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The file manager, not to be confused with Internet Explorer. And in an ironic twist, to help reduce confusion, Microsoft decided to change the name of Windows Explorer to File Explorer, 'cause you know, Microsoft likes to make things better before they make things harder.

Microsoft has improved Windows 10 by making it more difficult to narrow things down to what you're looking for. So we have some syntax to learn…

Run As Administrator

In Windows Explorer:

✦ Ctrl+Shift+Right-Click
✦ Run as Administrator


  1. Open Start menu
  2. Type explorer.exe
  3. Right-Click, open directory (c:\windows)
  4. Right-click explorer.exe and pin to Start
  5. In Start menu:
    1. Right-click Explorer
    2. Run-as admin

Now that Explorer is in Start, you can run as admin, anytime.

Search Parameters

To Save Search Results:
✦ Click any file in the results
Ctrl+A to Select All
✦ Choose: Copy As Path
✦ Paste in text document or spread sheet.

In the search box

Search by date stuff:

  • datemodified:2/1/2016 .. 2/20/2016
  • "*.jpg" datemodified:this week
  • datecreated:2/1/2016

Scope: Locations and Data Stores

Restrict Search by Data Store Use Example
Desktop desktop store:desktop
Files files store:files
Outlook outlook store:outlook
Outlook Express oe store:oe
Specific Folder foldername or in foldername:MyDocuments or in:MyDocuments
Common File Kinds
To Restrict by File Type: Use Example
All file types everything kind:everything
Communications communications kind:communications
Contacts contacts kind:contacts
E-mail email kind:email
Instant Messenger conversations im kind:im
Meetings meetings kind:meetings
Tasks tasks kind:tasks
Notes notes kind:notes
Documents docs kind:docs
Text documents text kind:text
Spreadsheets spreadsheets kind:spreadsheets
Presentations presentations kind:presentations
Music music kind:music
Pictures pics kind:pics
Videos videos kind:videos
Folders folders kind:folders
Folder name foldername or in foldername:mydocs or in:mydocs
Favorites favorites kind:favorites
Programs programs kind:programs
Boolean Operators
Keyword/Symbol Examples Function
NOT social NOT security
Finds items that contain social, but not security.
social security
Finds items that contain social, but not security.
OR social OR security
Finds items that contain social or security.
Quotation marks "social security"
Finds items that contain the exact phrase social security.
Parentheses (social security)
Finds items that contain social and security in any order.
> date:>11/05/04
Finds items with a date after 11/05/04.
Finds items with a size greater than 500 bytes.
< date:<11/05/04
Finds items with a date before 11/05/04.
Finds items with a size less than 500 bytes.
.. date:11/05/04..11/10/04
Finds items with a date beginning on 11/05/04 and ending on 11/10/04.
Boolean Properties
Property Example Function
is:attachment report is:attachment Finds items that have attachments that contain report. Same as isattachment:true.
isonline: report isonline:true Finds items that are online and which contain report.
isrecurring: report isrecurring:true Finds items that are recurring and which containreport.
isflagged: report isflagged:true Finds items that are flagged (Review, Follow up, for example) and which contain report.
isdeleted: report isdeleted:true Finds items that are flagged as deleted (Recycle Bin or Deleted Items, for example) and which contain report.
iscompleted: report iscompleted:false Finds items that are not flagged as complete and which contain report.
hasattachment: report hasattachment:true Finds items containing report and having attachments
hasflag: report hasflag:true inds items containing report and having flags.
Relative to: Syntax Example Result
Day date:today
Finds items with today's date.
Finds items with tomorrow's date.
Finds items with yesterday's date.
Week/Month/year date:this week
date:last week
date:next month
date:past month
date:coming year
Finds items with a date falling within the current week.
Finds items with a date falling within the previous week.
Finds items with a date falling within the upcoming week.
Finds items with a date falling within the previous month.
Finds items with a date falling within the upcoming year.

More details:


Windows Explorer is limited in renaming multiple files, but there are two tricks that may keep you from pulling all your hair out…

Rename Multiple

You can give multiple files the same name, and windows will append a sequence number.

  • Select all the files you'd like to rename
  • Press F2, or right-click one file an choose Rename
  • Enter the file prefix, and hit <ENTER>

Multiple, Individually

  • Select the first file, and press F2 or right-click→Rename
  • Rename the file
  • Press TAB
  • Rename the second file
  • Repeat TAB to continue, or <ENTER> to finalize

Map/Unmap Network Drive

Mapping and unmapping network drives begin with Windows File Explorer.

Map Network Drive

  1. Click the Computer tab
  2. Click Map network drive
  3. Set the drive letter (e.g. Z:)
  4. Add the route to the drive (e.g. \\readyshare\USB_Storage)
  5. Decide to connect, or not, with reboot
  6. Click Finish


  1. Right-click the mapped network drive
  2. Choose Disconnect
  3. Refresh (if it doesn't disappear) by pressing function key F5
wiki/windows/winexplorer.txt · Last modified: 2019/10/27 06:33 by terrill