So you need help with file explorer in Windows 10? File Explorer in Windows 10 is a little different from the Windows Explorer on the previous version of Windows OS. Some users need help to understand how to use the file explorer in Windows 10. Here is the ultimate guide in using the File Explorer in Windows 10.
File explorer is a major part of Windows 10 as an Operating System with a functionality to organize and manage the files you have or files required by the software you installed. Files stored on your hard drive can only be accessed using File Explorer. For advanced users, they can use the command prompt. Copy, move, delete, and rename is the main function that you can do by using File Explorer, lets learn how to use it.
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First, you need to know how to launch this File Explorer. There are many different ways to do it, but we are only going to use the easiest way: when your screen shows the desktop without any window show up, simply pressed window + E on your keyboard, this will launch File Explorer immediately. Or you can click the yellow folder icon on the taskbar:
Customize Quick Access in File Explorer
When you launch the file explorer, the window that appears will display the Quick Access by default. Quick Access contains some folders that you frequently open or used so you no longer have to digging the folders that are too deep and requires several steps to find it. On the left side of the Quick Access is some kind of bookmarks from what is shown on the right side, of course you can change this by adding or changing the folder to be displayed in the Quick Access.
To add a folder to the quick access, simply right click on the folder and choose “Pin to Quick access”
OneDrive on File Explorer
Onedrive is a free online storage or cloud server where you can save your files through the File Explorer, make sure you have a microsoft account in order to use this service. You can view OneDrive on the left side panel of the File Explorer. To save your files to OneDrive, simply drag and drop your files from the right side to the folder under OneDrive on the left panel.
You can do common operations such as copy, move, delete, and rename as usual, nothing different. There are some keyboard shortcuts that can help you in operating the File Explorer and probably will make you look like an IT guys, because you do not need a mouse.
Keyboard Shortcuts for File Explorer
Windows key + E: launch File Explorer.
Alt + P: show or hide the Preview pane.
Alt + Shift + P: show or hide the Details pane.
Alt + left arrow key: go back one folder in your history.
Alt + up arrow key: go up one folder in the folder tree.
Ctrl + N: open a new File Explorer window.
Ctrl + E: activate the Search bar.
Ctrl + Shift + N: create a new folder in the current folder.
Ctrl + mouse wheel up or down: increase or decrease the size of icons and thumbnails.
If you are still experiencing problems and need help in using File Explorer, or if you know anything else about the File Explorer please let us know about it.