Windows Explorer is the default graphical file system browser and manager included in all Microsoft operating systems since Windows 95. It is sometimes referred to as the "Windows Shell," though it is actually just one component of the Windows shell.

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search for just folders in windows explorer

Here's another dumb question. Is there a way to search in windows explorer for just folders? I know folders get sorted to the top, but I'm always looking for that extra option...
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Remote Desktop mangles files when copying

I have a Windows Vista Business box at work and Windows XP Professional box at home. Both are updated to the teeth, but the problem still remains. The symptoms are: This happens when I connect from ...
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WinXP DVD/CD freezes Explorer for 8-12 minutes, then continues as normal

A user came to me with a CD containing 24 PDFs, complaining that he couldn't read the disk on his computer. I was able to read the disk with no problem on my PC. I went to his desk, put the CD in his ...
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Explorer Right Click Context Menu Items Missing

OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2 When I right click on a file/folder most of the third party context menu items are missing. These are the items like 7zip , Unlocker, Winamp ... which adds entry to right ...
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How to stop explorer.exe from keeping files open

I have a Windows 2003 server machine, this machine is backed up by a nightly scheduled task that copies files and folders to a portable USB hard drive (encrypted using TrueCrypt) Every week the ...
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Explorer dies on XP Pro in a Windows 2003 network

I have two Windows XP SP3 workstations, one of them is recently freshly installed. The workstations are connected to a Windows 2003 server with a cabled local network. The problem I have is that ...
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Windows Explorer Toolbar button for Hide/Show Hidden or System files?

Has anyone run across a nice small Windows Explorer Shell Extension that simply adds toolbar buttons at the top of the window to Hide/Show Hidden files and to Hide/Show System files? I know about the ...
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What is the best way to remove 100,000 files from a Windows Directory

I had a user with more that 100,000 files in a single directory. The machine locks up and become unusable for a long time whilst the Explorer fills up memory and the machine can crash. Is there a ...
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Windows7: No disk usage in status bar? [closed]

I am trying out Windows 7 RC, and one thing annoys me a bit. In windows XP (Can't remember how it was in Vista...) when browsing folders I could see how much free space I had on the disk in the status ...
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Hiding network mapped drives in Windows XP

Is it possible to map a network drive but conceal this in Windows Explorer? Currently users are all using different drive letters to access the same network resources, and I would like to standardise ...
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Change starting location of Explorer from Windows-E

How do I change which folder/location Windows Explorer opens to when I run it by pressing Windows-E? I'd like for it to open in My Documents instead of at the root of Computer. I've found references ...
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How do I clean up the right-click context menu in Windows explorer?

Sometimes applications plug into the context menu that I get on right-click on files and folders in Windows Explorer. After some time this menu gets really messy and I just want to clean it up. Can ...