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How to Get Help with File Explorer in Windows 10

Get Help with File Explorer in Windows 10

The File Explorer is an important function of Windows 10 operating system. It gives you flexibility to quick access, create / rename/ delete folders. While File Explorer is an important part of Windows 10 operating system, this is not something completely new. Those who has been using Windows operating system must be knowing Windows Explorer. The Windows explorer is renamed as File Explorer in Windows 10 with added features. This post explains how to get help with File Explorer in Windows 10 such as accessing file explorer quickly through keyboard shortcut or how to add/ remove folders from quick access.

What is File Explorer ?

Do you want to access any particular folder from any system drive?, do you want to access folder where you’ve stored pictures or the documents in your PC?

You need to use File Explorer to perform such tasks.

As I said the File Explorer in Windows 10 is almost same as Windows Explorer in previous versions of Windows OS, hence if you have used Windows operating system before, you wouldn’t feel it difficult to understand File explorer in windows 10 as well.

The function had been in place since the operating system launched at first but has been modified with each new version. With file explorer you can quickly access the files and folders that you have recently used. Alternatively you can create a shortcut to the folder that you use frequently to quick access.

For example to access the file “Website content” I will have to go through the path: This PC > Local Disk (E) > p> TenTaken > Originals > website data> Content each time.

This is pretty long path and if you want to open any this MS Word file. The File Explorer helps you add folder “content” to Quick access so that you can access the folder very quickly. Isn’t it nice?

Also see: How to get help in windows 10

This article explains various things, so keep reading to get help with File Explorer in Windows 10. By the end of this article, you will have several tips and tricks.

Access Folders via File Manager in Windows 10


Get help with File Explorer in Windows 10

Here we will be discussing several shortcuts to open File Explorer and other ways of opening File Explorer in Windows 10. File Explorer comes with a new interface which is very easy to understand and access as compared to Windows 8.

Lets go ahead and see how to get help with file explorer in Windows 10.

How to open file Manager with Keyboard shortcuts:

If you are looking to access any folder you must have to open file explorer. There are several ways of doing that.

Open File Explorer in Windows 10 with Keyboard Shortcuts:

If you are looking to open a folder or performing a specific tasks with respect to any program (Ex MS Word), no method could be as convenient as using the keyboard shortcuts. With shortcuts you will have to press just a few keys on your keyboard and you are done.

For example if you are working on a MS word file, if you know how to copy/ cut paste with keyboard shortcut, you can perform the task very quickly and conveniently. Just select the text and press shortcut keys.

Same is the case with File Explorer in Windows 10. While the MS Word keyboard shortcuts are very common and people are tend to know them, File Explorer keyboard shortcuts aren’t that common. A very small number of people use shortcuts to open File Explorer, may be because they don’t know them ?

This post can be very helpful for those people.

We have listed the keyboard shortcuts to perform every task in File Explorer in Windows 10. Here we go:

Shortcut Keys Task
WIN + E Open File Explorer
CTRL + SHIFT + N Create a New folder
CTRL + N Open Same folder Multiple times
CTRL+ Scroll Mouse Wheel up/down (Laptop users- Slide finger on the Mouse Pad) Zoom in/ Zoom out
CTRL + E/ CTRL + F Activate Search
ALT+ Right arrow key Go forward in folders (based on history)
ALT + Left Arrow Key Go backward in folders (based o history)
ALT + P Show or Hide Preview pane
ALT + SHIFT+ P  Show or Hide folder Details
CTRL + L Highlight the Path of the Folder
CTRL + W Close the Folder

Customise Quick Access:

There are certain folders that you need to access frequently. It is annoying to go through the whole path if the folder is located deep in drive. To avoid this, we can add this particular folder to Quick access items so that the folder is just one click away. Here is how to do it.

I’ll demonstrate by taking “OnDrive” folder (As in below screenshot)

Also see: How to disable fast user switching in Windows 10

Pin item to Quick access

If you see the “Quickaccess” list below, OneDrive is not there. If you want to add OneDrive to Quickaccess, simply right click on it and chose “Pin to Quick access” Below is the screen taken before pinning OneDrive to Quick access.

Add folder to Quick access in Windows 10

UnPin Item from Quick access in Windows 10

To remove item from Quick access or unpin it, simple right click again on the item and select “Unpin from Quick access” and the item will be removed from Quick access list.

Unpin from quick access

How to launch File Explorer without Keyboard Shortcuts

In our guide how to get help with file explorer in windows 10, we earlier seen how to launch File Explorer with keyboard shortcuts. In this section, we will see how to launch it with other methods (without shortcut keys). Here we go:

Get help with File Explorer in Windows 10: Open file explorer without shortcut keys-

There are several ways to launch File Explorer without shortcut keys as well and I’ll discuss each of them. Moreover, in some cases if you don’t find file explorer at the locations (Task Bar or Start Menu) I’ve discussed, you can customise to add/remove File explorer to those locations. Let’s go ahead:

Use Cortana Search Box-
  1. Click on the bottom left corner to activate Cortana Search Box.
  2. Type “File Explorer” and it will appear in the list.
  3. Click this Desktop app to launch file explorer in Windows 10.Get Help with File Explorer in Windows 10
Launch File Explorer from TaskBar-

This is the quickest method to launch File Explorer in Windows 10 and other version of Windows operating system. Click “File Manager” shortcut from Taskbar as below:

File Explorer from Taskbar

Use Power Menu-
  1. Press Win + X and the power menu will open.
  2. Look for “File Explorer” from the item.
  3. Click to launch it.
File Explorer with powemenu
From Start Menu-

The other alternative to open file manager in Windows 10 is from Start Menu.

  1. Click Start Menu
  2. Look for “File Explorer” as below.
  3. Click to launch it.
    File Manager in windows 10 from Start Menu

If you don’t see File Explorer in TaskBar or Start Menu, do the following:

  1. Go to Cortana Search box and write “File Explorer“. It will appear.
  2. Right Click on the app and chose “pin to Start” to add it to Start Menu Or chose “Pin to taskbar” to add it to taskbar for quick launch.

Pin File Explorer in Taskbar




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