Get help with file explorer in windows 10

What is file explorer in windows 10

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File Explorer is the file management application that is been used by windows operating systems for browsing files and folders. It also provides the graphical interface for the users for navigating and accessing the files that are already stored in the computer.

The most common method of accessing the file explorer is by clicking the folder icon in the taskbar and as soon as you click on the icon the file explorer windows will get open.


Initially, the file explorer window was comprised of four sections,  i.e:-

  1. File Explorer ribbon:-  it resembles the ribbon in Microsoft office which includes the buttons required to perform the common tasks with files and folders.
  2. Navigation pane:-  it helps in accessing the libraries of documents and pictures as well as the storage devices also it features the frequently used folders.
  3. Frequent folders:-  features the recently worked folder to allow quick access to them.
  4. Recent files section:-  it features the recently opened files and documents.


Methods to launch File Explorer in Windows 10

Method 1:- Press Win + E on your keyboard

Method 2:- use of shortcut for file explorer in the taskbar

Method 3:-  using Cortana’s search

Method 4:- using the shortcut of file explorer from the WinX menu.

Method 5:- from start menu use file explorer shortcut

Method 6:- run Explorer.exe

Method 7:- or create a shortcut and place it to your desktop.

Method 8:- use Prompt command or Powershell

Method 9:- By using task manager

Method 10:- By using the Run Window


Additional features of the file explorer in windows 10

1- Home Tab

  • It is located on the top left corner of the file explorer
  • Whenever you tap windows + E  you will be taken to the Home Tab

2- Share Tab

  • It is also located on the top left corner of the file explorer
  • It allows you to share plenty of files whenever you want by just one single click

3- View Tab

  • By clicking on preview pane you can preview the pictures and documents
  • You can also change the file preview from small icons to large icons

4- Quick Access

  • With this feature, you can visit those files which are visited frequently
  • There are two sections of it:- frequently folders and recent files

5- One Drive

  • Earlier Windows explorer allows you to save the files directly in One Drive
  • The new file explorer has overcome this drawback now you can not only save the documents in one drive but also sync these documents with the system.


Methods to access the file explorer in windows 10

  1. From this PC
  2. From the taskbar
  3. From Cortana
  4. From Start Menu
  5. From the power user task menu
  6. From Shortcut key


File Explorer keyboard shortcuts

Alt + DGo to the address bar
Alt  + EnterDisplay the properties of the selected file and folder
Alt + Left Arrow KeyGo back one folder in the history
Alt + Right Arrow KeyGo forward one folder in the history
Alt + PShow/hide the preview pane
Ctrl + DMove files or complete folder to recycle bin
Ctrl + Efinding search box
Ctrl + EActivating the search bar in file explorer
Ctrl + FFinding search box
Ctrl + Mouse Wheel Up or DownChanging the size of icons in file explorer
Ctrl + NOpening a new file explorer window
Ctrl + Shift + EDisplay all folders from the selected folder
Ctrl + Shift + NCreating a new folder
Ctrl + WClose the present file explorer window
F11Maximize or minimize the active window
HomeDisplay the top item in the active window
Num Lock + Asterisk(*)Display all subfolder under the selected folder
Num Lock + Minus(-)Collapse the selected folder
Num Lock + Plus(+)Displaying  the contents of the selected folder
Shift + DeletePermanently delete file or folder


How to uninstall an update

Step 1

Go to Start button-> settings-> update & security

Then on left pane select windows update and right pane select View update history

Step 2

Click on uninstall updates.

Step 3

Restart your computer.


Windows file explorer not working or responding

To resolve this issue you may just follow the simple steps

  1. By using CMD to fix file explorer crash
  2. Launch the power user menu by pressing the Windows key and X at the same time and then select the command prompt option from the list.
  3. If it does not get open do the same in Cortana search box
  4. Now type netsch in the command line window and then hit enter the continual type reset and again hit enter.
  5. Now restart your computer and check out if the problem is resolved or not.
  6. By uninstalling updates


How to update file explorer

  • Select the start button
  • Go to settings
  • Select update and security
  • Then move to windows update
  • At last, go to check for updates and install the latest updated version
  • And restart your device if it’s needed.
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