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Questions tagged [windows-explorer]

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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Windows: Open 3rd-party terminal via Explorer address bar in the current location?

I've been wondering about this simple question for quite some time. I know it can be done but I haven't succeeded in my Registry search. (I have Git for Windows installed and it's integrated just like ...
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Windows 10 Recent Update Freezing Users Up (SharePoint/Office related?)

We use Windows 10 on our machines and we get constant updates automatically. Recently users started having issues where their computer would freeze up when they try to access SharePoint shortcut ...
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Add drives to Windows file explorer navigation pane

I want to display drives C: and D: in the same way that 'This PC' is shown in the navigation pane. I know the process I need to go through (see this answer), however don't know which registry location ...
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How to get the Handle of a specific explorer window in powershell

I'm following this tutorial here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/heyscriptingguy/2015/12/26/weekend-scripter-manage-window-placement-by-using-pinvoke/ They use the code (Get-Process -Name ...
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How to use explorer like functions in Recycle Bin itself?

I have a large folder in the Recycle Bin on Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. I cannot restore that folder (too big) but I want to be able to explore it; like open it so I can restore only the files I want. ...
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How to reset explorer.exe when I can't see it? Text not populating in Task Manager, Windows Explorer, and some other programs

Here's what my problem looks like: I run into this bug occassionally and, inevitably, it's usually when I'm running a lot of processes and can't easily restart. I'd think a reset of explorer.exe ...
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How to display the column “Version number” in Windows Explorer?

I have some files from a CAD software and these files have a "Version number" attribute along with the attributes "Source" and "Authors". I am able to enable the columns "Source" and "Authors" in ...
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Unfunctional Explorer icon on Win10 taskbar

In Win 10 I have the Explorer pinned to the taskbar. I can right-click the icon as usual and am being shown the usual menu with several folders attached to it. However, since a few days, I am not ...
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How to map excel keywords to their specific folders?

I have a list of supermarket items in excel say 6000 products for example. I run a software which takes one product name at a time and performs a google search, and then downloads the most relevant ...
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Windows Explorer Navigation Pane - Manual reordering

I really want This PC to be the first element in my navigation pane, after Quick access, but things like OneDrive and Dropbox give themselves higher priority: How can I reorder or remove specific ...
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Can delete a file through windows explorer but not through batch file

When trying to delete a file from a network location via windows (I am on windows 7) batch file using a "del" command with /f and /q flags, I see an "Access is denied." message, and the file is not ...
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“open windows powershell” not working from windows 10 file explorer

Not sure what happened, but when I open windows 10 file explorer and goto the menu: File->Open Windows PowerShell->Open Windows Powershell Then it doesn't do anything. Meaning it doesn't ...
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How to rename multiple files using Windows Explorer in Windows10?

Let’s start with an example, let's say we have a directory C:\dev\to-delete Under this directory you can find a file: Blah.txt And one folder called Foo Under the Foo folder there is one more file: ...
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Can I get the selected files from an explorer window using powershell?

In Applescript it's pretty easy to get the selected files in a Finder window. tell application "Finder" set finderSelList to selection as alias list end tell Is there an equivalent in Powershell? ...
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Special Folders (Documents, Pictures, etc) Hidden from User Folder in Explorer

I noticed today that if I go to Explorer and click on my username from the Quick Acccess pane to get to my home directory, several of the "special" folders are not displayed--things like Documents and ...
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Sort by “Date modified” does not keep track of files in subfolders

I'm using Windows 10 at the moment. Not sure if this behavior was the same on Windows 7. Let me explain by giving an example. When I open Windows Explorer and go to the root of a drive I get a list ...
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Windows 10 keeps loading thumbnails like if cache doesn't work

Windows 10 keeps loading thumbnails like if cache doesn't work Here is quick e.g. video: https://streamable.com/7n78n I tried many things. Unchecked in explorer folder settings to never show ...
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How to search Windows Explorer for file names containing invalid characters?

I have downloaded over 10,000 files and need to move them to a different folder than my downloads folder. Unfortunately, these files have miscellaneous names, and some of them contain invalid ...
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How to know what ctrl-z will do in windows explorer?

In earlier windows versions, I could open windows explorer and use the menu bar to mouse-over on "undo", and the status bar would show some information about which file(s) will be involved. I seem to ...
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How do I know whether my disk C: is on the SSD or on the HDD? [closed]

I bought an SSD and I cloned the system from the HDD to the SSD using the Minitool Partition Wizard, then changed the boot order in the BIOS and rebooted. I have two disks called OS visible in the ...
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this pc > documents acts different from c > user > name > document

I seem to have encountered something weird. I know that the two folders, this pc and user\name, are the same, and C:\user\name\Documents is just the path to documents. But when I open up documents via ...
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Using the preview function of PDF-files in windows explorer or FreeCommander with OCR/possibility to select

I like to preview files like PDFs or .txt in the Windows Explorer or FreeCommanderXE When previewing .txt files I can select Things with the mouse and copy them. However, PDF-files seems to be just ...
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Some of my Icons on the desktop an all icons in File Explorer are covered in a NEW PAGE icon

I have tried EVERYTHING. Deleted the iconcache.db, set it to READ ONLY, deleted everything in C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer after I stopped explorer and performed this ...
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Masked (hidden) failures copying large folder with File Explorer

When I start copying a very large folder (say 40 GB) in Windows 7 File Explorer, the rate of progress indicates that it may take hours to complete. So I leave it overnight, only to discover in the ...
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Can't change default program for most extensions (Windows 10)

