How to Open File Explorer Options in Windows 10

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Here, I’m using Windows 10. Let’s begin.

How to Open File Explorer Options in Windows 10

In Windows 10, you can open File Explorer Options in diverse ways. Let’s see what those methods are.

Method #1

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

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

Method #2

Launch File Explorer. Click on File > Change folder and search options.

Method #3

Open File Explorer. Click on the “View” tab in the Ribbon. Click on the icon above “Options.”

Method #4

Press the Windows and I button at the same time, and it’ll open the Settings app. Type file explorer options in the search box at the top. Click on “File Explorer Options” in the search results.

Method #5

Open the Control Panel. Click on the “File Explorer Options” link.

Note: If you don’t see the “File Explorer Options” in the Control Panel, open the drop-down list beside “View by” and then choose “Large icons” or “Small icons.”

Method #6

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

How to Create File Explorer Options Shortcut

Here you will see the steps to create a File Explorer Options shortcut on your Windows 10 desktop. But remember that the steps are the same for creating a shortcut on File Explorer. Let us begin.

Steps

Right-click on your desktop’s blank area. Hover your mouse over “New.” Hit “Shortcut,” which you can find under “Folder.”

In the pop-up, type control folders. Hit the “Next” button. Now, provide the name for the shortcut as per your liking if you don’t like the suggested name. Click on the “Finish” button.

How to Enable or Disable Use Check Boxes to Select Items

If you want to selectively select multiple items in File Explorer or desktop without a keyboard, then you must 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 “Use check boxes to select items” option. Click the “Ok” button at the bottom.

From now on, hover your mouse over an item in the File Explorer or desktop, and you will see a checkbox that you can use to select the item.

​To Disable: Unselect the option above and then click on the “Ok” button.

Alternative Way

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

To Disable: Unselect the option above.

How to Hide or Show Pop-up Description in Windows 10

By default, when you hover your mouse over an item in Windows 10 File Explorer or desktop, you will see a pop-up description.

If you wish, you can hide or show it in Windows 10. Let us see how to do that.

In the File Explorer Options, navigate to the “View” tab. Unselect (to hide) or select (to display) the “Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items” option. Hit the “Ok” button.

How to Hide or Show Folder Merge Conflicts in Windows 10

Let’s say: you’re moving (or copying) folder A from Downloads to Documents. Documents already have a folder named A.

Here, by default, you’ll not be notified that the destination folder has a folder with the same name and the folders will get merged.

Unlike the above scenario, if you wish to get notified and choose about merging folders, then follow the steps below:

Open File Explorer Options. Navigate to the “View” tab. Unselect the “Hide folder merge conflicts” option. Hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

From here on, you’ll be shown a confirmation pop-up if the destination location has a folder with the same name while copying or moving a folder into it.

Notes:

  • If you want to get back to the default, select the option above, and hit the “Ok” button at the bottom of the pop-up.
  • Remember, the “Hide folder merge conflicts” option doesn’t affect the confirmation pop-up that shows up ​if the destination location has a file with the same name while copying or moving a file into it.

How to 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 us look at the steps to achieve this.

Open File Explorer.

Click on “File.”

Click “Change folder and search options.”

Navigate to the View tab in the pop-up.

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

Click on the “OK” button at the bottom.

How to Hide or Show Folder Size Information in Folder Tips

Folder tips is a tooltip that displays folder size information whenever you hover the mouse over a folder. It is the default on Windows 10.

If you don’t want to see folder size information in the folder tips, follow the steps below:

Open File Explorer Options. Go to the “View” tab. Unselect the “Display file size information in folder tips” option. Hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

That’s all. You won’t see the folder size information any longer.

Notes:

  • You don’t see folder size information when hovering your mouse over a folder in Quick access and This PC no matter the state of the option we look at above.
  • If you want to return to default, follow the steps above, and instead of unselecting, select.

How to Hide or Show Drive Letters in Windows 10

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

Open File Explorer. Click on File > Change folder and search options. In the “Folder Options” pop-up, navigate to the “View” tab. Unselect the “Show drive letters” option. Click on the “Ok” button at the bottom.

Note: If you want to return to default, follow the steps listed above, but instead of unchecking, check.

How to Hide or Show Full Path in the Title Bar of File Explorer

By default, when you open a drive or folder in Windows 10, you can see its name in the title bar of the File Explorer.

If you want to show the full path instead of the name in the title bar of File Explorer, then follow the steps below:

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

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

Notes:

  • You can’t see these folders (3D Objects, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos) path in the title bar if you try to open them from This PC or Quick access.
  • If you want to revert to default, then remove the check from the option mentioned in the steps and then click on the “Ok” button.

How to Hide or Show Status Bar in Windows 10 File Explorer

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

Launch the File Explorer Options. Click on the “View” tab.

Unselect the “Show status bar” option, which you can see between “Show preview handlers in preview pane” and “Show sync provider notifications.” Hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

Note: if you want to show the status bar, follow the preceding steps and instead of unselecting it, check.

How to Restore Previous Folder Windows at Logon in Windows 10

Let’s say: You have two folders opened (for example – Documents and Downloads) on your PC, and you Shut down, Restart or Sign out your PC with both the folders opened.

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

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

Launch File Explorer Options. Go to the “View” tab. Select the “Restore previous folder windows at logon” option. Hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.

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

Note: If you would like to revert to default, then uncheck the option above and hit the “Ok” button on the bottom.

How to Reset File Explorer Options

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

Launch File Explorer Options.

In the “General” tab, you will see the “Restore Defaults” button. Hit it.

Hit the “Ok” button at the bottom.


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 don’t want to see thumbnails but are OK (or want) to view icons, follow the steps below.

  1. Open File Explorer Options.
  1. Go to the “View” tab.
  1. Select the “Always show icons, never thumbnails” option.
  1. Click on the “OK” button at the bottom.

From now on, you see icons only on File Explorer and desktop.

Note: If you want to go back to default, uncheck the above option.

Alternative Way

  1. In the “System Properties” pop-up, click on the “Advanced” tab.
  1. Click on the “Settings” button under the “Performance” section.
  1. In the “Performance Options” pop-up, deselect the “Show thumbnails instead of icons” option.
  1. Hit the “OK” button on the pop-up.

Note: Remember, you can go back by choosing the option above.