14 Facts About File Explorer


File Explorer, previously known as Windows Explorer, is a file manager application that is included with releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows 95 onwards.

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File Explorer could be accessed by double-clicking the new My Computer desktop icon or launched from the new Start Menu that replaced the earlier Program Manager.

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The Windows 2000 Explorer featured an interactive media player as the previewer for sound and video files.

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Windows File Explorer includes significant changes from previous versions of Windows such as improved filtering, sorting, grouping and stacking.

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Attributes sortable and searchable in Windows File Explorer include pictures' dimensions, Exif data such as aperture and exposure, video duration and framerate and width.

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Windows Explorer contains modifications in the visualization of files on a computer.

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The Toolbar button in File Explorer to go up one folder from the current folder has been removed .

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For example, if a folder contains many large video files totaling hundreds of gigabytes, and the Window Explorer pane is in Details view mode showing a property contained within the metadata, Windows Explorer might have to search the contents of the whole file for the meta data.

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File manager on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 is renamed File Explorer and introduces new features such as a redesigned interface incorporating a ribbon toolbar, and a redesigned file operation dialog that displays more detailed progress and allows for file operations to be paused and resumed.

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In Windows 11, File Explorer had undergone significant UI changes with the Ribbon Interface simplified into a command bar.

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File Explorer can be extended to support non-default functionality by means of Windows shell extensions, which are COM objects that plug the extended functionality into Windows Explorer.

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File Explorer allows metadata for files to be added as NTFS alternate data streams, separate from the data stream for the file.

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Special folders, such as My Computer and Network Places in Windows File Explorer are implemented this way, as are File Explorer views that let items in a mobile phone or digital camera be explored.

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Source-control systems that use File Explorer to browse source repositories use Namespace extensions to allow File Explorer to browse the revisions.

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