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Contradictory file dates in Windows 7 File Explorer when I use search

Q: Contradictory file dates in Windows 7 File Explorer when I use search

Contradictory file dates in Windows 7 File Explorer when I use "Search My Documents" with *.docx

I modified a Word file earlier today. When I view the file in File Explorer the correct file date/time is displayed, however when I search for Word files by entering *.docx in the "Search My Documents" box (in upper right hand side of the File Explorer window) all Word files are displayed but this file shows a very different and contradictory date/time. The date/time in this case happens to be is 5 days earlier ? a date/time consistent with when I worked on it last week ? instead of when I modified it today. And yes, there is no question about this being the same file.

This is not just a one time occurrence or a one folder situation. In File Explorer for other files in other folders this same contradictory dating situation occurs. Namely; a file with the latest modified date/time shows the wrong date/time when it is searched for using the "Search My Documents" feature in File Explorer. I cannot say whether this situation is restricted only to Word files, but that is only where I have always encountered it because I work with Word files a lot.

This has detrimentally affected me because one time I thought I had totally lost an important file and beganworking again with an older and obsolete version of the file and had to redo a lot of work.

What is the cause of this? Is this a known bug?

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A: Contradictory file dates in Windows 7 File Explorer when I use search

The Windows Index needs to be rebuilt. Better yet, if you have a fast computer you can turn indexing off so you don't get bitten by this "service". You can also use a different search program such as Ultra File Search.

To rebuild the index, open:
Control Panel > All Control Panel Items
Click on Indexing Options
Click the Advanced button
Click the Rebuild button


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I was told to also post this iunder this category.

I'm about to tear out my hair. First Windows Explorer keeps stopping, searches for solution then restarts. About the time this problem, I noticed that Windows Explorer will change the original creation date on some of my files. It might be all files in folder or just certain types. I've yet to make a connection with when this is happening or what is causing it. Not necessarily when Windows Explorer stops. It's difficult when you can't tell which is the oldest/newest file in a folder.

I'm running Windows 7 64 bit, which I keep updated, McAfee, AntiMalware Bytes and SuperAntiSpyware, also all updated.

I'm begging! Can someone help me please?


A:Window Explorer keeps stopping/Windows Explorer Changed File Dates


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I'm about to tear out my hair. First Windows Explorer keeps stopping, searches for solution then restarts. About the time this problem, I noticed that Windows Explorer will change the original creation date on some of my files. It might be all files in folder or just certain types. I've yet to make a connection with when this is happening or what is causing it. Not necessarily when Windows Explorer stops. It's difficult when you can't tell which is the oldest/newest file in a folder.

I'm running Windows 7 16 bit, which I keep updated, McAfee, AntiMalware Bytes and SuperAntiSpyware, also all updated.

I'm begging! Can someone help me please?


A:File Creation Dates Change/Windows Explorer 7 keeps stopping

16 Bit Operating systems haven't been around for a long time, it is either 32 or 64 Bit.
Running multiple anti-virus systems can cause conflict and only one should be installed.
You may have more luck posting this in the Virus/Trojan/ Spyware help section as it could be a virus.

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Hi All
I have a rather large file system with lots of folders & subfolders. When I want to save previously on Xp operating system I'd search in explorer open the folder I want then copy the address (e.g c:\customer records\client name\job address).
In windows 7, when I copy the folder address i get this "search-ms:displayname=Search%20Results%20in%20electronic%20files&crumb=location:S%3A%5CSEQ%5C011_Estimating %5Celectronic%20files\CHERMSIDE , 17 smith ST"

As you can imagine I cant paste that into a save as field and expect it find the folder location.

Does someone know if it can do what I want? keeping in mind this is about time saving and productivity exercise so I need a simple solution. It is also on a work computer so a lot of settings are locked.

Appreciate any help

A:Copy file address after doing a file search in windows explorer

Find solution myself
Hold down shift right click and select "copy as path"

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First I'm happy to found a way, if Search don't react.
If I stop the service 'Windows Search' I have the items in File Explorer.
(Restart of the service often brings no result, it works, only if I stop the service .)
Is there a easier way to get find results?
This with 8.1 Prof 64 bit

A:Windows Search in File Explorer brings results, if I stop Windows Search service

Now with Windows 10 Windows Search works for me.
The specialty on my configuration was and is,
that data like documents and pictures are located
on the conventional hard drive. Other files are on SSD.
It was necessary to release the folders normally used from ?quick access? in file explorer and to add the really used data folders.
To have also the common access to the data folders I created  junctions with
cd /D C:\Users\mine
mklink  /J  Pictures  H:\Users\mine\Pictures
But normally, now I use the items of the newly configured ?quick access? in file explorer.

