How to Open File Explorer in Windows 11

In this post, you’ll see what File Explorer is, how to launch it, and the steps to create a shortcut for it.

Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

How to Open Windows 11 File Explorer using Taskbar

In the taskbar, click the Folder icon.

How to Open File Explorer using Keyboard Shortcut

Open the File Explorer by pressing Windows + E.

How to Open File Explorer using Start Menu

Open the Start menu. File Explorer appears in your search results when you type the “file” (without double quotes). Click on it.

How to Open File Explorer using Command

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

  • Run
  • Task Manager (To use the command, click File > Run new task)

How to Open File Explorer using Power User Menu

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.

How to Open File Explorer using Explorer File

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

How to Open Windows 11 File Explorer using Cortana

Open Cortana. Enter file explorer and then press Enter key.

That’s it.

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 and select New > Shortcut.

Type explorer and then hit the Next button.

If you dislike the suggested name, please provide the name you prefer.

Click on the Finish button.

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

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 copy or move files between folders on your computer’s hard drive (HDD) and other drives. And rename the hard drives, folders, and files. 

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

Thanks for reading.