8 Ways to Open File Explorer in Windows 10

Windows File Explorer is an essential file management application of the windows 10 operating system. Whether your mouse is broken or you just prefer command prompt, there are many ways to open file explorer in windows 10.

Click on the Taskbar Icon

windows Operating system comes with some preloaded apps on the taskbar, including file explorer; just click on the file explorer icon on the taskbar and open it.

if you have removed the file explorer from the windows taskbar, you can re-pin-it to the taskbar using the below method:

To re-pin it, launch file explorer, right-click its icon on the taskbar, and then select “Pin to taskbar“. it will keep it there permanently. you can also then drag and drop it wherever you want it on the taskbar.

Use the Keyboard Shortcut

every keyboard of a windows PC has windows key (it is the one with the windows icon). You can open Windows File Explorer by pressing Windows+E. With this method you can directly open windows file explorer without touching the mouse.

Via Windows Search

you can search for any application on your PC in windows search. you can also able to open windows file explorer from the windows search. in the search box to the left of the taskbar, just type “file explorer“, and then click on the searched result “File explorer” in the search results to launch the file explorer.

From the Start Menu

There are three ways you can open file explorer form the start menu. the first is to click on the start menu, and then scroll down the apps list and click on “windows system“. in the submenu, click on the “File explorer” to open it.

You can additionally pin File Explorer to the sidebar above the Start button. To do so, click Settings > Personalization > Start, and then click “Choose which folders appear on Start.”

on the next screen, switch on “File explorer” option.

when you successfully done this, you are able to access “File explorer” from the sidebar of the start menu; click it to launch the file explorer.

You can withal integrate a shortcut to the pinned tile section to the right of the Start menu. To do so, open the Start menu, type “File Explorer” in the Search box, and then, in the pane that appears to the right of the search results, click “Pin to Start.”

Alternatively, if you pinned File Explorer to the sidebar of the Start menu, you can right-click the File Explorer icon, and then click “Pin to Start.”

now the file explorer will appear in the pinned tile section of the start menu; just click it to launch.

From the Power User Menu

you can also open file explorer from the power user menu. to access the file explorer, press windows+X or right-click the start button, and then click “file explorer”.

Open File Explorer using Cortana

If your PC has a microphone, you can ask cortana to open file explorer. to do so, click the cortana icon (the circle) in the taskbar. Click the microphone icon, and then say, “Open file explorer“. Cortana will respond with “I will open file explorer“, and then do so.

Run the Source Application

by default, windows stores file explorer’s EXE file in the “windows” folder on the c: drive. go to the “windows” folder and find “explorer.exe” in the long list, and then double-click on it to open the file explorer.

Open File Explorer Using Task Manager

Task manager is not just for shutting down apps or monitoring processes and performance-you can also launch apps from the windows task manager. to launch the file explorer with this way, press ctrl+Shift+esc to open the Task manager. then, click “File” and select “Run new task“.

the “create new task” window will appear. type “explorer” in the “open“. text box, click on the OK button and finally your file explorer will open successfully.

These are the few methods in which you can open file explorer in different ways.

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