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Remove “3D Print with 3D Builder” from the context menu in Windows 10

Remove “3D Print with 3D Builder” from the context menu in Windows 10

If you have Windows 10 Anniversary Update installed, you might notice that it has a new context menu item for images. It is called "3D Print with 3D Builder" and launches the bundled app "3D Builder". If you are not going to use 3D Builder, you might find it useful to get rid of the context menu command. Here is how.

Add PowerShell file (*.ps1) to New Context Menu of File Explorer

Add PowerShell file (*.ps1) to New Context Menu of File Explorer

In this article, we will see how to get a useful context menu item to create a New -> Windows PowerShell script. It will save you time if you need to create them from time to time. You get a new file with the PS1 extension instantly with one click.

Change folder view template for all folders in Windows 10

Change folder view template for all folders in Windows 10

If you use File Explorer, you might be already knowing that it has a nice feature to remember each folder's view setting. Unfortunately, it is not explained very properly by Microsoft and some changes were made in modern Windows versions which make it even more confusing for end users. We constantly get this question asked by our readers - is there any way to make File Explorer set a desired view for all folders and then remember it in Windows 10? Let see how it can be done.

Rename Quick Access pinned folders in Windows 10

Rename Quick Access pinned folders in Windows 10

The Quick Access location is a new folder in File Explorer of Windows 10. It is where Explorer opens by default instead of This PC. Quick Access shows recent files and frequent folders in a single view. You can also pin various locations inside Quick Access. But unlike Favorites from earlier versions of Windows, Quick Access does not let you rename pinned items when you right click them. In this article, we will see how to change the displayed name for folders pinned to Quick Access.

File Explorer command line arguments in Windows 10

File Explorer command line arguments in Windows 10

File Explorer is the default file management application which comes bundled with every modern version of Windows. It allows the user to perform all basic file operations like copy, move, delete, rename and so on. It supports a number of command line arguments (switches) which can be useful in various scenarios. It's good to know them.

How to re-order folders inside a library in Windows 10

How to re-order folders inside a library in Windows 10

The Libraries feature was introduced in Windows 7 as part of the updated Explorer application. It allows you to consolidate multiple folders under a single Library so that content across various locations can be aggregated in a single folder-like view. By default, Libraries are disabled in Windows 10 but you can enable them. Windows 10 shows folders inside a library in the order in which you added those folders. You might be interested in reorganizing them and change their display order. Here is how.

Make Explorer open custom folder instead of This PC or Quick Access in Windows 10

Make Explorer open custom folder instead of This PC or Quick Access in Windows 10

In Windows 10, File Explorer opens to the Quick Access folder by default. Microsoft added an option in its settings which can revert File Explorer to the classic behavior and make it open the This PC folder instead. If the user wants to open a custom folder instead This PC or Quick Access, there is no such option. Here is a way to bypass this limitation.

The evolution of the File Explorer icon in Windows 10

The evolution of the File Explorer icon in Windows 10

File Explorer is the default file management application which comes bundled with every modern version of Windows. It allows the user to perform all basic file operations like copy, move, delete, rename and so on. During the development of Windows 10, Microsoft was updating folders icons, control panel icons and system app icons several times. Here is how the File Explorer icon was changed during Windows 10 development.

How to start File Explorer in a separate process in Windows 10

How to start File Explorer in a separate process in Windows 10

By default, File Explorer opens all its windows in a single process. That process is called explorer.exe. Explorer.exe and its associated DLLs include all of the user interface in Windows - the taskbar, the Start button and the Start menu in Windows 10. When something goes wrong in one of Explorer's windows such as a hang or a crash, it can cause the whole Explorer.exe process to be closed and restarted. All Explorer windows will be closed immediately, and the user interface (taskbar, Start button etc) disappears and loads again. Enabling Explorer to open separate processes for the file browser can improve the stability of the Explorer shell. Additionally, it is useful to test Registry tweaks you make as they will be applied directly because every new instance of Explorer will read its settings from the registry every time you open a new window. Let's see all the ways to start Explorer in a separate process in Windows 10.

Set Do this for all current items checkbox by default in Windows 10 copy dialog

Set Do this for all current items checkbox by default in Windows 10 copy dialog

When you copy or move multiple files and folders from one location to another, a conflict resolution dialog may appear on the screen in Explorer. If some files or folders already exist in the destination location, Windows 10 asks what to do with such files, i.e. overwrite, copy with a different name or skip them. There is a checkbox called 'Do this for all current items' which is always annoyingly unchecked by default. Using a simple trick you can make this checkbox on by default. This improves the usability of File Explorer in Windows 10.