Windows Explorer receives much less praise than it deserves , it is one of the most complete and powerful tools of the Windows operating system and it improves significantly with each version. If you have used other file managers in other operating systems, you cannot deny that no matter how beautiful they look, they do not let you do everything that Windows allows you to do.

In Windows 10 several new things that make the browser and even better that few users take advantage included. Today we are going to show you several of them, we are going to give you some tips to make the most of the explorer and we will also tell you how you can change its appearance, add extra things or remove the ones you don’t like.

Obtenir de l’aide sur l’explorateur de fichiers dans windows 10 OneDrive on your PC

To save a document you’re working on to OneDrive, select a OneDrive folder from the list of storage locations. To move files to OneDrive, open File Explorer and then drag them to a OneDrive folder.

get help with file explorer in windows 10
get help with file explorer in windows 10

OneDrive is now part of File Explorer. For quick basic instructions on how it works in Windows 10, see OneDrive on your computer.

When you open File Explorer, you will be in Quick Access. Frequently used folders and recently used files are displayed there, so you don’t have to search through a series of folders to find them. You can also pin your favorite folders to Quick Access to keep them handy. For more information, see Pin, Remove, and Customize in Quick Access.

get help with file explorer in windows 10
get help with file explorer in windows 10

Now you can use applications to share files and photos directly from File Explorer. Select the files you want to share, go to the Share tab, select the Share button, and then choose an application. For more information on sharing options, see Share files in File Explorer.

Pin, remove, and customize in Quick Access

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If you want a folder to appear in Quick Access, right-click and select Pin to Quick access. When you no longer need to have it there, you can unpin it.

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get help with file explorer in windows 10
Obtenir de l’aide sur l’explorateur de fichiers dans windows 10 Put off

If there is something in Quick Access that you want to remove, right-click and select Remove from Quick Access. You will not see it again, even if you use it daily.

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get help with file explorer in windows 10
Show only pinned folders

To turn off recent files or frequent folders, go to the View tab, then select Options. In the Privacy section, uncheck the boxes and select Apply. Now Quick Access will only show pinned folders. (If you turn them back on, items you previously removed from Quick Access may reappear.)

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get help with file explorer in windows 10
Open in This computer

If you’d prefer File Explorer to open on This PC, go to the View tab, then select Options. In the Open File Explorer in section, select This computer and then Apply.

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Show Libraries in File Explorer

To show libraries in File Explorer, select the View tab , then select Navigation Pane > Show Libraries.

Windows 10 Help

Type a question or keyword in the search box and you’ll get answers from Microsoft, the web, and Cortana.

Here are answers to some common questions about File Explorer:
How can Quick Access be customized?
How does OneDrive work in Windows 10? Where are my libraries?
If you’re looking for something else, take a look at other File Explorer topics.

Windows 10 Help

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get help with windows 10 file explorer

Type a question or keyword in the search box and you’ll get answers from Microsoft, the web, and Cortana. Get help with file explorer in windows 10

Add tabs to Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer Clover Tabs

This is something some Linux users are used to by now, as anyone who has ever used a web browser in their life will find it super practical. There is an application called Clover that adds tabs to Windows Explorer .

It works from Windows XP to Windows 10. It is free, and it not only lets you open several folders within the same window thanks to the use of tabs very similar to those of Chrome or Firefox, but it also lets you add favorites to a bar , or change the theme by one compatible with Google Chrome.

You can use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + T to open new tabs , with CTRL + W you close one tabs, and with CTRL + Tab you switch between the different tabs. If you are one of those who prefer to use your keyboard than the mouse, you will save a good time between tasks.

Restart Explorer in case of emergency

While we said Windows Explorer is very good, we didn’t say it was perfect. If all the users of this operating system know something, it is the curse of crashes and applications that stop responding , the Explorer is one of those that suffers the most from this evil.

In Microsoft they know it, and that is why since Windows 8 they added a button specially dedicated to restarting Windows Explorer from the Task Manager. You just have to right click on the start button and select the Administrator, or use the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + ESC.

Task Manager

From there on the Processes tab, find Windows Explorer in the list of active applications, select it, and then click the “Restart” button that appears at the bottom right.

