How to Open File Explorer Options in Windows 10

In this post, you will see:

  • How to Open File Explorer Options
  • How to create a File Explorer Options shortcut
  • Activate or deactivate checkboxes for selecting items
  • How to hide or show pop-up description in Windows 10
  • How to hide or display folder merge conflicts in Windows 10
  • Hide or display empty drives in Windows 10
  • Hide or display folder size information in folder tips
  • Hide or display drive letters in Windows 10
  • How to hide or show the full path in the title bar of the File Explorer
  • Hide or show the status bar in Windows 10 File Explorer
  • How to restore previous folder windows at logon in Windows 10
  • How to make File Explorer show icons, not thumbnails
  • How to reset File Explorer Options to default settings

Here I use Windows 10. Let’s go.

How to open File Explorer Options in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can open the File Explorer Options, also known as “Folder Options,” in various ways.

Method #1

Use control folders command in one of the following programs to launch the File Explorer Options.

  • File Explorer address bar
  • Task Manager (click File > Run new task to use the command)

Method #2

Launch the File Explorer and click on the File menu. Click Change folder and search options.

Method #3

Open File Explorer.

Click on the View tab on the Ribbon. Click on the icon above “Options.”

Method #4

Press the Windows + I, and the Settings app will appear.

Type file explorer options in the search box above.

Click “File Explorer Options” in the search results.

Method #5

Open the Control Panel and click the “File Explorer Options” link.

Note: If you do not see the “File Explorer Options” in the Control Panel, open the drop-down list next to “View by” and then select “Large icons” or “Small icons.”

Method #6

Open the Start menu. Enter file explorer options. Click “File Explorer Options” in the search results.

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How to create a File Explorer Options shortcut

Here are the steps to create a File Explorer Options shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop. However, remember that the steps are the same to create a shortcut for the File Explorer.

Steps

Right-click on the blank area of your desktop.

Move the mouse over “New.”

Click on “Shortcut,” which you will find under “Folder.”

In the pop-up, type control folders. Click the Next button.

If you do not like the proposed name, enter the name for the shortcut according to your wishes.

Click the Finish button.

Activate or deactivate checkboxes for selecting items

If you want to selectively select multiple items in the File Explorer or Desktop without a keyboard, you need to enable “Use check boxes to select items.”

Here’s how you can do it:

Open the File Explorer Options.

Navigate to the View tab.

Select the option “Use check boxes to select items.” Click the “OK” button at the bottom.

From here, hover your mouse over an item in the File Explorer or Desktop and you will see a checkbox that allows you to select the item.

To Disable: Disable the above option and then click the “OK” button.

Alternative Way

To Enable: Launch the File Explorer. Click on the View tab in the Ribbon. Select the “Item check boxes” option that you will find above “File name extensions.”

To Disable: Disable the above option.

How to hide or show pop-up description in Windows 10

If you hover over an item in Windows 10 File Explorer or Desktop by default, you will see a pop-up description.

If you want, you can hide or show it in Windows 10. Let’s see how to do that.

Navigate to the View tab in the File Explorer Options.

Unselect (to hide) or select (to display) the “Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items” option.

Click on the “OK” button.

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How to hide or display folder merge conflicts in Windows 10

Say: You move or copy folder A from Downloads to Documents. Documents already have a folder named A.

By default, you are not notified that the destination folder has a folder with the same name and the folders are merged.

Unlike the above scenario, if you want to be notified and decide on merging folders, follow the steps below:

Open the File Explorer Options. Navigate to the View tab. Uncheck the “Hide folder merge conflicts” option. Click the OK button at the bottom.

From now on, a confirmation popup will appear if the target has a folder with the same name while you copy or move a folder.

Notes:

  • To return to the default settings, select the option at the top and click the “OK” button at the bottom of the pop-up.
  • Note that the “Hide folder merge conflicts” option does not affect the confirmation popup that appears when the destination location has a file of the same name while you are copying or moving a file.

Show or hide empty drives in Windows 10

By default, Windows 10 File Explorer hides empty drives.