Thanks all for communicate

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Searching for file name from a current directory stops working on sub directories. I run a Microsoft Search Fix-it program and it finds nothing wrong but does reset the search. It sometimes fixes the problem, but searches stops working shortly there after.

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Hianhello to the tech community. I'm an bloke from Surrey, UK with less hair than sense. It's good to find a resource like this!

I guess this is a real tyro enquiry so please forgive my incoherence. Respect!

When I use Start/Search TDT (the darn thing) locks solid.

When I run XP Pro in Safe mode it works, no problem.

If you can show me the error of my ways, I'd be in your debt for five or ten minutes.

Seriously, though, this is a real PAIN and I would really welcome any help.



A:Windows File Explorer Search - yuk!

Welcome to TSF,

Not sure what TDT is, however, you might try running SFC /scannow form the start>run box to start the system file checker. If that doesn't work, you can re-install the search function:

Start>run type in %systemroot%\inf

Find Srchasst.inf, right click it and choose install


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I have about 5 hard drives in my system. I open File Explorer in Windows 8 and click on "Computer". All the drives show up.

I click in the box that says "Search Computer". I enter in any search term. Let's say "*.iso" to find all iso files on all my drives.

I hit enter. NOTHING happens.

In Windows 7 this used to execute a search across all my drives.

If I double click on each drive individually and put "*.iso" in the search box then it works fine.

How do I search across all my drives from the File Explorer Computer location????


A:Windows 8 File Explorer Search

You must first index, where you wish to search - Control Panel - Indexing options. When you have selected all the drives you wish to include, go into the "Advanced" tab and rebuild the index. Go and have a cup of coffee whilst this is taking plce. With your drives, it could take a while!

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Hi, I have this absolute annoying issue with my Windows 7 Home Premium. If I leave my computer on for roughly an hour I will go and attempt to either rename a file or search a file in the normal os search menu. The second I type one letter the os locks up and I am forced to end the explorer.exe process. I have recently reformatted my computer no more than 4 months ago and prior to that I was given the same problem. I heard and read in select online searches this has to do with shell extensions of some sort, yet to this day I cannot find a definite solution. Please if anyone can help with this pain in the *** problem I would greatly appreciate it.

A:Windows explorer locks up on file/search typing

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Why are certain details, such as Frame Height, allowed in Windows Explorer when looking in a specific folder, but are missing when searching the contents of the same folder?

For example, I'm inside a folder (in details view) of video files and ask Explorer to show details of Frame Height. It will show that for certain file types. But when I search for one of the files by name, the Frame Height will be blank for the same file it just showed me the info for.

A:Windows Explorer won't show file details in search

It is generally accepted that the Windows 7 search is inadequate. Most here use AgentRansak, FileSearchEX, or Void Everything.

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Hi there,
Windows Professional 8.1 - When I search for a particular file on my mapped drive (existing on our Windows Server), sometimes windows explorer will find it and sometimes it won't.
For example, if I go into ABE Construction I copy the name of a pdf file there "cat.pdf", I return back to "Work Purchase Orders" and I paste that name EXACTY into the search box - - - windows explorer finds it.
I do the exactly the same thing again, say for ABG Industrial, and all of a sudden I get a "no items match your search".
Could anyone please explain this inconsistent behaviour and how I could possibly fix it?

 Screenshot of Search.png   90.5KB

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This has happened to me several times in recent months and I'm at a loss as to why...

Today's example: I was looking for "Spybot - Search & Destroy" (SSD) on my desktop in order to run it. My desktop is pretty busy, and after searching quickly through all the icons a couple of times, I decided just to search the drive; I figured it would probably be quicker (and I wouldn't get crossed eyes to boot :-) I searched and the first time I searched, Explorer returned that 2 files had been found - but there were no files listed! I reran the search again without changing any parameters, and this time the Explorer search engine found 2 SDD support files (their extension is 'SBI'). I went back to the desktop and this time located the icon to launch SDD (unsure if it had been there all along - probably). I checked the properties and sure enough, it said the executable was where it has always been - in my D drive, which is my boot drive. I have attached two screen shots as a typical example of what's been going on; I didn't take a screen shot of the very first search that showed 2 files but nothing listed, and I couldn't duplicate it. Since this isn't the first time this has happened, it worries me that something so basic to a PC should be repeating itself on what appears to be becoming a fairly regular basis. Does anybody have any insight as to what the root cause may be? My rig is fairly new; I built it myself; I've noticed no other problems at all.... ??????... Read more

A:File Appears on Desktop but Windows Explorer Search Shows Nothing

Hi Geordie

I don't see anything wrong with the results in the screenshots you posted. The executables are where they are supposed to be, and listed as such - - in a folder called "Downloads".

