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File Explorer is one of the widely used apps in Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, just like Windows Explorer is a tool that is most used in Windows 7. There is the first thing that is must do first when you need to move or copy files or delete some data, that is to open the File Explorer or the Windows Explorer. File Explorer has added tons of new features to it.

In this article, we are going to about the definition of the File Explorer in Windows 10 and 8.1, and introduce some ways for you to get help with File Explorer in Windows 10 easily. Moreover, they involve everything from search to keyboard shortcuts, to using speech and so on. Let’s get started:



File Explorer is a graphical user interface component available in Windows 10 and 8.1 that enables users to access, copy, move, edit and manage data, files and other content stored on a mobile device or computer. It has another name is Windows Explorer or Explorer that is a file browser found in every version of Microsoft Windows since Windows 95.


File Explorer has a similar function and appearance as its predecessor, Windows Explorer, but is enhanced with more functionality and features. It is mostly used on your computer to navigate and manage the folders, drives, and files.

File Explorer provides a specific location to view the data on the computer. As another feature that includes the ability to see administrative functions in a vertical ribbon bar which replaces the previous command bar. Two or more file copying processes another major improvement that can occur within a single screen or window. This is supplement by the ability to pause, cancel, stop and resume the copying process.


The feature of searching File Explorer provides an advanced search mechanism that can search for a file or data based on various attributes. File Explorer also enables the addition and creation of folders within Libraries, maneuverability of multimedia files and better control, SkyDrive integration and more.




In past to find your documents is very difficult but in this modern era, Microsoft has made it easier to find your documents in Windows simply create a folder that name is My Documents. Once in Explorer, you can simply Open My Documents and to open the document double-click the document file.


You can also open a program through Explorer, although most programs create a shortcut to programs in the Start Screen or Start Menu after it has been installed. To open a program in Explorer, opening the C: drive, browse to the Program files folder and then double-click the Program Files folder. In the listing of folders, find the program that you want to open and double-click its folder. Finally, once in the program folder, find the executable file and double-click on the file that is run the program.

File extensions are disabled by default, you can determine an executable that has an icon representing the program or looking for a file with the same name of the program.


You can find files or folders on your computers, in the Search tab. To open search at any time while in Windows Explorer press the F3 shortcut.


Now, you can launch File Explorer by just typing File Explorer or Explorer in the search bar.

If you want to have a quicker access to it, you can right-click the File Explorer option and select Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar.

Here are some more shortcuts or keyboard that allows you to use File Explorer quickly if you have more relied on your keyboard.

  • Open-File Explorer Windows key + E
  • Go back to one folder in history press Alt + left arrow key
  • Decrease or Increase the size of icons in File Explorer Ctrl + mouse wheel Up or Down
  • For create a new folder Ctrl + Shift + N

Moreover, In the previous version of Windows, File Explorer opened to show your computer’s largest file cabinets, called disks or drives in computer language. Windows 10 goes further one step.

Seeing your recently opened files and main storage folders may be all you need to start working. If you see all of your computer’s storage areas then you click the words This PC in the pane along the left edge. In the below, you can see the image that represents File Explorer opens to the view you’ve seen in previous Windows versions.


The above images of File Explorer shown look slightly different from the ones on your PC, but you can see the same basic sections:

  • FOLDERS:  

When opened folders, File Explorer lists shortcuts to your main storage folders, a list of recently accessed folders and files as well as your computing history. You can probably find your most recent work here unless you’re starting a brand-new project.


The handy Navigation Pane, on the left edge strip along every folder’s, lists shortcuts to different storage spaces on OneDrive, on your PC and on any other connected computers.


This area lists your devices and PC’s storage areas. Every system has at least one hard drive and the term devices usually refer to gadgets plugged into your PC. If you want to open double-clicking a hard drive icon displays its files and folders, but you can only find much useful information when probing that way. Moreover,  your most important files are present in your Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos folders.


In this picture, you notice that hard drive have the little Windows icon that means Windows lives on that drive. And in this picture, you see the multicolored line next to the drive’s icon. The more files you’ve stuffed onto your drive, the more colored space you see in the line. Your drive is almost full when the line turns red and you should think about uninstalling some unused programs, deleting some unwanted or upgrading to a larger drive.

You may also attach some detachable gadgetry to your computer. Here are some of the more common items:


To each drive’s icon Windows places, a short description like CD-RW means the drive can write to CDs but not write DVDs. In next DVD-RW means that it can both read and write to CDs and DVDs. Moreover, A BD-ROM drive its mean drive can read Blu-ray discs, but it can write only to DVDs and CDs. Similarly, in the next, the ever-so-versatile BD-R and BD-RE drives can read and write to Blu-rays DVDs, CDs, and discs.

However, copying information from a disc is called ripping and Writing information to a disc is called burning.


  • FLASH DRIVES:          

The icon for some flash drive brands favors the actual flash drive. Most of the flash drives simply show a general icon like the one in the margin.


Android phones, iPads, and iPhones receive a generic MP3 player icon but a Windows phone receives a nice icon. Although you need the Apple iTunes software that runs on the Windows desktop if you own an iPhone or iPad. And the last things that remember Windows can’t copy songs to and from an iPad or iPod by itself.

  • CAMERA:        

when plugged into your digital cameras, computer’s USB port usually appear as camera icons in the File Explorer Windows. If you want to import your camera’s photos then turn on your camera and set it to its View Photos mode instead of its Take Photo mode.

After that you should follow these steps:

  • In File Explorer right-clicks the camera’s icon
  • select import Picture and Videos in a pop-up menu.
  • Then Windows running the process of extracting the images, and it places the photos in your Picture folder.



Sometimes user faces a problem File Explorer is not responding when you right-click it. To fix this error follow the instructions below.


  • Press at the same time Windows key and X.
  • Choose option Command Prompt (Admin).

  • Type in command: netsh, (in the command prompt window)
  • Then press Enter
  • Type in winstock reset (in the same window)
  • Press Enter

when the above steps are completed, Restart your computer.

Now follow these steps:

  • Go to start button select Settings.
  • In settings choose Update & security.
  • Choose Windows Update (on the left pane).
  • Select Update history (on the right pane).

  • Then choose option Uninstall Updates.

  • If you can see update KB3081448 or KB3081449 (right click it and select Uninstall).
  • Restart your Computer.



If you want to add new quick access to the loss on the left pane of File Explorer.

  • Right click on the desired folder
  • Choose Pin to Quick Access

If you want to remove or Unpin from Quick access an item from Quick access menu follows below steps:

  • Right-click this item and removed
  • Select Unpin from Quick access