both of the CPU’s threads. Explorer however, and any ...
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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 ...
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Explorer image thumbnails are grey/incomplete/partial

[2 months later] I haven't found any other sources addressing this problem. And it's still happening. Doing this update/edit to possible catch someone's eye and get some suggestions? [Original] I ...
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How can I make Windows Explorer show file modified date instead of created date?

The date shown in Windows Explorer in Windows 7 shows by default the "created date", can I change it to modified date?
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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 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 ...
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How do I get Dropbox folder in file explorer in Windows 8?

In Windows 7 I had a folder for Dropbox in File Explorer. It is not present in Windows 8 although I have installed the Dropbox App for Windows 8?
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Stop Windows 7 Explorer from automatically expanding folders

Windows 7 Explorer can be opened in any folder from the command line. But, it automatically expands (on the left nav panel) the Favorites, Desktop, and [Username] folders. This makes it hard to see ...
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Editing MP3 details in Windows 7

I've recently discovered an annoying problem with Windows 7: Windows Explorer and Windows Media Player cannot edit ID3 tags if the version used is 2.4 (and presumably above, and sometimes even v2.3 - ...
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Windows Explorer crashes when opening particular drive

I have Windows 7 Professional SP1 32 bit installed on my machine. Whenever I open the E drive, my Windows Explorer crashes. This doesn't affect other drives and Explorer doesn't crash when opening ...
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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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Save window locations of applications

I am trying to find a way to have a button or key combination that when pushed would re arrange all the windows on the desktop to a pre determined state. There are 5 programs that need to be arrange ...
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Mapped drives “stuck” on Windows 7 after disconnecting them..solutions?

Some digging around suggests that this is a common-ish problem, but instead of workarounds, I'd like to see if there is a way to fix this once and for all. Having to restart the shell to get basic ...
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Error opening Excel files from Windows Explorer

I'm running Microsoft Excel 2007 on a 32-bit Windows 7 install. As of yesterday, when I try to open an Excel file from the desktop/Windows Explorer, Excel starts and displays the error There was a ...
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Add Dropbox or other Links in Windows Explorer 8.1

Is there a way to add Dropbox (or Google Drive, Box, etc) to the Desktop area in Windows Explorer? In-between SkyDrive and Chris? Skydrive is more or less forced on you in 8.1, but it remains unused ...
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Sorting by Date - Very Slow

I'm using Windows 8 RTM. I have about 1,100 files in a folder. When I sort by date (in either direction), The address bar shows the green progress indicator as if it's working hard to perform the ...