Actually, I'm wondering why SpyBot is in there, rather than in Program Files\SpyBot-Search & Destroy?

The only thing a Search would find on your Desktop is the shortcut, since the files are in the \Download folder.

I'm guessing that perhaps you were starting Search from a different location (leftover, perhaps, from a recent previous search). And the results were surprising since you'd searched a different location by accident.

Best of luck
. . . Gary

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My search function in Windows 10 has stopped working. I am also having problems with the file explorer in that whenever I try to create a new folder, it freezes.
grateful for any suggestions

A:search function in Windows 10 not working, also problems with file explorer

Have you tried opening Command Prompt as an administrator and typing sfc /scannow ?

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I opened a PDF file in notepad then in Word, now all PDF in my windows explorer shows a Word-like icon and file opens automatically in word.  I checked folder options and rebooted the machine, but it still shows that icon.  

How can I get the PDF file type icon back and file opens in Adobe automatically?
Thanks for any tips!

A:How can I get PDF file type icon back in Windows Explorer after I opend the file in Notepad?

Found it -
Control Panel > Default Program OR  Start >Default Program (if the shortcut already there) > select PDF file type and change default file association > pick Adobe 

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Hi all,

I have been hammered by several viruses. The result of the attack is that Windows Explorer now shows the file type for an exe file to be a file folder instead of an application. I assume there is something not right in the registry but I do not know where to start looking. Can anyone help? Thanks very much.

A:Windows Explorer Is Defaulting "file Folder" File Type For Registration

I'm not sure this is what you are talking about, but you can change the icon:
Tools -> Folder options -> File types
Mark the file and press "advanced".

*edit stupid mouse

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Hi there,Whenever I try to delete a file in my download file, windows explorer stop working. I am currently running an antivirus scan on my laptop and I did so on my download and there was no apparent infections. I run a sfc scan from the cmd.exe and everything was fine. I have got an Hijackthis log Analysis, but I can't interpret it myself. Please can somebody? Thanks in advance.Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4Scan saved at 21:44:12, on 08/01/2011Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16700)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files\Soluto\soluto.exeC:\Windows\system32\taskhost.exeC:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exeC:\Program Files\AVG\AVG9\avgtray.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exeC:\Program Files\BT Broadband Desktop Help\btbb\BTHelpNotifier.exeC:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\hpwuschd2.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exeC:\Program Files\FileCenter\Main\FileConvertAgent.exeC:\Program Files\DivX\DivX Update\DivXUpdate.exeC:\Program Files\Dell\QuickSet\quickset.exeC:\Program Files\IDT\WDM\sttray.exeC:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apoint.exeC: ... Read more

A:(Hijackthis log Analysis) Whenever I try to delete a file in my download file windows explorer stop working

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. You can subscribe by clicking the Options box to the right of your topic title and selecting Track This Topic.

Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.

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Hi - I have tried now for 2-3 hours trying to delete an .mkv file from my "Downloads" folder It says the file is in use by Windows Explorer and cannot be deleted I have tried deleting it using Del command prompt as me and as Administrator (I am the Admnistrator, there are no other users) - no luck I have tried Safe Boot and then deleting - no luck I have tried rebooting many times and then deleting - no luck Any ideas? It's driving me nuts

A:Cannot delete file - tried everything - file in use by Windows Explorer error

Hi - I have tried now for 2-3 hours trying to delete an .mkv file from my "Downloads" folder It says the file is in use by Windows Explorer and cannot be deleted I have tried deleting it using Del command prompt as me and as Administrator (I am the Admnistrator, there are no other users) - no luck I have tried Safe Boot and then deleting - no luck I have tried rebooting many times and then deleting - no luck Any ideas? It's driving me nuts
Okay, I managed to delete them from my laptop (not the PC) which is part of my Homegroup I could not delete them from my PC - that was very odd Weird at least they are gone now - but this was very strange indeed

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I cannot remember but thought I did something trying to make xp's explorer file search like that of windows 2000. I did right on one of my laptop but not quite right on the one I'm using now.

