Do you want to change the default settings and options of File Explorer in Windows 10/11? This guide will show you how to open File Explorer settings in Windows 10/11.
Following are the five easy ways to open the File Explorer settings in Windows 10 and 11.
Important: Some of the File Explorer options can be changed right from within File Explorer in Windows 10. For instance, you can click on the View tab and then select a view to change the default view settings. Likewise, you can show/hide the File Explorer navigation pane (left pane) by clicking on the Navigation pane option under the View tab and then selecting/deselecting the Navigation pane option.
Method 1 of 5
Open File Explorer settings via File Explorer in Windows 10/11
Step 1: Launch the File Explorer by clicking on its icon on the taskbar, search, or Windows + E keyboard shortcut.
Step 2: Once the File Explorer is launched, click on the File menu and then click Change folder and search options. This will open the Folder Options dialog, where you can change various File Explorer settings.
And if you are on Windows 11, in the File Explorer, click on the three dots (refer to the picture below) on the toolbar and then click Options to open Folder Options.
Method 2 of 5
Open File Explorer settings in Windows 10/11 using search
Step 1: In Windows 10/11’s search, type File Explorer options and then hit the Enter key to open the File Explorer Options, which is nothing but Folder Options.
Method 3 of 5
Open File Explorer settings via CMD in Windows 10/11
Step 1: Open the Command Prompt using search.
Step 2: At the Command Prompt window, type control.exe folders and press the Enter key to open the File Explorer Options dialog.
Method 4 of 5
Open File Explorer settings via Run in Windows 10/11
Step 1: Open the Run command dialog box using search or Windows + R hotkey.
Step 2: Type control folders in the Run command dialog and then hit the Enter key to open the Folder Options.
Method 5 of 5
Another way to open File Explorer settings from within File Explorer in Windows 10
Step 1: In the File Explorer, click on the View tab, click Options and then click Change folder and search options. That’s it!
Difference between File Explorer and Windows Explorer
Users who have been using Windows for over a decade know that both Windows Explorer and File Explorer are the same. With Windows 8, Microsoft renamed Windows Explorer to File Explorer.
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