I can't seem to change the default program used to open most file extensions. It's pretty weird. I can edit the default program for .json files and .pdf files, I have found so far. But for .rar files,...
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Can't copy/cut folder from phone to PC in Windows 10

When I unlock and connect my galaxy S8 to my laptop and try to copy a folder named WIN2K that is in 'phone\documents' I get the following dialog box: please embed but then this dialog as well as any ...
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Populating details columns in Windows Explorer

In Windows 10 Explorer, how do I display NTFS alternate data stream contents in the details columns? XP did that.
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Make a Shortcut to C:\Users\<user> Instead of a Shortcut to System Folder

Whenever i make a shortcut to "C:\Users\" or "Pin to Quick access", Windows automatically turns it into a System folder. I don't want to have the shortcut go to the system folder. I want to have it ...
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Let explorer wait for copy to finish

Lets assume, I have an external USB drive with the following content: Ü:\ Folder1\ Data1.file Data2.file Junk1.file Folder2\ Data3.file Junk2.file I ...
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Update Onedrive in File Explorer

I want to use File Explorer for faster access to Onedrive, but for some reason, the Onedrive in File Explorer does not sync at all, it remains the same all the time with no update. How can I get it ...
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Nautilus and File Explorer show different number of files on same folder on shared NTFS partition?

Ubuntu's file manager Nautilus and Windows File Explorer count the total number of files in folders on NTFS partition differently. For an example, Nautilus count one folder to totally 14687 files ...
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“Working on It” .issue for certain folder

I have a folder which contains videos, mainly songs and movies and I'm not able to open it and while trying to open this folder Windows Explorer uses lots of CPU (approx. 50%) and then Explorer ...
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How can I truly run windows file explorer with full administrator privileges on windows 7?

I know this has been asked before because I already tried every answer I could google up. Please read through before marking it as duplicate. My home machine has two accounts set up: one simple ...
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Reopen recently closed File Explorer window in Windows 10

How can I reopen a recently closed File Explorer window in Windows 10? I sometimes close a File Explorer window by mistake and I want to reopen it, but it is deeply buried in list of folders. It is a ...
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Executable of “Open with” dialog on Windows

How can I open the "Open with" dialog in Windows from command line and other programs? Something like openwith.exe myfile or explorer.exe --openwith-dialog myfile
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Is there a method by which a folder can be created with a C:\ root path in Windows 10?

Is there a method by which a folder can be created with a C:\ root path in Windows 10? I would like to move a data folder to a new PC with Windows 10 but, to date, have not been able to create such a ...
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Started explorer.exe as different user, can't switch back

I have two domain accounts (user and admuser) which I'm working with on my Windows 10 Pro machine. Yesterday, as 'user' I Shift+RightClick on C:\windows\explorer.exe and choosed Run as Different User ...
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Error: “Could not find this item” , but file is there

I have a fat32 external drive, copied some working files in it around a year ago. now when I want to copy back them to the PC (Win 10), I'm getting this error for SOME of files: I tried some ...
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Why does Windows keep regenerating unneeded .regtrans-ms files in my user folder?

This is a follow-on question from this one. As concluded in that answer, these files are supposedly registry transaction files - files that should have been merged into the registry at some point and ...
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Windows 10 does not remember icon position

Running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v1803. Missing context menu items View > Auto arrange and View > Align to grid have been restored (using the tips in this article). View > auto arrange is ...
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Find folder using batch

I'm trying to make a script that helps to go through a big library with lots of folders, names and numbers. The part numbers are divided in 4 parts XXX.XX.XX.XXXX. To help the searching the library ...
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How can I stop file contents being displayed in Windows 7 explorer

These file contents details have started being displayed when I search for files in Windows 7. I've looked through folder options and can't find anything that stops them being displayed. I'd prefer ...
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Application behaves differently at launch using associated file

I have a custom-built Windows desktop application that unexpectedly behaves differently on a system with multiple monitors, depending on how it has been launched. My expectation is that it should ...
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Copy file name (without path) to clipboard [duplicate]

I would like to have a keyboard shortcut to write a filename to my clipboard. Currently, I have to hit F2 to start the rename process, followed by CTRL+A to select the whole name and finally CTRL+C to ...
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How to make “New” appear in the contextual menu when a file is selected?

When a file is selected in the Windows 7 Explorer, the contextual menu doesn't show the "New" element: How to force the "New" menu/submenu to appear even if a file is selected? This would make the ...
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Create a text file with a keyboard shortcut in Windows Explorer

I'm using the solution from How to create a new text document (TXT) file by a Hotkey? since a few years, with Autohotkey, and it allows to create a new text file anywhere in the Windows explorer with ...
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Unable to set default program for file types [duplicate]

UPDATE: Someone posted a more in-depth question about the same bug . SSMS wont give up file associations I am trying to get VS Code to be the default program to open particular file types but cannot ...
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Restoring Windows FileExplorer as default for folder association. | Win10 |

I started using Q-dir parallel to the inbuilt Windows10 FileExplorer. Even though I like it much for project focused file management, I made a move that I regretted by now and cannot revert for some ...
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Autohotkey bug after disabling, left-clicking opens new file explorer window instead of maximizing/minimizing

mbutton:: suspend rbutton::shift return I need this script for a 3D software I'm using. Unfortunately I'm getting a bug right after I disable it by pressing middle mouse button. I made a 51 ...
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How to check whether a folder is open or process is being run in windows explorer in cmd?

I'd like to write a .bat file that opens multiple folders if none of the aforementioned folders or files are open, and closes all of the multiple folders if any of them are open in Windows Explorer or ...