What happened is that when I select file searech in the right mouse button menu, it pop up a search window like this:

I have to click use Search Companion to get another file search window
because I can only do the search with the 2nd window.

My question: Is there a way to get rid of the 1st window, directly have the 2nd window at the first place? It drives me crazy every time I see the 1st window:(

Thanks a lot for your help!

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I cannot remember but thought I did something trying to make xp's explorer file search like that of windows 2000. I did right on one of my laptop but not quite right on the one I'm using now.

What happened is that when I select file searech in the right mouse button menu, it pop up a search window like this:

I have to click use Search Companion to get another file search window
because I can only do the search with the 2nd window.

My question: Is there a way to get rid of the 1st window, directly have the 2nd window at the first place? It drives me crazy every time I see the 1st window:(

Thanks a lot for your help!

A:Need help with Explorer File Search

Go to Start/Run and type appwiz.cpl and press enter. In the Add Remove Programs Uninstall Windows Search. This was an Optional Windows Update that "Improved" the old search. I used to uninstall this newer version on all my XP computers, or not install it in the first place.,

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I realize there are many posts on this issue. When I click a Word 2007 document in Windows Explorer, I get the message "Windows cannot open the file (path\name) make sure...etc." Word opens but file does not. With Word open, clicking brings up another instance of Word (without file) and same error. Same as other posts on this issue. Issue does not occur with any other files (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Acrobat, etc.) Happens with only Word extensions (docx, etc.) If I open Word and open the file from inside Word, all is fine.

I tried saving documents in different Word extensions, saving to different locations, but still get the error--only when opening directly from Explorer or Desktop. I have repaired Office 2007 (Ultimate Version), uninstalled Word, reinstalled Word; tried the registry fix posted here and MS site (removing Data reg entry under Word). Used tool posted here to unassociate/reassociate .docs with Word. I reimaged my hard drive using an image from two weeks ago, but apparently it started before that, because I still get the same error. I reset my index and waited for it to regenerate. I'm sure there might be other solutions I've tried, but these are the ones that come to mind.

It is a three-week-old Dell 1545 laptop, 64-bit Vista. Not impossible to live with, but has me stumped. According to all the posts in networld and here, fairly common problem that seems to have no single solution.

If anyone knows of new tips, I'd sure appreciate it.

A:Windows cannot find file path\file name when opening from Windows Explorer

Error is "cannot find (path\name)...before someone yells. Also, thorough scan for malicious software, trojans, etc. Do not have BSPlayer, whatever that is. Also, if I search for the document in the menu, I can't open it from there either.

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When I open file explorer (Open/Save dialog or insert image dialog) in Excel - it doesn't include search tab, but when similar dialogs are opened in other Office application there is search tab.

Also xlsx files have wrong excel icon - it is showing windows excel component 2010 icon.

Window Search is enabled and ticked.

What could be wrong?

A:File Explorer Missing Search

You could try repairing Office. Open Control Panel, select Programs & Features, scroll down to Microsoft Office, Right Click on it & this will open a couple of Repair options.

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I was saving some email.
One file I named "14-01-05, Shipping Info.eml" ; the other "14-01-05, Order Confirmation.html".

When I saved the first file I was not paying attention and it went to the previously opened folder (un-remembered to me). No big, I saved it again to the correct folder along with the second file.

Then I went to Explorer Search to find and delete the stray file. I searched for " 14-01-05 ".
Only "14-01-05, Order Confirmation.html" came up.
Even when searching the folder that contains only those 2 files the search only finds the .html file, not the .eml file!
I only found the file by searching C: and finding a shortcut referencing a location.

Can anyone explain this?

A:Weird Explorer File Search Result

Hello Bob,

You may need to rebuild the index for it to show up if the index wasn't up to date at the time.

Hope this helps.

