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Make opening of Window's file manager (File Explorer) more generic #1004

redactedscribe opened this issue Feb 21, 2021 · 2 comments


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If I had to guess, Nicotine+ is explicitly calling explorer.exe and passing it arguments when performing an action such as Open Folder on a downloaded file. This will trigger File Explorer, but not all users may be using File Explorer as their Windows file management software.

Apparently there is a more generic way, at least, as much is hinted by this post on the forums of one File Explorer replacement:

... you may need to ask the software authors to change how they open folders, unless they have a reason for only using Explorer. In general, if they use ShellExecute on the folders, they just need to use a null verb and it will trigger the default file manager. Using "open" as the verb may do the wrong thing.

I'm not sure of the exact details as to how this works, but perhaps Nicotine+ could make this happen? The end result should be that nothing changes for File Explorer users, but those that use a replacement for it, will be able to use what they prefer.


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This is already the case if you clear the file manager command on older Nicotine+ installations. See

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Perfect, thanks!

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