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 do green folders mean in Windows 7 Explorer?

I downloaded a ZIP file and dragged the files out of the ZIP into a directory. The subdirectories I copied displayed in Windows Explorer in green instead of the default black. What does the green ...
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Disable “These files might be harmful to your computer” warning?

I keep getting this irritating warning when copying files over the network: These files might be harmful to your computer Your internet security settings suggest that one or more files may ...
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How do you remove a default program association for file types in Windows 7?

I somehow have set the default file type association for a file type in Windows 7. It doesn't appear to be possible to delete it from the "Change the file type associated with a file extension" ...
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Windows 7, file properties, date modified, how do you show seconds?

Anyone know a way to immediately show the seconds of a file's date modified property in the GUI? So if you create a file, any file in any directory, right-click and choose Properties, the date ...
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Remove “Libraries” from Windows 7 Explorer

Windows 7 has this feature called Libraries. I do not use them and I am quite annoyed by the fact that they are the default "start location" in Windows 7 Explorer. How can I remove them?
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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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Keyboard shortcut for the Windows Explorer address bar

Is there a keyboard shortcut in Windows Explorer (Windows 7), to put the cursor into the address bar (where the current path is shown)?
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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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Remove Desktop entry from Alt+Tab list

Is it possible to remove the entry for the desktop from Windows 7's Alt+Tab list? So far I have found a post telling me to add an entry to the registry: ...
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Windows 7 Explorer: how to show total size of all files in current folder?

In Windows XP Explorer one can turn on Status Bar which shows, among other things, the total size of all the files in the current folder, or if the cumulative size of the selected files. How do I get ...
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How do I go up one level in Windows 7 explorer?

Microsoft seems to make it harder and harder to go "up a level" in explorer with every release, and apparently have done away with it completely in Windows 7. Is there any way to bring back the "up ...
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Can you configure Windows to open JAR files like ZIP files without a 3rd party tool?

I'd like to be able to examine the contents of a JAR file without having to install Winzip or some other tool and without having to rename the file. Windows Explorer can open ZIP files just fine; is ...
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Why does my Windows Explorer no longer refresh itself?

Normally when you do a file operation in Windows Explorer then Explorer refreshes itself. So I delete a file, and it's gone. But since yesterday when I for example delete a file, the file entry ...
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Why does my downloads folder take so long to load?

When I open my downloads folder, no files appear, just a message saying "This folder is empty". I see the address bar progress slowly creeping along, and after about thirty seconds the files and ...
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What are Thumbs.db files for? How can I prevent them from being created?

What are Thumbs.db files for? I've seen them mostly in picture folders. Wherever pictures like icons and wallpapers are located, a Thumbs.db is automatically generated. I've deleted them many times, ...
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Windows 7: Image thumbnails fail to appear

All right, I've got a pretty strange one here. Since I installed Windows 7 on this machine some time ago, image thumbnails have never worked properly. For the vast majority of images, they ...
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Why don't file managers use the Master File Table for instant search results? [closed]

I've just discovered UltraSearch and was blown away by its file and folder search speed. It's instantaneous. And doesn't use any indexing service. It simply uses the NTFS Master File Table, which ...
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Keyboard shortcut to hide/show Explorer navigation

Does Windows Explorer in Windows 7 have a keyboard shortcut that hides or shows the navigation pane? It's pretty annoying each time to click Organize|Layout|Navigation pane...
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Change Windows 7 explorer “Edit” context menu action for jpg and other image file types

When I right click on a jpg file in Windows Explorer (Windows 7), I see that there is an "Edit" menu item. If I click this item, it opens the image in MSPaint. Blah. I have Paint.NET installed, and ...
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Explorer command line switches?

Is there an exhaustive list of command-line switches for Windows Explorer? I know /separate is undocumented in this knowledgebase article as well as this one.
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How to make explorer in Vista remember a folder's view?

For no apparent rhyme or reason Vista will decide to show a folder that was previously in details view to start showing thumbnails. I go to the folder and right-click, Customize, and set it the ...
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How to make Windows Explorer always use detail view?

As a developer I work with a lot of source code files etc. and I need to copy these around, rename, etc. I'm sure any developer knows the drill. Windows Explorer is really "helpful" in suggesting ...
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Is there a way for Windows 7 to show remaining disk space in the status bar?

This is really driving me nuts. I do a lot of moving media files to and from USB drives, and I am constantly looking to the status bar to see how much remaining space I have on a drive. It's quick, ...
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What is the keyboard shortcut to enter address bar of Windows Explorer in the German version of Windows 7?

I open Windows Explorer mostly by using the Win+E shortcut. I want to enter the folder directly after Windows-Explorer opened but for that I have to use the mouse, click to the address bar and then I ...
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Alternative to Windows Explorer for long path names

Update: I found that not only Windows Explorer but also other software suffers from too long path names. For example, in Firefox, when I save a webpage into a directory, I still cannot do it if its ...
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Set a “default” folder for Windows Explorer pinned taskbar icon in Windows 7?

Using Windows 7. I have a Windows Explorer icon pinned to my taskbar. When no Explorer window is open, clicking it takes me to “Libraries”, a folder that I never use. Is there a way to set a default ...
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When resizing Windows Explorer on Windows 8 it crashes?