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Greetings all and thanks in advance,
Seeing this on Win7sp1-64Enterprise and on Win10-64Enterprise.
Content File search from Windows explorer will cause Explorer to crash when searching through a GPO mapped network drive using UNC path to either a DFS share or straight simple network share on 2008, 2008r2, or 2012 servers.
Event log shows this:
Faulting application name: explorer.exe, version: 10.0.14393.206, time stamp: 0x57dacb32
Faulting module name: ntdll.dll, version: 10.0.14393.206, time stamp: 0x57dac931
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x000000000002e036
Faulting process id: 0x3d50
Faulting application start time: 0x01d22bcc39a46d44
Faulting application path: C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe
Faulting module path: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
Report Id: c77d3e7d-c477-4afb-9257-2a6a04bfc6cc
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:
Similar type searches on the local (workstation) drive works as expected.

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I'm trying to save a number of folders/files to my DVD that are rarely...if at all...used currently. When I try to burn them...I'm getting a failure saying a number of file names are too long ?

But...it doesn't say which files in which folders...Is there a way to search for any/all files that for whatever reason have file names that are too long for Windows and/or for the burning parameters of my DVD?

There's about 4 gig of files and scores of folders so it's not very easy to search folder by folder.


A:How to search Explorer for file names that are too long

Use Imgburn

It may take a bit of reading to figure out the options. But for data discs you can set file system and options to allow file paths longer than 255 characters.

There's also a link to the forum to ask questions directly from the author. If you search there you should find guides detailing how to burn various types of disc.

Also you can try this tool to find paths that are too long:


I just found it in search. Haven't tried it myself.

edit: I just gave this a cursory try. Seems to work well. You can search all drives or select the root of the search. Then it asks for a max.. default is 200. It pops up a text file with the paths of all files that are longer. Looks like a keeper.

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I have a very strange issue which makes using Windows Search more difficult.

File Explorer opened to Computer or Libraries > No search. I can type whatever I want to search field, search simply does not start. From the net I found this issue being quite common when you have mapped network drives which are currently offline. This is not my case, when this issue first occurred a week or two ago I had no mapped network drives.

I can search normally all other locations, for instance if I am not sure on which hd a file is located I must search each HD individually as the Computer view search wont start.

Windows 8 Pro with MC x64, see specs for the hardware.


A:Cannot search in Computer or in Libraries in File Explorer

Dear fellow geeks, I'm getting desperate. Please any ideas welcome.


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I have gone through all the steps in the following thread, but my file search history is not clearing or updating. Search terms clear, but the old search reappears with deleted files on it.

Search History in File Explorer - Clear in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

Any help would be appreciated.


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For example i searched for adb.exe in c:\
Now after an hour i want to watch the search results again without searching again.
Is there any file somewhere that keep/save the old results ?

A:Is there any way to show old file explorer search results?


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How can I use File Explorer Search to search in content using wildcards?

Having the files (the location is indexed):
  art work


I want to find the 'work' in text2.txt

The following search terms do not find it:

Using wildcards to search in FileNames does work fine.
Where is the File Exlorer search syntax documented by Mircrosoft?

The often Quoted Link to
Advanced Query Syntax seems to be outdated (according to its first sentence).
Using Advanced Query Syntax Programmatically does not help either.
Most other links are either dead or the post do not talk about searching in content.

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New to the forum, and hoping that there already exists a solution to my problem, or that the community gurus can help...

I was tasked at work with creating several new pages (multiple files) of Visio schematics. I have an Excel spreadsheet that lists the major components as a sort of Bill Of Materials. Each major component has a Reference Designator (i.e. "2A7") associated with it.

I would like a way to automatically search through all of the Visio files to determine on which file(s) each Reference Designator appears. I can do the job manually by simply typing "2A7 " into the Windows Explorer Search window. But, obviously, this takes a lot of time, is prone to me transcribing something wrong, and requires me to re-do a search any time something changes, either on the drawing files or the BOM.

I've asked the same question on an Excel forum, and there's apparently some limitation that VBA has with accessing Visio's .vsd files.

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Using Windows 10 Home.
This problem only happens if I'm performing a search.
If I search within a folder for say *.* and then delete a file, the list of files does not refresh.
The file remains listed even though it's been deleted.
If I manually refresh then the file disappears from the list. Same thing happens if I undo the delete.
I need to hit F5 to make the file reappear in the search list.

Anyone else having this problem or know a fix? Thanks.


Seems to be a Windows 10 prob. I went back to 8.1 and everything was fine.

A:File explorer not refreshing after deleting files in search

I've noticed this too... only in search results. Whilst simply opening a folder and deleting sthg is fine.

