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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Any way to get OS X-like Open dialog drag-and-drop behaviour on Windows?

In OS X, dragging and dropping a file from the Finder into a system Open File dialog causes the dialog to navigate to the containing folder and select the dragged file. I would like to have the same ...
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How can I get rid of this phantom icon in Windows 10 explorer?

A dummy icon has appeared in my Devices and drives section in Windows 10 explorer - shown selected here: As you can see, when it's selected the Properties and Rename actions in the ribbon are ...
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How to show icons for some file types and thumbnails for others?

How can I control which file types are shown as thumbnails and which as icons? I do think that showing these tiny little thumbnails for things like text file or spreadsheet is utterly stupid. You can'...
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Getting Folder Properties Dialog Box To Properly Display Folder Filecount Contents and Foldersize

Please take a look at a couple of screenshots. folder properties dialog box for folder on c:-drive: folder properties dialog box for folder on f:-external drive: The first screenshot is the ...
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Is there any way to get a 'Watched' Tag for Video files in Windows Explorer?

Is there any way to add a watched tag automatically on video files in windows explorer for the videos that are partially/completely watched? Something like youtube.com does. If partially watched and ...
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“Size on disk” column missing in Windows Explorer?

I decided to use the "compress this drive to save space" option on my backup drive, which simply houses a Windows Server Backup. I learned that when viewing file properies for files on a drive using ...
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Windows explorer keyboard search timeout

In windows explorer (in Windows 7, at least, and I think most other versions) you can type the name of a folder or file and the highlight bar will follow your keystrokes until you stop typing for a ...
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How to change default folder template for MTP Device?

When connecting an Android Phone to Windows 7 by USB, it connects as an MTP device. The "media" folder template selected by Windows is incorrect for 95% of the folders on the phone. I want to cause ...
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Why does Windows Explorer display a bogus updated time, and is there a way to recalibrate its datetimostat?

Here is my process when testing a Windows CE app: Rebuild it to create new .exe/.dll pairs from the two projects in the solution (PDAClient.exe and HUtilCE.dll). Since I have to do this development ...
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Modifying threshold for Windows Explorer's “minimal” view

Before: After: Is there a registry/hack I can use to control this threshold that triggers it?
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How to open files (music, videos) from FTP directly from Explorer ( Windows Vista)

I have two computers. On the first I have Debian and on the second I have Windows Vista. I've set up vsftpd in Debian and connected to it from Vista. I'm browsing the FTP directory from Windows ...
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Can explorer close “duplicate” windows automatically?

I've got the exact same problem as described here How do I close/prevent duplicate windows in Windows Explorer? I wish explorer could close the duplicate window (the other one, not the one that has ...
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Show different directory icons in windows explorer depending on ownership

In the Windows file explorer - Is there a way to give a certain icon to directories which I own? In Windows xp? In Windows 7? Henrik
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Windows XP, classic theme, empty space at the bottom of taskbar, caused by language bar

I have to use Windows XP for work reasons and this UI bug is a small but constant annoyance. When classic theme is enabled, taskbar elements don't align with the size of the taskbar, leaving a few ...
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Is there a way to make Windows 10 “Quick access” links identifiable?

So.. I guess I visit a lot of different folders, and many of them have similar sounding, non-distinctive names within UNC paths etc. Names like "bin", "Releases", "Windows". Hence, unlike the old ...
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How do I make Quick Access in Windows 10 update to the Folder Redirections path?

We have a Domain Network configured with Group Policy to enable folder redirection on all client machines for Desktop, Documents etc. This group policy is applied and works perfectly, however, the ...
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Windows Explorer crashes if I click a specific file generated by Visual Studio

I have this .dll file I just can't delete: C:\Users\Alisson\Source\Repos\portal-do-guitar-flash\PortalGuitarFlash.Web\obj\Debug\PortalGuitarFlash.Web.dll I have admin rights and the only way of ...
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Edit text from the preview pane in Windows Explorer

Is there any way to configure Windows Explorer so as to be able to edit text from the preview pane, when previewing text files? I use Windows 7 SP1 x64 Ultimate.
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explorer.exe, windows 10 slow login with one user

I have 3 users on my computer using Windows 10. One of them recently became slow to login (6 seconds instead of 2). I looked in event viewer and both users have the same history when loging in. It ...
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How does Windows Explorer determine categories for devices on the network?

I have a number of devices on my network: some PC's, servers, and printers. When using Windows Explorer to view my network devices are separated into two categories: Computer (Number of devices) ...
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How do you make Windows Taskbar list view not truncate long paths?

I would like to be able to differentiate between several different long paths in windows explorer when I bring up the list view, but I have been unable to find a way to achieve this. I found ...
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How to remove double drive listing in Windows 10?

