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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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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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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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 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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Run a ppsx slideshow before explorer.exe loaded when PC startup using login script

My company would like to broadcast some message to all user. They would like to show a message on the screen when user's windows startup. We prepare a ppsx slideshow file for the broadcast. I am ...
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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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Turn off change file extension warning in Windows 7

Is there a way to turn off the file extension rename dialog in Windows 7? The one that says Rename: If you change a filename extension, the file might become unstable. Are you sure you want 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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Move appdata folder

I have seen many questions with moving the appdata folder location to a different partition. This is a more general question with how can it be moved to any location I choose. For instance ...
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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 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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Explorer does not auto-refresh

When I create a folder or copy files, after the operation finishes I have to manually refresh the Explorer window (F5). For example, when I create a folder, I don't see the "New Folder" until I hit ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Delete Protected WMA

I have several hundred protected WMA files that I don't want to keep, spread in a several level deep folder structure. Is there an easy way to detect these files and delete them? There are also ...
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How to delete a user's folder in Windows 8.1?

I have a laptop which is being given to a different employee. I added a new Administrator account and deleted the old one. I deleted the User from the Windows 8.1 user utility thingy. So the user is ...
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Windows 7 will not to back

Windows explorer windows will not go back to previous page/folder. The same happens to internet browsers as well, specifically Chrome and IE. Examples: Using windows explorer to go into folders. Go ...
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Sort by bar dissapeared in Windows 7 folder explorer when viewing icons

Under Windows 7 sorting by thumbnail icon files takes longer, or a different path of clicks. I have to switch viewing files in details mode (select from the sorting bar) and then sort by date ...
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is there a way to disable Windows from switching window focus when I am typing? [duplicate]

Sometimes when I am typing in a notepad, command prompt, webpage, or the file explorer address bar, or even any other place where typing is allowed, it happens that the currently active window loses ...
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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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Viewing Windows Explorer’s complete Undo history

Background Windows Explorer maintains a list of file operations so that you can undo them (10 operations up to XP and 32 from Vista). You can see the last operation without performing it by opening ...
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Put all Msysgit's right-click context menu options in a sub-menu in Windows Exporer?

edit: opened an issue on Git-Cheetah's GitHub page. Is it possible to put all Msysgit's right-click menu options in a sub-menu? All of the options makes my menu enormous
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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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Opening file:// links in explorer through chrome

I'm switching our company's preferred browser from IE to Chrome and I've run into a problem. When opening file:// links on our intranet, they open in chrome rather than explorer. Is there any way to ...
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Windows explorer search on file extension length

I have a client who was recently victimized by CTBLocker. The ransomware has been removed, and most of the files have been recovered. However, the C: drive is now very full of files created by the ...
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Windows 7 CPU usage high for Explorer.exe and DWM.exe

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate. I get a problem with two processes: explorer.exe and sometimes dwm.exe. The two processes tend to have a CPU usage between 20-30%. It only occurs when I play games on my ...
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How to select and scroll preview up/down using keys, not mouse?

I'm using Windows 7 and Explorer. If I select a PDF and press ALT+P to show the preview pane, how then using keys may I scroll up/down? E.g. key to the pane and then use up/down arrow. Note: keys, ...
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keys for scroll up/down

What keys perform scroll up/down on the Windows 7 Explorer preview pane? Or, (since the above gives "This question body does not meet our quality standards. Please make sure that it completely ...
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KB980408: Fix for Explorer freezing: does anyone know what app caused it?

Microsoft released an update for Windows 7 today (Tuesday, April 27, 2010): KB980408: The April 2010 stability and reliability update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is available. The ...
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After remote desktop, target PC some shortcuts don't work, possibly loses %windir%

I ran into a problem on a PC a few months ago and have really now got to look at (partly because I thought it was due to a failing stick of RAM that was causing BSODs). My PC runs Windows 7 x64 When ...
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Windows Explorer Recursive Copy Unknown File Types

I am attempting to move all files (several different types of files, potentially) from a single root directory and all nested folders within the root. There could several different levels of ...
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Windows Explorer view options for individual folders

I have one folder whose view options I would like to set for "Large Icons". For another folder, I want to set its view options for "Details". Unfortunately, it seems I can only set it globally. Is ...
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How do I find the source of empty items in my Explorer context menu?

When I open the context menu for certain files (image files as far as I can tell), I see empty spaces in the menu: How can I find what the source of these are?
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Everything running super slow in Windows 7 on my Dell Laptop

Recently my laptop has become really sluggish. I have Windows 7 and Windows Explorer often freezes or the hour glass comes up and never goes away. I often can't close windows, and when I do, again the ...