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lately I've been having a weird and annoying problem, I'm browsing a folder in windows explorer and when I start typing a name of a file or a folder (that exists in the folder), the cursor is jumping to the search window in the top side, the text I type is written there and the search is starting, all I want is that when I type it will point to file I was looking for, if exists (like it should).

Please help me solve it.


A:when typing a name of a file in explorer, cursor jumps to search

Please fill in your System Specs from User CP. That will help us help you (I hope).

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In windows 7 pc whenever trying to attach a file on outlook nothing is happening or no file/folder is opening and whenever select any file on application for mounting no file or no drives are opening....

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I made a simple but huge mistake trying to restore one file from my backup source, setting it to not write over an existing file but to make a copy of it ending in (1).

I now have many thousands of duplicate files on my hard drive, all ending in (1). They will haunt me for years unless there is some way to automatically find them all so I can delete them.

Help, I goofed!

Thanks, Peter

A:Solved: Can File Explorer Search for Duplicate Files Ending in (1)

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Possibly after editing, this may be useful as a tutorial -- but note the problem at the end ...
(sorting in Windows File Explorer may not always work correctly).

I tried to include all of the steps. I did not know how to capture a screen shot of the active
window while the Ribbon was present (to set the View to Details) and
while the context menu was visible (when right-clicking on one of the column headers).

In performing a search, I used the Search Box in File Explorer.
I don't let my PC access OneDrive or Google Docs -- generally,
I do only searches just on my PC or just on the Web.

1. Perform a search.

2. Set the View to Details (if it isn't already).

3. (if the Folder path column is not already present...)
Right-Click on any of the column headers.
A context menu appears.
4. Select More in the context menu.

A Choose Details dialog box appears.

(5. You can uncheck the box next to Folders - to get rid of the Folders column).

6. Check the box next to Folder path - to make the Folder path column appear (you'll have to scroll down to find it).
7. Then, click on the Ok box to dismiss the dialog box and save the changes to the Details View.

8. With the Folder path column now present, click on its column header to sort the listing by Folder path.
(The next picture shows the result after clicking on the Folder path column header.)

It is unfortunate that either Microsoft forces the search to be re-done or it was something they missed on their part.
If you want ... Read more

A:Sorting File Explorer Search output by Folder path

Hi, explorer search has a number of quirks, and add to that the search syntax and indexed vs non-indexed search, + Cortana's My Stuff search searching only what's indexed and you have a somewhat chaotic situation.

Personally I use Locate32 (freeware) - indexes very fast initially and thereafter maintained, and ordering by path simply requires clicking the column header. Everything by Void Tools is similar in basic concept but more modern.

Note: to capture a screenshot of context menu/ribbon etc you can simply use the long standing 'Print Screen' feature- a keyboard combo.

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I need to be able to run a .bat but am unable to. when clicking on a .bat file a pop up notifies me that my Pc can't run .bat files I looked on the interwebs and found some people that had accidentally made .bat's open with notepad and could not
run them their fix was to go to this location in the registry "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.BAT\UserChoice"
and delete UserChoice I have followed this path and there is no .bat key. 
Please help

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Hey guys, I am working on some code and there are many different versions of the files. The versions I have were obtained from a disk but of course when copied them to my system from the disk the dates have all changed to say that they were created on the date and time they were copied from the disk.

Is there anyway which I can find out when the files were originally created as I no longer have the disk? Thanks.

A:File dates and time

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I have done a search and file explorer returns some results.
You can see the locations of each file are chopped off. But there is no grid splitter allowing me to expand the filename column.
How can I view the whole address of the files in Search results?

A:How to make File Explorer display full address of files in search

At the top right of the window, click the black down arror head and choose "Details" then you can drag the column size as below:

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I have a large number of jpg files that I edited in picasa. I have them named so that I can view them in the order I want in windows explorer. I would like to view them on my lcd tv which has a usb input for my flash drive. Unfortunately, Sony displays images by date, not by name which completely scrambles my show. The dates don't mean anything because they are the scan dates of old family pictures. However, I found that if all the files have the same date they will sort by name on the tv. How can I change the date attributes to make them identical? Is there a program, free or less than $10 or so, that will do this easily?

A:Solved: Need to change file dates

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My computer recently became infected with "wmiprvse.exe" that was cought (and suppressed?) by Zone Alarm Suite. Anyway after the first format it was still present. So with the second format I flashed the Bios as well. I do have two drives on this pc and both formated.

