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Windows 7: Is there a way to refresh the network list in File Explorer?

11 Feb 2013   #1

7 Ultimate 64bit
Is there a way to refresh the network list in File Explorer?

When I open a Windows Explorer window, on the left column there are the usual Favorites, Libraries, Computer and finally Network. Click on network and after what appears to be a brief scan, it will show a nice list of all the computers connected along with Media Devices.

But sometimes, some of the other computers drop off. I seem to notice this after mine wakes from sleep mode (and perhaps some of the other computers have been off and on. It doesn't refresh the network list. Mine shows up, but nothing else.

If I reboot, everything shows up again. But I don't want to do that all the time. Is there a way (command) that will refresh the list manually?

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11 Feb 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

Press F5, that should do a Refresh.
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12 Feb 2013   #3

7 Ultimate 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Press F5, that should do a Refresh.
Ah yes - thanks. Tried several times today after I woke my computer up from a sleep state. It didn't work until I clicked on the heading "Computer" for the group, and then hit the F5. At first only my computer was visible, then I could see the address bar at the top turn green as it scanned, and the other computers showed up.
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 Is there a way to refresh the network list in File Explorer?

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