Due to many request from our readers, we are publishing article to get help with File Explorer in Windows 10. Microsoft has included plenty of new features in Windows 10 Operation System. Many features are changed from previous version. File Explorer is one of them which is an advance version of Windows Explorer of Windows 7 and earlier versions. Due to new look, new name and changed location of options, users are not fully aware about the new features or options available in File Explorer. I hope this article will assist them to get help with File Explorer in Windows 10.
First we will look at the noticeable changes or advancement offered by File Explorer in Windows 10.
What’s changed in File Explorer?
- OneDrive is now part of File Explorer. For more details on how it works in Windows 10, check out OneDrive on your PC.
- In Windows 7, with Windows Explorer, always you are getting landed in My Computer to see C & D Drives. But in Windows 10, when File Explorer opens, you’ll land in Quick access. Your frequently used folders and recently used files are available there, so you won’t have to search your folders every time. You can also pin your favourite folders to Quick access to keep them close at hand. For more info, see Pin, remove, and customize in Quick access.
- Now, you can easily share files and photos right from File Explorer. Select the files you want to share, go to the Share tab located in top menu, select the Share button, and then choose an app. For more info on sharing options, see Share files in File Explorer.
- My Computer is now called This PC and it won’t show up on your desktop by default. Go to Start Menu to locate it.
- Libraries won’t show up in File Explorer by default. To add them to the left pane, navigate to the View tab > Navigation pane > Show libraries.
These are the major changes you find in File Explorer.
Get help with file explorer in Windows 10 by customization
Quick Access: You may have plenty folders spread across the all drives, but you may require regular access to only few of them. To get access to all these file from single location, you can use “Quick Access” option.
If you want a folder to show up in Quick access, right-click it and select Pin to Quick access. Unpin it when you don’t need it there anymore.
OneDrive: If you have heard about Google Drive, OneDrive is the same cloud storage service from Mircosoft. OneDrive is free online storage that comes with your Microsoft account. You can save your important files there and you’ll be able to get to them from any PC, tablet, or phone in the World.
Navigation: You can use VIEW tab in top menu of File Explorer to customize view of left pane of the File Explorer.
File Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10
|Press this key||To do this|
|Alt+D||Select the address bar|
|Ctrl+E||Select the search box|
|Ctrl+F||Select the search box|
|Ctrl+N||Open a new window|
|Ctrl+W||Close the current window|
|Ctrl+mouse scroll wheel||Change the size and appearance of file and folder icons|
|Ctrl+Shift+E||Display all folders above the selected folder|
|Ctrl+Shift+N||Create a new folder|
|Num Lock+asterisk (*)||Display all subfolders under the selected folder|
|Num Lock+plus (+)||Display the contents of the selected folder|
|Num Lock+minus (-)||Collapse the selected folder|
|Alt+P||Display the preview pane|
|Alt+Enter||Open the Properties dialog box for the selected item|
|Alt+Right arrow||View the next folder|
|Alt+Up arrow||View the folder that the folder was in|
|Alt+Left arrow||View the previous folder|
|Backspace||View the previous folder|
|Right arrow||Display the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder|
|Left arrow||Collapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in|
|End||Display the bottom of the active window|
|Home||Display the top of the active window|
|F11||Maximize or minimize the active window|
Issue and Solution: Windows 10 File Explorer is not responding
If File Explorer is not responding or crash down continuously, it may possible that any particular software in your system that is not compatible with the OS. I personally used the following method to narrow down my hunt:
- Donwload CCleaner (free software)
- Go in Tools
- Go in Startup
- Then disable all software that showup.
If your File Explorer is working now, simply enable the software one by one to know which one is the source of error. After enabling any software, File Explorer stops responding or crashed down then that particular software is having issue. Now check by uninstalling or reinstalling that software.
Thanks for reading this post. I think, I have covered all important points required to get help with File Explorer in Windows 10. Still you have any doubt or any query, pleases comment below, I will try to reply on it ASAP.