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.
In the taskbar, click the Folder icon.
Open the File Explorer by pressing Windows + E.
Open the Start menu. File Explorer appears in your search results when you type the file. Click on it.
The explorer command opens File Explorer in Windows 11, and you can use it in the following programs:
- Command Prompt
- Windows PowerShell
- Task Manager (Click File > Run new task option to use this command)
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.
Go to the C: > Windows folder and double-click on the “explorer” file.
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.
How to Create a File Explorer Options Shortcut
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.
Note: If you want to enable it, follow the above steps but replace the 1 with 0 or remove the DWORD you created above.
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.
Note: To enable it, follow the steps above but select Not Configured or Disabled.
How to Reset File Explorer Options
How to Open File or Folder Properties in Windows 11
Select the file or folder. Press the Alt + Enter keys together.
Right-click on the file or folder. Hit the “Properties” option.
Double-click the file or folder while holding the “Alt” key.
Select the file or folder. Click on the three horizontal dots at the top. Hit the “Properties.”