A Guide on File Explorer Options in Windows 10

In this post, we’ll see:

Note: search on our blog for the options of File Explorer Options missing in this post. You may find it as a separate post.

Open File Explorer Options

You can open File Explorer Options in different ways, and they are:

Method #1

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

Method #2

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

Method #3

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click on the View tab in the Ribbon.
  3. Click on the icon above Options.
Options

Method #4

  1. Press Windows and I key simultaneously, and it’ll open the Settings app.
  2. Type file explorer options in the search box at the top.
  3. Click on File Explorer Options in the search results.

Method #5

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click the File Explorer Options link.
File Explorer Options in Control Panel

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

Method #6

  1. Open Start menu.
  2. Type file explorer options.
  3. Click on File Explorer Options in the search results.

Hide or Show Status Bar

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:

  1. Open the File Explorer Options.
  2. Click on the View tab.
  3. Unselect Show status bar option which you can find between Show preview handlers in preview pane and Show sync provider notifications.
Canceled the selection of Show status bar
  1. Hit the Ok button at the bottom.

Note: if you want to show the status bar, follow the above steps and instead of unselecting, select.

Show Full Path in Title Bar of Windows 10 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.

Name of the folder in the title bar

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

  1. Launch File Explorer Options.
  2. Navigate to the View tab.
  3. Select Display the full path in the title bar option which you can find between Display file size information in folder tips and Hidden files and folders.
Selected Display the full path in the title bar option
  1. Hit the Ok button at the bottom.

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

Path of the folder in the title bar

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 go back to default, then unselect the option mentioned in the steps and then click on the Ok button.

Restore Previous Folder Windows at Logon

Let’s say: You’ve two folders opened (for instance: 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’ll only see the desktop.

However, if you want the opened folders (in our instance, it is Documents and Downloads) to be automatically opened the next time you log on to your PC, then follow these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer Options.
  2. Go to the View tab.
  3. Select Restore previous folder windows at logon option.
Selected Restore previous folder windows at logon option
  1. Hit the Ok button at the bottom.

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

If you like to go back to default, then unselect the above option and hit the Ok button at the bottom.

Show or Hide Empty Drives

Windows 10 File Explorer hides empty drives by default.

No empty drive is showing in File Explorer

If you want to show them, then here are the steps:

  1. Open the File Explorer.
  2. Click on File > Change folder and search options.
  3. In the pop-up, navigate to the View tab.
  4. Unselect Hide empty drives option which you can find between Show hidden files, folders and drives and Hide extensions for known file types.
Unselected Hide empty drives option
  1. Click the Ok button at the bottom.
Showing empty drive in File Explorer

Note: To get back to default, follow the above steps, and instead of unchecking, check.

Hide or Show Pop-up Description

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

Pop-up description

If you don’t like the pop-up description, then you can hide it and here’s how:

  1. In the File Explorer Options, navigate to View tab.
  2. Unselect Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items.
Unselected Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items option
  1. Hit the Ok button.

Note: if you want to show the pop-up description, follow the above steps and instead of unchecking, check.

Hide or Show Folder Merge Conflicts

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

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

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

  1. Open File Explorer Options.
  2. Navigate to the View tab.
  3. Unselect the Hide folder merge conflicts option.
Unselected Hide folder merge conflicts option
  1. Hit the Ok button at the bottom.

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

Confirm Folder Replace popup

Notes:

  • If you want to go back to the default, select the above option and hit the Ok button at the bottom of the pop-up.
  • Keep in mind that the Hide folder merge conflicts option does not affect the confirmation pop-up that appears ​if the destination location has a file with the same name while copying or moving a file into it.
Replace or Skip Files popup

Hide or Show Drive Letters

Windows 10 File Explorer shows drive letters by default.

Showing drive letters

If you want to hide it, follow the below steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click on File > Change folder and search options.
  3. In the Folder Options pop-up, navigate to the View tab.
  4. Unselect Show drive letters option.
  5. Click on the Ok button at the bottom.
Drive letters are hidden

Note: To go back to default, follow the above steps, and instead of unchecking, check.

Hide or Show Folder Size Information in Folder Tips

Folder tips is a tooltip that shows folder size information when you hover your mouse over a folder. This is the default in Windows 10.

Folder size information is shown in folder tips

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

  1. Open File Explorer Options.
  2. Go to the View tab.
  3. Unselect Display file size information in folder tips option.
Canceled the selection of Display file size information in folder tips
  1. Hit the Ok button at the bottom.

That’s all. You’ll not see folder size information anymore.

Folder size information is not shown in folder tips

Notes:

  • You can’t see folder size information when hovering your mouse over a folder in Quick access and This PC regardless of the state of the option we see above.
  • To revert, follow the above steps, and instead of unselecting, select.

Enable or Disable Use Check Boxes to Select Items

If you want to selectively select multiple items in File Explorer or desktop without using the keyboard, then you need to enable check boxes. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Open the File Explorer Options.
  2. Navigate to the View tab.
  3. Select Use check boxes to select items option.
Selected Use check boxes to select items option
  1. Click the Ok button at the bottom.

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

Selected the items using its checkbox

​To Disable

Unselect the above option and then click on the Ok button.

Alternate Method

To Enable

  1. ​Launch File Explorer.
  2. Click on the View tab in the Ribbon.
  3. Select the Item check boxes option which you can find above File name extensions.
Selected Item check boxes option

To Disable

Unselect the above option.

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