How to Open File Explorer
What’s 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 copy or move files between folders on your computer’s hard drive (HDD) and other drives. And rename the hard drives, folders, or files, and much more.
You can also create new directories (folders) to organize your documents better 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” (without double quotes). Click on it.
The explorer command opens File Explorer in Windows 11, and you can use it in the following programs:
- Task Manager (Here’s how to use the command in this program: Click File > Run new task. Type control folders and press the Enter key. That’s it. Suppose you want to open File Explorer as an administrator. In that case, you need to follow the same steps. Still, you select “Create this task with administrative privileges” before pressing Enter key.)
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.
Note: If you want to open File Explorer as an administrator, right-click on the explorer file and select the “Run as administrator” option. Hit Yes in the popup.
Open Cortana. Enter file explorer and then press Enter key.
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 you can do using this.
How to Create a File Explorer Options Shortcut
- Right-click on the blank area of your desktop or File Explorer.
- Move the mouse over “New.”
- Click on “Shortcut,” which you’ll find under “Folder.”
- When a popup 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, 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. That’s all.
Note: To enable it, follow the steps above, but select Not Configured or Disabled.
How to Reset File Explorer Options
- Start File Explorer Options.
- Hit the Restore Defaults button under the General tab.
- Hit the “OK” button at the bottom.
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 and hit “Properties.”