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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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How can I hide settings' results from windows search box

I wondered if it was possible to disable settings and control panel's results in the windows search box as follow : Also, I would love to know if the "Settings" tab seen above can also be ...
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How do you make a file that acts as a shortcut to another file in a SharePoint document library?

I'm trying to make a file that acts as a shortcut to another file in a SharePoint document library on both the web version and the file explorer. I have tried the following: LNK Files I can create a ...
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Automatically Open a File when A certain directory is opened in Windows Explorer

Is it possible to open a certain text file or a file with specific extension, when I open a particular directory in Windows Explorer in Windows 10? Here is one possible scenario for this request: I ...
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Windows 10 - Way to change default search mode in Windows Explorer to 'Current folder'

Has anyone found a way / hack to set the default search mode in Windows Explorer to 'Current folder'? I probably need to search for a folder, by partial name, in the current directory (no recursion) ...
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Windows 11: Why do DCF and NTFS property pages look different?

I have two "drives" plugged into my computer via USB - one is my iPhone SE (1st gen), and another is my HDD. According to Windows Explorer, the iPhone supposedly uses the DCF file system in ...
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Can I enable Alt key shortcut navigation of explorer window menus in Windows 11?

I made heavy use of the Alt key navigation of explorer menus in Windows 10. Did Microsoft just kill this very helpful feature for no apparent reason, or is there some way to re-enable it? Further ...
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Force "Group by" in a folder in Windows Explorer

I have a specific folder that I want to be always opened with Group by date view, in the Windows File explorer. Every now and then, when I reopen this folder, it comes back to the default folder view ...
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Windows 10 explorer.exe opens Unix-like file paths in browser, resolves to odd domains

I forgot I was on a Windows (10) machine and accidentally typed "/tmp" into the path textbox at the top of the file explorer. Interestingly, it opened Firefox (99) and navigated to https://...
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How can I prevent the 0x80004005 error from appearing when I run AutoHotkey code?

#IfWinActive, ahk_exe explorer.exe ; only for explorer ^sc07B:: selected = % Explorer_GetSelection() ; get currently selected item in explorer as source ;*[test] ...
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Explorer.exe stopped working

I assume some files have been corrupted, with chkdsk /f /r returning no disk errors, as every 5s I receive InPageError c000009c and 00000003. How do I troubleshoot?
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What all can be used between two "%" signs in windows file explorer to quickly navigate to a specific location?

If this should be asked in another site, please let me know. I apologize as I do not know the correct nomenclature for what this is called. Example: Using %localappdata% will navigate me to "C:\...
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Win11 Explorer: How to CONTROL the columns shown for file listing? [duplicate]

When I open a folder full of mp3 files, Explorer defaults to a set of media-centric columns that are hostile to my needs. I want to see file name, creation date, file size... always (And I don't need ...
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Did Windows 11 remove the Shell sub-key under HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon?

Context: I was trying to add an application to the Winlogon Shell sub-key so that it starts loading along with the GUI on startup. It works fine, but I had to create the Shell sub-key and add "...
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Is it not possible to stop Windows File Explorer from redirecting to a browser when you mistype anything in the address bar?

Every time you mistype a term in File Explorer, it'll automatically hijack and open up a browser thinking you wanted to search the web. This is easily the most annoying "feature" and I haven'...
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Windows 10 Explorer changes all of its opened windows' folder paths to "This PC" after sleep (?)

For quite some time already, opened windows of file Explorer sometimes automatically change the current path to "This PC" folder -- presumably, this might be tied to sleep mode or drives ...
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How do I use "Ctrl" key and "V" in Windows 10 to "Paste" to a directory selected with the mouse instead of the current directory?

How do I use "Ctrl" key and "V" in Windows 10 to "Paste" to a directory selected with the mouse instead of the current directory? I want to change the behavior to the ...
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How to launch new instance of Explorer with start command in Windows?

I want to start a new instance of explorer.exe every time I run start \\path even if the same path is already launched in a window. Currently it works like this: start C:\Users It launches a window ...
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Sort lines with "natural order" in Notepad++ like Windows Explorer?

Q: Is it possible to sort line with "natural order" (or what it calls, I'm not sure the correct name) like/similar to Windows Explorer? With or without plugin are fine Demo lines: text 1 ...
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How can I add "Type" column filter to Windows Explorer's context menu?

I want to see "Type" column filter menu, when I right click to the empty area in a folder/drive. I have marked the menu which I have mentioned it with a red box: How can I achieve this?
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Windows is not finding my file what to do?

Here is my list of files Here is the result of search Also crossposted to https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-files/windows-is-not-finding-my-file/49909b75-da38-4f94-...
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Slow file explorer on Windows 11

File Explorer on my Windows 11 machine is somehow slow when I try to: Navigate between folders Create new files/folders It takes somehow 5+ seconds in order to respond to any action. Notes I think ...
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Set up a Windows 10 library that acts like a folder

I am moving to a new laptop, and want to create a library that acts like the one I created on my old laptop, but don't remember how I did it any more. Instructions say to navigate to Libraries and ...
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Windows 11 file explorer no longer shows thumbnails for PNG images

Thumbnails for .jpg, .webp, .mp4, and other file formats seem to work just fine, it's only .png files that don't work. Things I've tried: Removing my thumbnail cache using the disk cleanup utility ...
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Using command prompt (cmd.exe) to "open new window" in explorer at a specific path under the same process in Windows 10

NOTE: This is NOT a question about opening a cmd prompt window instance in the current explorer folder path. I've scoured the internet trying to find an answer to this, but have come up empty. So far, ...
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Manually change a folder's meta data