My question is when you right-click>properties I was under the impression that the creation date of the file is never going to change, and if it was, this was a sign of a virus etc... So with the current above cirumstance my wmiprvse.exe file has a creation date of 2007, modified date of 2002, and accessed on 2007. Does this mean there is still a problem? How can the system create a file in 2007 and modify it in 2002. Thanks in advance!


XP Prof. SP1 (state after format and above scenerio)

A:File Creation & Modified Dates?

You can submit the file to Jotti and they will scan it with multiple antivirus programs.http://virusscan.jotti.org/I looked around on the web for a malware program that has used that file name. Did not find one.

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I'm trying to create a set of directories that show art from various eras. I want them to appear in chronological order. Thus, I want the BC years to proceed backward to 0 and then forward again after AD. I've tried putting negative numbers in front of the dates but this doesn't seem to help. Any ideas?

A:File folders and names with BC/AD dates

This is Operating System Abuse!

File/folder names in Windows are alphanumeric (plus a few additional characters) and alphanumerically sorted which means a sequence of numbers from 0 to 12 goes 0,1,10,11,12,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. "Negative" figures -12 to -1 go-1,-2,-3,-4,-5,-6,-7,-8,-9,-10,-11,-12, and BC always comes after AD. Not at all what you want.

What you need is a database application to manage the chronology and the behind-the-scenes data storage.

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I have Vista Business. Just installed it at work yesterday. Problem:

When I ended the day, I connected my portable hard drive and began Goodsync two-way as I always do. I checked the files to be added to my portable and there were a whole bunch (esp .eml's) changed to the current date (yesterday and today) on my Vista computer. On the right (portable) side, the dates were older, as they should be.

Aaargh. What gives? I LOVED Vista for 24 hours. Fixes?

I should have got a Mac. I knew, I just knew XP was the end of the line. Bill Gates is laughing all the way to Davos with Melinda preaching the evils of unrestrained capitalism. What suckers we are.

A:Old File Dates Change to TODAY!

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Got some weird stuff going on, zip files in system.ini shell, date modified ona bunch of old downloads is now 9-11-01 all at 6:37 pm. Now there are several program files with dates changed to 911 too, printmaster, notepad.exe ect.
Have run McAfee and Housecall, no virus' found.
Getting a self extractor header corrupt message at boot, because of the zip file in .ini Ran CIH_kill with no results. Also had one instance of the fleeing icons on the desktop like what Berhle described earlier. Any ideas, am on my way to get Norton 2002. Thanks DC

A:File modified dates changed to 9-11-01

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I don't know if i'm posting this in the right place? But I have a old Dell XPS Gen 2 running win XP home edition and found files and folders that say they were created on June 18, 2015. I checked my BIOS and everything is correct. I deleted these files and folders but next re-boot brings them back, not as many... but they grow every day. Virus scanner says "No viruses found" Computer runs fine.

A:File and Folder Creation Dates

ok... I'm running out of time... Something is waiting for June 18, 2015 and nobody knows anything about this...

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So last night I had a Windows 10 update on my Lenovo Yoga 720. I let it update while I slept however it did not sucessfully update. Now there seems to be multiple issues on my laptop. The 'Type here to search' does not work, the apps in the task bar are missing, the file explorer looks odd (picture below), fans are running loudly, and everything seems a bit lagged. I tried to reupdate the machine but no luck. Any suggestions? 

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Is there a way to search for a file name (like in previous versions of Widows) rather than searching for anything containing that word? For example,
I want to search a for files with the word 'Pension' in the title, but intead I receive thousands of results for files called containing the word pension as well as those with 'pension' in the title.


A:Make Windows 7 search function search file names only

Feel free but you could also try using keywords in search filters. See this page under the heading "Using keywords to refine a search"
More info here
Please also read the comments at the bottom of that page - esp the one titled "Lengthy discussion of a related topic "

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Hi Everyone

Kind of new to this so please bear with me.

I was recently reviewing the properties of some word docs (word 2003) on my system (XP SP3) when I noticed that the file Created and Modified information contained both a date and time stamp. However, the Accessed tag only contained a date and no time information at all.

I have searched for the past few days trying to find an answer and can find a lot of utilities which will allow you to change this information, but no info as to why the time is missing.

This seems to involve only this one file.

I made the mistake of calling Microsoft Support and got the usual BS run around and no answer.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

A:File Creation Modified and Accessed Dates

You could try this freeware program:
That's the first hit I got on google.

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