View advanced audio and video information

mediatab

With the MediaTab plugin you can get detailed information on multimedia files simply by right clicking on them. You’ll be able to know things like codec, bitrate, resolution, encoding options, metadata, and more without having to open a separate application.

Hide frequent folders from quick access

In Windows 10 a new feature was added to the section of Windows Explorer called “Quick Access”. Every time the system detects that you open certain folders a lot, it automatically adds them to that list. This sometimes generates very long and somewhat annoying lists. It may be that one day I opened a folder a lot, but it doesn’t mean that I want a shortcut to it forever.

Luckily, we can disable this so that it looks more like the favorites that appeared in the explorer in Windows 8. To do this we have to open the explorer’s folder options:

folder explorer

Now in the Privacy options on the General tab , uncheck the “Show recently used files or folders in Quick Access” boxes.

Folder options

You can also take the opportunity to change the behavior of the browser when you start it for the first time . By default it opens in Quick Access, but you can choose to start on This computer, or the equivalent of the old “My Computer”.

Change view type quickly

You probably know that right-clicking inside any Windows Explorer folder opens a context menu to change how the icons look. You know, small, medium, large, very large, tiles, content or details.

What you may not know is that you don’t have to do a single click to navigate between all those views, all you have to do is press the CTRL key and move the mouse wheel . The GIF above shows it clearly.

Rename multiple files at once

Renaming files in Windows Explorer is easier than some think, if you know how to use the tool well, you will save many, many clicks . If for example you want to change the name of several files at the same time for different things, you just have to right click on it and choose “Rename” in the context menu that appears.

An even simpler way is to gently left click on the file and wait a second for the name to be editable. When you have changed the name you don’t have to press Enter, you don’t have to make another click, just press the TAB key to pass the next file and rename it directly.

You can also select multiple files at the same time, right click, select the “Rename” option and choose a name for them, Windows Explorer will automatically add a number between parentheses to each item to differentiate them.

Add option to send files to other devices

One of the most useful apps I have come across in this life is called Pushbullet. This simple tool allows us to send files, notes, links, and images between different devices.

If you download the version for Windows, it will be integrated with Windows Explorer so that every time you right-click on any file, you will have the option to send it to your tablet, smartphone, another computer, another browser, to a friend, etc. and it will receive it as a push notification. It can be incredibly convenient.

Do advanced searches

If you tend to handle a lot of documents on your computer and there are so many that you always have a hard time finding things the first time, you probably need more help using the search function in Windows Explorer .

For example, something simple is that from the search box you can search for files according to their size and modification date, but you may not know the different operators to do advanced searches that can be used in it.

Search Results On This Computer

For example, the “AND” operator is used to search for files that contain two specific words . “Presentation AND Mayo” will search for files that contain the words “Presentation” and “Mayo” in the name no matter where they are in the file.

The “NOT” operator does the opposite, “Presentation NOT May” will search for files that contain the word “Presentation” and will exclude all those that also contain the word “May”. The “OR” operator will search for files that contain either of the two search terms, together or separately.

Delete search history

If for any reason you would like to delete your search history from Windows File Explorer, you can. Normally the browser remembers all the searches you have done before and when you start to write something in the drawer it suggests the past searches , this can be very useful and serve to save time, but if you share the computer with someone you could have your reasons for wanting delete it.

Search File Explorer

To do this, open File Explorer, click inside the search drawer and then click “Search” under the “Search Tools” tab. Then click on ” Recent searches ” and there will appear the option to erase the history.

Clear Search History From Windows Explorer

Make Windows 10 Explorer look more like Windows 7

If you don’t like the so-called “ribbon” menu that first appeared in Windows 8 and adds a bunch of additional options to the file explorer at the top, you can get rid of it with a tool called OldNewExplorer that makes your explorer look like more to Windows 7.

Oldnewexplorer

I personally prefer it this way because I like to change the Windows theme and the ribbon menu never looks good with anything, plus I never use it and I never miss it. As you can see in the image above, the browser window with OldNewExplorer installed looks much simpler than in the other screenshots in this article where it was disabled.

OldNewExplorer has several options, not only does it change some aesthetic aspects, but it allows you to bring the libraries back to Windows 10 , if you liked that organization of the files.

Bonus

If you wonder how I made my Windows 10 have the classic Windows theme, and why my folders are blue and cute and not the usual yellow ones.

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