Windows 10 File Explorer features, settings and changes

Windows 10 is different and so are its components and settings. The File Explorer in Windows 10 comes with a new look and a few new options and tabs. It has a new icon, but the jump list is same as seen in Windows 8.1 and previous versions. However, the jump list now shows the pinned programs along with the frequently viewed files and folders.

Let us take a look at some of its features, settings and changes made in Windows 10 File Explorer.

Windows 10 File Explorer

Click on File Explorer in the Start Menu or press Win+E to open the Windows File Explorer. It is a bit different from the one we had in the previous versions of Windows. The prominent changes include:

  • Quick Access instead of Favorites.
  • New tabs Home and Share and
  • Direct access to One Drive
  • It opens to Quick Access now.

The navigation pane in older File Explorer had a tab ‘Favorites’ which is now replaced with ‘Quick Access’ which helps users to navigate to their frequently used locations and the recently used files quickly.

Quick Access

You can access your frequently visited files with the newly added Quick Access feature. It includes the commonly used folders and automatically suggests the lists of files you frequently use, so as to let you access them quickly.


The new and changed file explorer lets you save your files directly to OneDrive online cloudy storage and to sync everything from your OneDrive to your PC. Microsoft has changed the way OneDrive used to work in Windows 8.1 where users were not allowed to sync the files from OneDrive with local file system. In the latest version of Windows Microsoft has rolled back OneDrive to how it was before Windows 8.1.

Home TabWindows 10 file explorer

The new Home tab is added on the top left corner of your new file explorer in Windows 10. Unlike the Windows 8.1 file explorer, the shortcut (Win+E) takes you to the Home tab instead of ‘This PC’. However, you can go to ‘This PC’ from the left pane of your file explorer.

Share Tabshare tab file explorer windows 10

We never had a Share tab in file explorer in previous versions of Windows. Here you can share any of your files or folder with others. Just select any file you want to share and click on the Share icon on the top left corner of your File Explorer. You can also zip the files or burn them into disc from using this new feature. share file explorer windows 10


This View tab in your Windows 10 File Explorer allows you to access the files and folder in a way you want, may it be a tiled view, view with details, small icons, medium icons and much more. vview tab file explorer windows 10You can add a preview pane or details pane in the right of your file explorer. You can change the Folder and Search options from here. Click on Options and adjust the settings according to your preferences. Select if you want to open each folder in the same windows or a new one and more.


In Windows 10, when you click open Explorer, it opens to Quick Access to show Frequent Folders and Recent files. But if you wish, you can disable the Quick Access folders and also make File Explorer open to This PC instead.

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  1. Kenton Hyatt

    Two problems: 1. Cannot scroll through the File Explorer window – cursor jumps to top of window without control. 2. Cannot rename files.

  2. Sonny Boy

    windows 10 big problems, problems problems….It’s not flexible at all. I want to go back with internet explorer. Cannot rename the files, makes me slow down with school works. hate it! Cannot print double side with Microsoft edge. I use fire fox now. Edge is junk.

  3. NahNood

    The updated File Explorer in Windows 10 is the best thing ever (coming from Windows 7) — it’s almost like how it felt going from xp to 7. There is of course the awesome ribbon bar, with all the most convenient commands logically laid out. There’s FINALLY a keyboard shortcut for create new folder (ctrl+shift+n) that also works on the desktop! Can you believe it, after all these years?!?! Renaming a group of selected files now starts with (1) on the *first* file instead of the second (so you no longer have to either put (0) on the first file, or be sure to include (1) before committing the rename). Amazing!!! And there’s open with command prompt on the current folder in the File menu, complete with option to run as administrator right there! MS finally made Windows’ own file manager incredibly usable. 🙂

  4. Jerry

    Is not possible to set the Preview pane down the screen? As in previous versions of Windows. I cannot accept this right sided location.

  5. Jerry

    … I had on mind Detail pane

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