How to Open File Explorer and File Explorer Options in Windows 10

In this post, we’ll see different ways to open File Explorer and File Explorer Options in Windows 10. Let’s get started.

Open File Explorer in Windows 10

Here, we’ll see different methods to open File Explorer in Windows 10. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

Click on the “Folder” icon in the Taskbar.

Folder icon in Taskbar

Method #2

Press Windows key + E to open File Explorer.

Method #3

Open Start Menu. Find and open “Windows System” folder.

Within that folder, you can see “File Explorer” (which is in between “Control Panel” and “Run”).

File Explorer within Windows System folder

Click on it.

Method #4

Open Start Menu and then type “file” (without double quotes).

Now, you can see “File Explorer” in the search results.

File Explorer in the search results

Click on it.

Method #5

The “explorer” command can open File Explorer in Windows 10, and you can use this command in the following programs:

Run Command

Open Run Command. Type “explorer” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter” key.

Explorer in Run Command Box

Control Panel

Open Command Prompt. Type “explorer” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Explorer command in Command Prompt

Windows PowerShell

Open Windows PowerShell. Type “explorer” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Explorer in Windows PowerShell

Address Toolbar

If you’ve added Address Toolbar on your Windows PC, then you can open File Explorer from it.

To do that, type “explorer” (without double quotes) in the Address Toolbar and then press “Enter” key

Explorer in Address Toolbar

Task Manager

Open Task Manager. Now, click File > Run new task.

In the “Create new task” box, type “explorer” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Explorer in Create new task box

Method #6

Open Power User Menu (To do that: right-click on the Start button or press Windows key + X).

Now, select “File Explorer.”

File Explorer in Power User Menu

Method #7

Go to “Windows” folder (To do that: Open Run Command. Type “%windir%” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter”).

Find and double-click “explorer” file.

Explorer file in Windows folder

Open File Explorer Options in Windows 10

Here, we’ll see different ways to open File Explorer Options in Windows 10. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

The “control folders” command can open File Explorer Options in Windows 10, and you can use this command in the following programs:

Run Command

Open Run Command Box. Type “control folders” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Control folders in Run Command

Address Toolbar

In the Address Toolbar, type “control folders” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter” key.

Control folders in Address Toolbar

File Explorer Address Bar

In the File Explorer Address Bar, type “control folders” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Control folders in File Explorer Address Bar

Task Manager

Open Task Manager. Click File > Run new task.

In the “Create new task” box, type “control folders” (without double quotes). Now, press “Enter” key.

Control folders in Create new task box

Command Prompt

Open Command Prompt. Type “control folders” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter.”

Control folders in Command Prompt

Windows PowerShell

Open Windows PowerShell. Type “control folders” (without double quotes) and then press “Enter” key.

Control folders in Windows PowerShell

Method #2

Open File Explorer. Now, click on File > Change folder and search options.

Change folder and search options

Method #3

Open File Explorer and then click on the “View” tab in the Ribbon. Click on “Options.”

Options

Method #4

Press Windows key + I, and it will open the Settings app.

In the “Search Box” at the top, type “file explorer” (without double quotes). Now, you can see “File Explorer Options.”

File Explorer Options is showing in the search results of Windows Settings

Click on it.

Method #5

Open “Control Panel.” Find and click “File Explorer Options.”

File Explorer Options in Control Panel

Note: If you do not 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

Open Start Menu and then type “file explorer options” (without double quotes). In the result, you can see “File Explorer Options.”

File Explorer Options in the result

Click on it.

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