I have following problem: When I try to change size of any explorer window from maximized to some size getting following screen It blinks 20-30 times, then crashes. Also it changes it's size every ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to “unselect” in Windows Explorer?

If I've got a file (or files) selected in Windows Explorer, the only way I've found to "unselect" them is click with the mouse on some empty space. I thought Esc would do this, but it doesn't. Also ...
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Windows 8.1 search charm slow, with explorer.exe CPU usage at 100%

Since upgrading to Windows 8.1 this weekend, the Search feature became pretty useless. When I start typing, it sends my CPU usage to 100% (Task Manager shows Windows Explorer as the main offender), ...
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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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When renaming files in windows 7, prevent explorer from instantly resorting the list (and losing your place)

In windows explorer, as soon as you rename a file, the list reorders and your focus stays on the file you edited, which is now in a new place in the list. file1.jpg -->editing to z.jpg... ...
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Sync left pane in Windows 7 Explorer with the opened folder

When using the explorer in vista (and xp) if I drill into a folder in right pane of explorer, the folder view stays synchronised. However in Windows-7 I cannot see a simple way of forcing it to do the ...
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Windows 7 - Windows Explorer sorts files and folders separately

When Windows Explorer sorts files, it first sorts files from directories and only then sorts each group using the sort specified (My default is DateCreated). I don't like this as the default behavior. ...
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How to hide desktop.ini files without hiding other hidden files/folders?

Is there anyway to hide desktop.ini files, but unhide them when I need them? They get in the way when I'm moving files and such but I do use them so deleting them isn't an option.
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How to find and open previous versions of a folder programmatically (using PowerShell, WMI, etc)?

I am running Windows 8 Enterprise x64. When I open \\localhost\c$ as a network folder, and then using a context menu open the Properties window of a subfolder (e.g. \\localhost\c$\Deploy as in the ...
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How to get SVG thumbnails in Windows Explorer?

I can open them in browser just OK, but how can I have thumbnails in the Windows Explorer? Edit: I installed Renesis Player as suggested by this answer, but it does not work for me, probably because ...
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why does Windows 7 x64 Explorer.exe suddenly gobble up all available RAM and slow my system to a crawl?

UPDATE: RESOLVED - see my answer below Frequently, while I'm navigating through folders in a Windows Explorer window (Explorer.exe, not to be confused with Internet Explorer), suddenly I'll hear my ...
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How can I generate thumbnail previews for FLV files in Windows 7?

Is there a way to add the ability to show previews of FLV files in Windows Explorer under Windows 7?
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Automatically deleting old files from recycling bin while keeping the new ones?

I want an explorer add-on which will delete old files from recycling bin after a time period. For example, I want to set the time limit to 30 days. When I delete a file in Windows, the software will ...
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Windows Explorer add-in to give tabbed functionality in Windows 7?

Anyone know of a Windows Explorer add-in to give tabs in Windows 7? Previously a very satisfied user of QTTabBar in XP but this doesn't appear to work.
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How do I restore the default Windows 7 “Desktop” folder?

I am trying move the location of my laptop's Desktop folder from one location to another. I had forgotten how to do this, so instead of changing the location via the Location tab in Properties I ...
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Irritating auto-changing column types in Windows Explorer in case of audio/video files

I have an empty folder with regular details view. File name, file size, file type columns are shown and I am happy. Then I put some MP3 or WAV files in. Windows Explorer "kindly" changes the column ...
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How to delete files from a folder using a list of file names in windows?

i have a folder with 2K+ files in it, i need to delete around 200, i have a txt file with all the file names i need removed ordered in a list, how do i remove the specific files from the folder using ...
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Explorer Very Slow and Nonreactive

My Windows Explorer on Windows XP 32Bit is very slow lately. When I start it, it takes up to 10 seconds until it lists all folders and drives. During this time it is nonreactive, which means it does ...
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Windows 7: Add column to ALL music folders

In Windows 7 Explorer, when I open a folder containing only music, it's smart enough to show me a custom set of columns (Name, #, Title, Contributing Artists, Album) that make sense for a music ...
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How to force Windows to save desktop icon positions?

Is there a way to force Windows to save desktop icon positions?
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Is there a way to set up a default folder for Windows Explorer?

I often use Win+E to pop up Windows Explorer, then I usually have to navigate down into a few network folders to find my primary directory. Is there a way to set this folder as the default so that ...
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How to list Explorer extensions and disable them?

I have reason to believe that I may have malware on my system in the form of an Explorer extension. I suspect this because Procmon shows that Explorer.exe keeps re-writing a certain Registry key that ...
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Runas Windows Explorer in Windows 7

I'm having a strange issue with Windows Explorer on Windows 7 Professional. When I try to open it up under different user credentials, I get the following error message: The results are the same ...
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How to add the Windows defender into Windows Explorer's right click menu to scan a particular drive/folder/file on demand in Windows 8?

There is no option in Windows Explorer to scan a particular drive (or file) on demand by right clicking on it in Windows Explorer as we had in Windows 7 with Microsoft Security Essentials or like ...