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Set File Explorer To Always Open To 'This PC'

In terms of the Windows 10 operating system, when you execute File Explorer (formerly known as Windows Explorer), by default It opens to the Quick access menu, whereby you can view your frequently used folders and most recently accessed files. However, some users prefer to navigate directly to their devices and drives that're located In 'This PC'. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to set File Explorer to always open to This PC.

Before I make a start, here's what I'm referring to. Upon opening File Explorer, the Quick access window will be displayed as per the Image below.

It's all well and good If you commonly utilize your frequent folders and recent files, but If you're anything like myself whereby you'd rather have your devices, drives and network locations available Instead of the above, then this tutorial Is for you.

The process to do this, Is extremely simple, yet unbeknownst to many computational users. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.

Step One:

The first thing you need to do, Is access File Explorer. Open the Search bar, enter file explorer and click on the search result at the top as shown below.

Step Two:

Next, simply click on the View tab, and then select Options.

Step Three:

Just beneath the General tab, you will see Open File Explorer to, so select This PC via the drop-down menu.

Step Four:

If your configuration looks similar to mine, hit Apply and OK to finalize the process. From this point forward, File Explorer will always open In This PC when Initially executed. Let's test It In the next couple of steps.

Step Five:

I'll now access File Explorer, by opening the Search bar, entering file explorer, and hitting the very same name In the search result at the top.

Last Step:

As you can see, File Explorer has navigated directly to This PC, hence my Devices and drives are readily available.

Final Thoughts:

Although It's not such a big deal to simply click on This PC every time File Explorer Is accessed, If you're continually navigating to It on a daily basis, the above Implementation significantly helps to minimize your workload. It only takes around 20 seconds to apply and the same to reverse the change, so It makes perfect sense to do exactly that.


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