If you want, you can show or hide empty drives in Windows 10.

Let’s look at the steps to achieve this.

Open File Explorer.

Click on “File.”

Click “Change folder and search options.”

In the Folder Options pop-up window, navigate to the View tab.

Unselect (to display) or select (to hide) the “Hide empty drives” option.

Click on the “OK” button at the bottom.

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Hide or display folder size information in folder tips

When you move the mouse over a folder, you can find folder size information, which is the default on Windows 10.

If you do not want to see the folder size information, follow the steps below:

Open the File Explorer Options.

Go to the View tab.

Uncheck the “Display file size information in folder tips” option and click OK at the bottom.

That’s it. You won’t see the folder size information anymore.

Notes:

  • You will not find folder size information when moving your mouse over a folder in Quick access and This PC, no matter what state the option shown above is in.
  • If you want to return to the default settings, follow the steps above and select instead of disabling the selection.

Hide or display drive letters in Windows 10

Windows 10 File Explorer displays drive letters by default. If you want to hide them, follow the steps below:

Open the File Explorer and click File > Change folder and search options.

In the Folder Options pop-up window, navigate to the View tab.

Uncheck the “Show drive letters” option and click the “OK” button at the bottom.

Note: If you want to return to the default setting, follow the steps above, but instead of removing the check mark, check it.

How to hide or show the full path in the title bar of the File Explorer

When you open a drive or folder in Windows 10, you will find its name in the File Explorer title bar by default.

To display the full path instead of the name in the title bar of the File Explorer, follow these steps:

Launch the File Explorer Options. Navigate to the View tab. Select the “Display the full path in the title bar” option. Click the “OK” button at the bottom.

From now on, you can find the full path in the title bar of the File Explorer.

Notes:

  • You cannot find these folders (3D Objects, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos) path in the title bar when you try to open them from This PC or Quick access.
  • If you want to return to the default setting, remove the check mark from the option mentioned in the steps and then click the “Ok” button.

Hide or show the status bar in Windows 10 File Explorer

By default, you will see the status bar in Windows 10 File Explorer. If you want to hide it, here are the steps:

Launch the File Explorer Options and click the View tab.

Disable the “Show status bar” option that you can see between “Show preview handlers in preview pane” and “Show sync provider notifications.”

Click on the “OK” button at the bottom.

Note: If you want to see the status bar, follow the steps above and instead of unselecting it, check.

How to restore previous folder windows at logon in Windows 10

For example, suppose you have two folders open – Documents and Downloads on your PC, and you shut down, restart or log off your PC when both folders are open.

By default, the next time you log in, you will only see the desktop.

However, if you want the opened folders (in our instance, they are Documents and Downloads) to be opened automatically the next time you log in to your PC, follow the steps below.

Launch the File Explorer Options. Go to the View tab.

Select the option “Restore previous folder windows at logon” and click the “OK” button at the bottom.

From now on, when you log in to your PC, you will find the restored previous folder windows.

Note: If you want to return to the default setting, uncheck the option above and click the “OK” button below.

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How to make Windows 10 File Explorer show icons, not thumbnails

By default, your Windows 10 File Explorer and Desktop display thumbnails for files and folders.

If you do not want to see thumbnails but are OK or want to see icons, follow the steps below.

Open the File Explorer Options.

Go to the View tab.

Select the option “Always show icons, never thumbnails.”

Click on the “OK” button at the bottom.

From now on, you will only find icons in the File Explorer and on your desktop.

Note: If you want to return to the default settings, uncheck the option above.

Alternative Way

In the System Properties pop-up window, click the Advanced tab.

Click the “Settings” button in the “Performance” section.

In the Performance Options pop-up window, uncheck Show thumbnails instead of icons.

Click the “OK” button in the pop-up.

Note: Remember that you can go back by selecting the option above.

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How to reset File Explorer Options

It’s a simple task and here’s how you can do it:

Start File Explorer Options.

On the General tab, you will find the Restore Defaults button. Hit it.

Press the “OK” button at the bottom.

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