How to Open File Explorer and Folder Options in Windows 11

In this post, you’ll see:

I’m using Windows 11 PC here. Let’s get started.

How to Open File Explorer

What is File Explorer?

Since Windows 95, Microsoft’s Windows operating system comes with File Explorer.

Note that File Explorer used to be called Windows Explorer.

With this file manager, you can see files, folders, and sub-folders on your computer and delete them as well.

Using File Explorer, you can also copy or move files between folders on your computer’s hard drive (HDD), other drives, networked computers, USB flash drives, CD and DVD drives, and rename hard drives, folders, or files, and much more. 

You can also create new directories (folders) to better organize your documents, and a few different files using this.

Here are the different ways to open it in Windows 11.

Method #1

In the taskbar, click the Folder icon.

Method #2

Open the File Explorer by pressing Windows + E.

Method #3

Open the Start menu. File Explorer appears in your search results when you type the file. Click on it.

Method #4

The explorer command opens File Explorer in Windows 11, and you can use it in the following programs:

  • Run
  • Command Prompt
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Task Manager (Click File > Run new task option to use this command)

Method #5

Access the Power User menu by right-clicking the Start button or holding Windows and X keys together.

Choose the File Explorer option, which you’ll find between Settings and Search.

Method #6

Go to the C: > Windows folder and double-click on the “explorer” file.

Method #7

Open Cortana. Enter file explorer and then press Enter.

How to Create a File Explorer Shortcut

Here, I’m creating a desktop shortcut to open File Explorer.

Right-click on an empty area on the desktop. Select New > Shortcut.

Type explorer and then hit the Next button.

If you dislike the suggested name, then please provide the name you prefer. Click on the Finish button.

That’s all. You’ll see the shortcut on the desktop now.

How to Open File Explorer Options in Windows 11

With File Explorer Options, you can customize how the File Explorer looks and functions. 

For example: sometimes, you need to enable/disable certain features of File Explorer (like showing hidden items) that can be accomplished by using this.

File Explorer Options (also known as “Folder Options”) can be accessed in various ways in Windows 11. Let’s see them.

Method #1

You can launch File Explorer Options by using the control folders command in one of the following programs:

  • File Explorer address bar
  • Task Manager (Click File > Run new task to use the command)
  • Command Prompt
  • Windows PowerShell

Method #2

Start the File Explorer by pressing Windows + E and click on the three horizontal dots at the top. Click Options.

Method #3

To open Settings, press Windows + I. Type file explorer options in the search box on the left sidebar.

Click “File Explorer Options” in the search results.

Method #4

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

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

Method #5

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

How to Create a File Explorer Options Shortcut

You can create a shortcut to File Explorer Options on your Windows 11 desktop or File Explorer by following these steps:

Right-click on the blank area of your desktop or File Explorer.

Move the mouse over “New.” Click on “Shortcut,” which you will find under “Folder.”

When a pop-up appears, type control folders. Click Next.

If you dislike the proposed name, add the name of your choice.

Click the Finish button.

How to Disable Folder Options

Here’s how to disable File Explorer Options (also known as Folder Options) in Windows 11:

Launch Registry Editor. I suggest a Registry backup before continuing.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.

Right-click on the blank space in the right pane. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Enter NoFolderOptions as a name and then press the Enter key.

Double-click it and enter 1 in the Value data field. Hit the OK button.

That’s it.

Note: If you want to enable it, follow the above steps but replace the 1 with 0 or remove the DWORD you created above.

Alternative Method

Launch local group policy editor.

Navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.

Then double-click “Do not allow Folder Options to be opened from the Options button on the View tab of the ribbon” in the right pane.

Select Enabled. Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

Note: To enable it, follow the steps above but select Not Configured or Disabled.

How to Reset File Explorer Options

You can accomplish this task in a few steps:

Start File Explorer Options. Hit the Restore Defaults button under the General tab.

Press the “OK” button at the bottom.

How to Open File or Folder Properties in Windows 11

Method #1 

Select the file or folder. Press the Alt + Enter keys together.

Method #2

Right-click on the file or folder. Hit the “Properties” option.

Method #3 

Double-click the file or folder while holding the “Alt” key.

Method #4 

Select the file or folder. Click on the three horizontal dots at the top. Hit the “Properties.”


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