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Enable or Disable Launch Folder Windows in a Separate Process in Windows 11

Each process running in Windows is assigned a unique decimal number called the process ID (PID) to identify an active process. This number is used to specify the process when for example attaching a debugger to it.

By default, all File Explorer windows, including the desktop shell, run in a single explorer.exe process. If one File Explorer window hangs or crashes, it will cause all File Explorer windows running in the same process to hang or crash until the process restarts.

You are able to use the Open in new process context menu to manually open folder windows (File Explorer) in a new process.

If you like, you can enable to launch folder windows in a separate process by default. This way each explorer.exe process will have its own process ID (PID) to improve stability of the explorer shell.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable launch folder windows in a separate explorer process by default for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Disable Folder Thumbnail Previews without Disabling File Thumbnail Previews in Windows 11

File Explorer can display thumbnail previews (image) or icons of files in Windows 11.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, File Explorer will now show previews of items within folders.

File Explorer displays a thumbnail preview image of the last item added to the folder by default.

This tutorial will show you how to disable only folder thumbnail previews without disabling file thumbnail previews for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Location tab in Folder Properties in Windows 11

You can right click on a folder that supports being moved and click/tap on Properties to see a Location tab.

The Location tab in the properties page window of supported folders (ex: user personal folders) will allow you to see the current location of the folder, move the default location of the folder, restore default location, and find target of the folder.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Location tab from folder properties for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Add Empty Folder context menu in Windows 11

You can add a Empty folder context menu to permanently delete the file contents of a folder after a one time Y/N confirmation to prevent emptying the folder by mistake.

Subfolders and their contents will not be deleted. Only the file contents in a folder you right clicked on will get permanently deleted.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Empty folder context menu for folders for all users in Windows 11.

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Mount Drive as Folder in Windows 11

You can mount (make a drive accessible) in a folder rather than a drive letter if you want. This makes the drive appear as just another folder.

When you mount an internal or external drive in an empty folder, you will be able to access the contents of the drive from the path of the folder. The contents of the drive will still physically be located on the drive. Anything you save into this folder will actually be saved to the drive.

You can mount a drive or volume with or without a drive letter as an empty folder.

This tutorial will show you how to add (assign) or remove (unassign) mount point folder paths for a drive or volume in Windows 11.

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Change Folder Icon in Windows 11

Starting with¬†Windows 11 build 22557, File Explorer will show a¬†thumbnail preview¬†of folder contents on the folder’s icon. Usually, the last item added to the folder will show as a thumbnail preview on the folder’s icon.

You can change the folder icon to show any custom icon you want instead of the folders’ default icon or thumbnail preview.

This tutorial will show you how to change the icon of a folder in Windows 11.

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Change Folder Picture in Windows 11

Starting with¬†Windows 11 build 22557, File Explorer will show thumbnail previews of items within folders on the folder’s icon. Usually, the last item added to the folder will show as a thumbnail preview on the folder’s icon.

If you like, you can choose any .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .ico, .wmf, .dib, .jfif, .jpe, .fpx, or .mix image file you like to show as a picture on the folder’s icon instead of the thumbnail preview.

This tutorial will show you how to choose an image file to show as a picture on a folder’s icon in Windows 11.

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Change Name of Folder of Apps on Start Menu in Windows 11

The Start menu is comprised of three sections: Pinned, All apps, and Recommended.

The Start menu contains shortcuts of all your apps, settings, and files.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, you can now customize your pinned apps on the Start menu by organizing them into folders. You can add more apps to a folder, rearrange apps within a folder, and remove apps from a folder.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22579, you can now name your folders of apps in Start.

This tutorial will show you how to change the name of folders of apps on the Start menu for your account in Windows 11.

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Change Default New Folder Name in Windows 11

A folder is a location where you can store your files. You can create any number of folders and even store folders inside other folders (subfolders).

When you create a new folder, it is named New folder by default.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default New folder name template to create new folders with a custom name by default for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Change Template of Drive, Folder, or Library in Windows 11 File Explorer

Windows 11 includes the default General items, Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos templates used to optimize the layout and view of every drive, folder, or library.

Windows 11 uses Automatic Folder Type Discovery to detect the contents of a folder and automatically optimize the folder for the proper template. If a folder contains a mixture of file types, Windows will use the General items template. If there is an overwhelming number of files with the same file type in a folder, Windows will automatically optimize the folder with the proper template to match the majority.

A template is just a default layout and view, you can customize the layout and view of a folder to how you like in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to manually change the template of a drive, folder, or library for your account in Windows 11.

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How to Mount Folder as Virtual Drive in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10

In Windows, you can mount any folder at any location as a virtual drive with a drive letter.

When you mount a folder as virtual drive, you will be able to access the folder from the virtual drive. The contents of the folder will still physically be located in the folder. Anything you save into the virtual drive will actually be saved to the folder’s location.

Virtual drives from mounted folders are not persistent and only available during the current user session by default. If you sign out, restart the computer, or shut down the computer, all current virtual drives will be removed (unmounted).

This tutorial will show you how to mount any folder as a virtual drive with a drive letter in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Mount a Drive to a Folder in Windows 10

You can assign a mount point folder path to a drive to have the drive appear as a normal folder located where you want.

With you mount an internal or external drive to an empty folder, you will be able to access the contents of the drive from the folder path. The contents of the drive will still physically be located on the drive. Anything you save into this folder will actually be saved to the drive.

You can mount a drive with or without a drive letter to an empty folder.

This tutorial will show you how to assign a mount point folder path to a drive to link the folder and drive in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove New Folder Context Menu in Windows 10

A folder is a location where you can store your files. You can create any number of folders and even store folders inside other folders (subfolders).

By default, you can use the New context menu to create a new folder.

This tutorial will show you how to add a direct New folder context menu for all users to directly create a new folder in Windows 10.

This can be handy to streamline creating a new folder by being one click faster than using the New context menu.

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How to Use Emoji in Drive, File, and Folder Names in Windows 10

When you rename a drive, file, and folder in Windows, the name cannot contain any of the following characters: \ / : * ? ” < > |

In Windows 10, you can use the Emoji Panel to include an Emoji in the name of a drive, file, and folder.

Emoji are ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and Web pages. Emoji are used much like emoticons and exist in various genres, including facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather, and animals.

When you use an emoji in a drive, file, or folder name, the emoji will be a basic black and white version.

Any drive, file, or folder that includes an emoji in its name, you will not be able to link to it in a command prompt or when mapping or sharing over a network. If this is an issue for you, then do not include an emoji in the name. Otherwise, using an emoji in the name could help make it less accessible to unwanted sources.

This tutorial will show you how to use the Emoji Panel to include an emoji in drive, file, and folder names in Windows 10.

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How to Rename Folder in Windows 10

This tutorial will show you different ways to rename a folder in Windows 10.

If a folder is currently in use, for example by a program, Windows will not allow you to rename it.

If you rename more than one folder at the same time, the new name for each folder will be new folder name, new folder name (1), new folder name (2), etc…

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