In the Windows File Explorer I can select some 320 different columns1 to display for various files and folders, see the screenshot below. I'd like to be able to manually manipulate the contents of ...
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Windows 11 Search in Zip File not Working

So background, on Windows 10 I used to be able to search the contents of a .zip file for all files with a given file extension, such as *.eps. From there I could select the files that I wanted and ...
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Windows 10 Explorer search cant find files

While recently trying to located some lost files, I noticed that my Windows Explorer search was not functioning properly. As a test, I typed in a file I knew existed in a location: C:\Users\USERNAME\...
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Windows 11 ucrtbase.dll explorer crash 0xc0000409

I have been having crashes with explorer.exe Does anyone know how I can fix this Faulting application name: Explorer.EXE, version: 10.0.22000.527, time stamp: 0x59dc9944 Faulting module name: ucrtbase....
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Dragging large folder past File Explorer (Windows Explorer) 'Navigation' pane can cause FE hang and crash

Is there any way to prevent hang when dragging a large file or folder and inadvertently crossing over the Navigation pane en route? Here's a snip I took while it was hanging. I just barely touched ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 explorer keeps crashing

Since a couple of weeks now I've had the problem that the explorer on my Sever 2012 keeps crashing. This started happening (according to my collegues) after I (accidently) copied fonts over to all the ...
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Display folders first in File Explorer search

Whenever I search for something (in this case "*") in File Explorer, folders appear mixed in with files: Is there a way to make it display all folders at the top like it does outside of ...
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Garbled text in Windows Explorer address bar

The text input field in the address bar is garbled, on top of the icon, and unusable. When I click on it with the regular arrow shaped cursor, then I cannot enter text. All kinds of graphics errors ...
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Cannot delete files (on a ReFS volume, with leading and trailing periods)

I have a few thousand files (14,000) on my Windows machine, all named .TARDIRPERMS. that i cannot delete: I can see them in Windows Explorer, and on the command line, but neither can delete the files....
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Replicate GUI behavior when opening an explorer window with command line in Windows 10?

If I double click a shortcut to a folder and open that folder, then I double click the same shortcut again, Windows doesn't open a second instance of the folder, it activates (or maximizes) the folder ...
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Windows explorer slow, specifically after opening an archive

I recently noticed my windows explorer drastically slowing down and increasing its CPU usage after having opened a zip, a problem that stays even AFTER having navigated out of the zip. With this I ...
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How to move Solution Explorer to the left in Visual Studio

The layout of the Solution Explorer section on my Visual Studio 2022 is on the right, is there a way to move it to the left? I need the Explorer on the left so it looks like the solution explorer for ...
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Windows 10 Explorer Sometimes not displaying Length of Video

I use windows 10 and the default file explorer. One day, some of the files started not displaying their length count anymore: Before: After: I've ran into this issue before, as I was downloading ...
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Office 2019 - Preview pane is not working for Excel files in protected view

I faced a problem with Excel files and preview pane in Explorer. When I select an Excel file that is stored locally, it shows the preview as expected. However, when I select a file from a network ...
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how to disable double click rename in Windows?

When I double click a file, sometimes it will not open the file but turns into rename prompt. How can we disable this function? I have set my mouse-double-click-speed to the slowest side, but I still ...
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(Windows) Delete JetBrains IDE File Type Name

I used to have 4 JetBrains IDEs: IntelliJ, GoLand, PyCharm, and CLion. However I deleted them because they were not very light weight and I discovered the greatness of Neovim. However, whenever I open ...
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How do I show all custom shortcut keys in Windows 10?

How can I see a list of all shortcut keys assigned in Windows? I’m talking about the shortcut you can assign to launch an application by choosing its icon, going to properties, and then “Shortcut Key” ...
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File explorer hangs on file selection only if Visual Studio 2012 is open

Windows explorer hangs (cursor turns to wait cursor) for about 7 seconds on selecting (via mouse or keyboard) any file from any folder or drive ONLY if Visual Studio 2012 is open. Once the cursor ...
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Is there a way to prevent accidental dragging and dropping in Windows Explorer or on the server side? [duplicate]

Last week somebody accidentally dragged a folder into another folder on our network drive. This happens now and then, it has happened to me as well. The network drive is an Ubuntu Samba / SMB drive. ...
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Applying View Options to Uploads

(First post here, so forgive me if I get anything wrong.) I'm an artist, so I have a lot of image folders, and a lot of images in those folders. I order them by date to avoid confusion, but whenever I ...
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How can I exclude one or more drives (hard drives) from my search when searching in My PC in an explorer window in Win10 Pro?

I want to search my local hard disks and my removable USB thumb drives while excluding my Google Drive (G:). I'm trying to search using an explorer window using the search box (F3). My location bar is ...
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Navigate to real folder after searching

I do search in explorer for particular file and get list of results. In case I enter to one of results I get into folder with required files, but path name starts with words "Search Results ..&...
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Find files by contents (Windows 11)

I'm trying to search through 15 years of bank statements (PDF) for a specific payment amount, $42.69. I used Windows explorer file search (bar in upper right corner of file explorer) in the folder ...
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Preventing Windows File Explorer from Reading Media Metadata

I have a Windows 11 media archive folder containing 5,000+ media files, mostly jpg, mov & mp4. By default, the first time File Explorer opens the folder it reads every one of the files to extract ...
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How to add file types to file explorer right click options in Windows 11?

I understand there are answers out there for resetting the right click context menu for file explorer in Windows 11 back to Windows 10, but I was wondering if anyone knows how to add a file type/...
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How do you make new txt documents from the folder explorer in Windows 11? [duplicate]

Windows 11 no longer has the .txt option when right clicking in file explorer and clicking new. I saw some stuff about restoring the old Windows 10 right click menu, but what if we just want to add ...
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