Windows 7 has a file explorer

File Explorer Help on Windows 10

Windows 10 no longer has built-in Help for File Explorer like Windows 7. You can use Microsoft to search for information on the web. Here you can find information on how to use the Windows 10 file manager.

Basics of the file explorer interface

While it has been renamed "File Explorer" on Windows 10, this application is essentially the same as Windows Explorer on Windows 7. It has a few new features, including a ribbon interface and built-in Microsoft OneDrive for syncing your files to the cloud.

The “Quick Access” area in the sidebar is replaced by “Favorites” under Windows 10. You can drag and drop folders into the quick access area in order to “pin” them for easy access later. Windows 10 will also automatically add your recently used folders to this area. You can adjust the quick access in the options window. To remove an individual folder from Quick Access, right-click it and select "Remove from Quick Access".

The “This PC” section replaces the “My Computer” item in Windows 7. It contains shortcuts to user data folders on your PC and to other drives, e.g. B. USB drives and DVD drives.

Using the ribbon

The ribbon in File Explorer works the same as the ribbon in Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel. There are several different ways that you can use it.

If you need more space while browsing files on Windows, you can keep the ribbon closed by default. You can still click any of the tabs above, e.g. For example, click Home, Share, or View to view commands and click a button. The ribbon is only displayed temporarily.

If you'd rather always see the ribbon, you can expand it. To do this, either click on the arrow in the upper right corner of the file explorer window or press Ctrl + F1.

The home toolbar provides basic options for working with files, including copy, paste, delete, rename, new folder, and properties.

Use the Share tab to email, compress, print, burn, disc, and share files on your local network.

The View tab contains options to control how files are displayed in File Explorer and how they are sorted. You can activate a preview or detail area to view more information about a selected file, choose whether you want large file icons or a large file list, and sort files according to any criteria. You can also choose here whether file name extensions or hidden files should be shown or hidden. Simply click the Hidden Items check box to show or hide hidden files without opening the Folder Options window.

The Manage tab is sometimes displayed on the Manage tab ribbon with contextual commands. For example, if you select some pictures, you will see the Picture Tools tab with options to rotate the selected pictures and set them as your desktop background.

How to freeze frequently used commands

The Quick Access Toolbar is displayed in the upper left corner of the File Explorer window in the title bar. It provides convenient access to commands that you use frequently. To add a command to the Quick Access Toolbar, right-click the ribbon and choose Add to Quick Access Toolbar.

If you want more space for commands, you can right-click anywhere on the ribbon or the tab bar above and choose Show Quick Access Toolbar Below Ribbon to make it a standard toolbar .

How to change the File Explorer settings

To change the File Explorer settings, click the View tab in the ribbon, then click the Options icon.

This opens the familiar "Folder Options" dialog box that was also available in Windows 7. There are a few new options: For example, you can control whether File Explorer opens for quick access or the This PC view, or whether recently used and frequently used folders are automatically displayed in the quick access view.

Useful keyboard shortcuts

File Explorer is packed with useful keyboard shortcuts to help you get things done faster. Here is a short list of a few:

  • Windows + E - Open a file explorer window. This works everywhere in Windows 10.
  • Ctrl + N - Open a new file explorer window. This only works in File Explorer.
  • Ctrl + W - Close the current file explorer window.
  • Ctrl + mouse wheel up or down - Change the size of files and folder icons (enlarge or reduce).
  • Ctrl + Shift + N - Create a new folder
  • Backspace or Alt + left arrow - Show previous folder (back)
  • Alt + right arrow - Display the next folder (go forward.)
  • Alt + up arrow - View the folder in which the current folder is located.
  • Ctrl + F, Ctrl + E, or F3 - Focus the search box so you can quickly start typing a search.
  • Ctrl + L, Alt + D, or F4 - Align the address bar so that you can quickly enter a folder address.
  • F11 - Maximize the file explorer window. Press F11 again to shrink the window. This also works in web browsers.

For a full list of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts, see the Microsoft website.

Use of OneDrive

OneDrive is integrated into the Windows file explorer10. It syncs files online with the Microsoft account you use to sign in to Windows 10. It works similarly to Dropbox, Google Drive, and Apple's iCloud Drive.

First click on the option "OneDrive" sidebar of the file explorer. You may be asked to sign in to OneDrive. Otherwise, you can only put files in OneDrive. They are uploaded to Microsoft's servers. You can access it in the OneDrive folder on other PCs that you use to sign in to the same Microsoft account through OneDrive apps on your phone and on the OneDrive website.

The Status field in the OneDrive window shows you the status of each file. A blue cloud icon indicates that the file is stored in OneDrive Online but will automatically download when you open it. A green check mark indicates that the file is saved on both OneDrive and your current PC.

You can change the OneDrive settings via the OneDrive notification icon (system tray). In the notification area at the bottom right of the screen, click the cloud-shaped OneDrive icon. If you don't see it, you'll likely have to click the little up arrow to the left of the icons to find it. Click "More" and then "Settings" to find the various OneDrive settings. There you can control which folders are synchronized, how much upload and download bandwidth OneDrive uses and make other settings.

OneDrive can automatically "protect" files in important folders like Desktop, Pictures, and Documents by syncing them. To do this, click the "Save automatically" tab in the OneDrive settings and then click the "Update folder" button under "Protect your important folders".

If you don't want to see OneDrive, you can turn it off and remove the icon from File Explorer.

Access to network drives

Folders, printers and media servers that are shared on the local network are displayed in the "Network" view. You may have to scroll down the File Explorer sidebar to find it and click on it.

Windows 10 no longer includes the homegroup.You cannot use this feature to easily exchange files and folders between your computers. You can either use OneDrive or the old network options for sharing files and folders.

If you simply need to map a network drive to availability, you can do so in the This PC view. First click on "This PC" in the sidebar. The Computer tab appears on the ribbon. Click on it and select "Map Network Drive". Then follow your IT department's instructions to make the connection.

The mapped drive is displayed in the This PC view under Network Locations.

How to back up and restore your files

Windows 10 includes File History, a file backup, and restore tool. It's not just for creating and restoring large backups. File History can automatically back up different versions of your files. You can easily restore these earlier versions using File Explorer. First, you need to set up File History under Settings> Update & Security> Backup. Turn on "Automatically back up my files".

After you've set it up, you can select a file or folder, click Home on the ribbon, and click the History button to view and restore older versions of that file or folder.

Windows 10's File Explorer is packed with other useful features as well. You can mark each file, use a dark theme or reactivate the "Libraries" function. Microsoft is working on a tabbed interface for File Explorer. However, you can go to the File Explorer tabs today.