In Windows 10, whenever I insert a USB or External HDD, it gives me two listings for it in the Explorer pane: Is there any way I can remove the second listing? Preferably the standalone one, as I'm ...
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Windows 10 File Explorer

How do I change the background color and font in file explorer in Windows 10? In Windows 7 and earlier it was easier. You could set color and font for the various parts of the window itself.
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Windows 8 explorer crashing every 30seconds because of twinui.dll

my Windows 8.1 PC seems to have a problem. I can't see all icons on the Start Page and the explorer.exe crashes every 30 seconds with the following message in the EventViewer: <Event xmlns="http://...
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Add more folder templates in windows explorer

Windows, since the old days, includes 5 folder templates that one can use to modify the UI. Plus, once a template is updated, all folders with that template get the same settings. That would be ...
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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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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 change Windows Explorer's show columns context menu

Is there any way to change this menu's list of columns for any and all folders, in such way that whenever I want to add an actually useful column to the current view I don't need to look it up in the "...
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Windows' Security warning on all files on local drives

Users usually can download portable software and use it from local drives withount any warning. (I mean small executables just as putty.exe or a portable application from PortableApps.com) However ...
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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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How to display the size for folder in windows explorer?

Just wondering that if there is a way to display the size of folder in size column inside of windows explorer? by default, it only display the size of a file, you have to use right click and ...
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Chrome and Firefox Crash When Bringing Up Windows Explorer

I am having a weird issue lately on my laptop. I am running Windows 7 and I have IE v10, Chrome v36, and Firefox v31. All my browsers are up to date and all Windows Updates are installed. The issue ...
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Remove desktop after killing explorer.exe

I have a machine where the default windows shell has been replaced with a custom program using gpedit.msc; at the startup I see only the custom program on a black screen, that it's what I want; ...
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windows can't show flashdisk

It just happened recently, it shows in Device Manager, it also appear in Disk Management, and also, I can open it, but I can't explore it? Here's some screenshot In Device Manager: In Disk ...
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Speedier File Access in Window Manager/File Explorer when File Names have Similar Starts

I was wondering both from a Windows [7] and a GNU-Linux system set-up perspective: When you are opening files in the File Explorer/Window Manager and you type in the first letters in the file's name ...
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How to prevent This PC node from automatically expanding when I open File Explorer?

How do I prevent the "This PC" node from automatically expanding each time I open Windows Explorer/File Explorer on Windows? There must be a registry key somewhere, but I cannot find it. I have ...
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Windows 7 Navigation Bar — show only plain favourites?

Is there a method to force Windows 7 show only plain list of favourites every time a new Explorer window is open? I love the way it was previously done in Vista (no tree, no root item):
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Windows Explorer keeps crashing in Windows 8.1

This started a few days ago on a machine that has been running WIn 8.1 for over a month. I just finished a clean install of Windows 8.1 with a handful of apps like Dropbox and Office. Yet I'm still ...
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How can I force Windows to display the seconds in the date modified/created column of Explorer?

This is primarily for Windows 7, but I work in multiple versions and would happy to be able to do it in as many of them as possible. Currently, when I open Explorer and look at a list of files, the ...
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Windows Explorer 25% CPU usage while computer is idle?

I am facing a problem with my Windows Explorer. I cannot figure out why this happens even if the computer is idle. When I try to run some games that are old(released before 2005), at first trial the ...
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Tagging files in Windows 7

Is there a way to enable file tagging in Windows 7 like it was possible with XP? I think all the file properties are handled by the file system, not the OS itself, so there must be some registry fix ...
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Can't rename folders or files on mobile devices

Since Windows 8 is running on my notebook (clean install, no upgrade), I can't rename folders or files on mobile devices running Windows Mobile or CE and connected with ActiveSync (via USB) anymore (...
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Changing the color of compressed items in explorer search results

I have enabled both of options to compress NTFS files, and to show affected items with an alternative color under Exprorer->Tools->Folder Options. The issue I'm having is with the default color. To ...
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Setting custom icons based on files' contents

I'd like to have a custom icon for the files with extension .extension the same way images do. In the Windows Explorer I see a preview of images as their icon. Instead of having a general icon for ....
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Change size of Windows 7 Explorer most recently used searches list

Is it possible to increase the size of Windows 7 search MRU list? Below is URL to screenshot which describes what I'm saying about. The default 3 items in list is not always convenient. I know ...
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How to stop file explorer Windows 8 from showing large icons in folders with videos?

Whenever I have a folder with videos, it shows the filenames as large icons. I prefer to show the Details view in all the folders regardless of content type. I don't want to manually change the view ...
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Automatically renaming duplicate filenames in Windows 7 when copying to a folder?

Is there a way of automatically renaming duplicate filenames in Windows 7 when copying to a folder? The only two options that show are effectively cancel copy and overwrite, which is infinitely ...
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How to customize Windows 7 Explorer navigation?

I would like to customize the left side of my windows explorer. Can someone point me to a tutorial how to do this or maybe even give me a solution? I would like to change it from left (how it looks ...
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Windows 7 Recent Places behaviour

Apparently it only lists the folders or places when you open a file or perform an action inside it. If you visit a folder and move back or close the explorer without opening any file inside it, it ...
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Why I Don't See Contents Of Folder When Tabbing?

Usually if I remember correctly, when I browsed between multiple folders and was pointing mouse cursor on folder, I could see its contents, but not anymore: All I see are icons; one with earth ...