In Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1, File Explorer opens to Computer or This PC. That is, when we click on the File Explorer icon or when you use the Windows logo and E keys, we get Computer (My Computer) or This PC.
But in Windows 10, File Explorer opens to Quick Access by default. Quick Access displays frequently accessed folders (maximum of ten) and recently accessed files (maximum of twenty) so that you can easily access your recently accessed files and frequently accessed folders without navigating to them. The Quick Access is handy for those who would like to see all recently accessed files and folders upon launching the File Explorer.
Once Quick Access is opened, you need to click the This PC icon in the left navigation pane to switch to This PC.
Windows users who have accustomed to seeing This PC or Computer upon launching File Explorer might want to get This PC or Computer in Windows 10 as well. In one of our earlier posts, we talked about using AutoHotKey software to make Windows+E hotkey open This PC or Computer in Windows 10.
Luckily, it’s now possible to make File Explorer open This PC instead of the Quick Access. Windows 10 now allows you to configure the File Explorer open to This PC without the help of any third-party utilities. An option is present under Folder Options to make File Explorer open This PC.
Follow the given below instructions to make File Explorer open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10.
Method 1 of 3 to make File Explorer open to This PC in Windows 10
Step 1: Click on the File Explorer icon in the taskbar to open Quick Access. Alternatively, you can open up any folder or drive.
Step 2: Click the File menu and then click Options or Change folder and search options to open the Folder Options dialog.
Step 3: Here, under the General tab, select This PC from the drop-down menu right next to Open File Explorer to option.
Step 4: Finally, click the OK button. That’s it! You don’t need to restart or log out to see the change. From now onwards, File Explorer will always open to This PC instead of Quick Access.
Method 2 of 3 to make This PC default in Windows 10 File Explorer
Step 1: Open up a folder located anywhere on your PC.
Step 2: Click the File menu button (located upper-left of the window) and then click Options or Change folder and search options to open Folder Options.
Step 3: Under the General tab, expand the menu next to Open File Explorer to option and then select This PC from the drop-down menu.
Click the Apply button.
Method 3 of 3 to open File Explorer to This PC using Registry
If you are unable to set File Explorer to This PC in Windows 10 using the methods mentioned above, you can manually edit the Registry to do so.
We recommend you create a manual system restore point before editing the Registry or create a backup of the Registry key that you’re going to edit.
Step 1: Run Registry Editor. To do so, type Regedit in the Start/taskbar search box and then press Enter key. Click the Yes button when you see the UAC prompt.
Alternatively, you can type Regedit in the Run command box and then hit Enter to open Registry Editor.
Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:
Step 3: On the right-side, look for the value titled LaunchTo. Double-click on LaunchTo and then change the Value data from 1 to 0 (zero) to make File Explorer always open to This PC. Click OK.
Close the Registry Editor. Good luck!
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