Windows 10: Get Win10 File Explorer to open in last used folder

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  1.    07 Dec 2015 #11

    dalchina said: View Post
    XYplorer behaves like that by default. Very configurable, optionally dual pane, tabbed. Not free, but given away usually at least annually.

    Qttabbar (Quizo's) adds recent folders (and much much more to explorer), so in two clicks from launching explorer you could be back where you were. Not quite what you want, I know.

    (It also lets you colour most of explorer's background (and hence also some of the control panel) which makes it a whole lot easier on the eyes).

    Freeware, used by some here, no obvious bugs.
    The bit about customising the colours is very good news, as I do have a lot of problems with my eyes and over-bright screens.

    And 2 clicks is better than not being able to get back at all. I'll look into that one, thanks.
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  2.    07 Dec 2015 #12

    Edwin said: View Post
    The closest you can get is "Restore previous folder windows at logon" in Folder Options.
    If you're still in session, why not just minimize the window?
    Throughtout the day when I'm working on the PC I do try and keep Explorer open, minimised or full, but if windows10 crashes again, I'm back to having to navigate back to where I was. ditto when switching on in the morning.
    Maybe one of the 3rd party explorers will do what I want - or close to it.
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  3.    07 Dec 2015 #13

    FranOnTheEdge said: View Post
    The bit about customising the colours is very good news, as I do have a lot of problems with my eyes and over-bright screens.

    And 2 clicks is better than not being able to get back at all. I'll look into that one, thanks.
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    You can use whatever colours you want and colour different regions differently if you wish. I quite like grey (inactive) and a pale yellow.
    On the left is explorer, on the right, XYplorer (which has its own colour settings) with two panes open.
    (The semi-opaque titlebar is from Aeroglass).

    Edwin and Cliff S in Customisation have a different approach using high contrast themes.. have a look.

    In Explorer you'll note two horizontal regions.. Qttabbar's tabs, and another one below which I don't normally have shown. The two clocks are recent folders (tabs) and recent files - these appear in drop downs from those.

    Or you can get the same from options shown by rt clicking in the tab bar, so the second bar doesn't have to be visible.
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  4.    07 Dec 2015 #14

    FranOnTheEdge said: View Post
    Throughtout the day when I'm working on the PC I do try and keep Explorer open, minimised or full, but if windows10 crashes again, I'm back to having to navigate back to where I was. ditto when switching on in the morning.
    Maybe one of the 3rd party explorers will do what I want - or close to it.
    XYplorer certainly does.
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       07 Dec 2015 #15

    dalchina said: View Post
    XYplorer behaves like that by default. Very configurable, optionally dual pane, tabbed. Not free, but given away usually at least annually.
    For the record, XYplorer has a free version, a bit limited, but noting serious, I use it just fine.
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       07 Dec 2015 #16

    Where do I find the free version?

    Found it: XYplorer - XYplorerFree
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  7.    14 Feb 2018 #17

    FranOnTheEdge said: View Post
    How do I get File Explorer to open in the last used folder? NOT quick access, just in the normal list of directories. (file folders)
    I hate 'quick access', it slows everything down so much and makes all other folders invisible - I just want the normal file list visible and file explorer to open in the same folder as I was using before, in that list.

    Is this at all possible?
    NO, it is NOT possible no matter what you do. It's a pig of a program, and will stupidly refuse to remember what file you last had opened.

    I have PowerDesk 5.0.1.2, but that's only because I was able to copy it from one version of Windows to the next, and it somehow worked. The new version isn't free and I haven't tried it.

    HOWEVER, there is a FREE file manager that does remember what folder you were in, and you can even split the screen horizontally or vertically, which is great for copying or moving files (eg, from your computer to a thumb drive or vice versa). It's called FreeCommander XE and you can download it at: Downloads - the File Name is: FreeCommanderXE-32-public_setup.zip

    Don't take my word for it: scan the file for viruses before you unzip it. Mine works fine, although it's only 32-bit.

    The sad thing about this post is that probably no one will ever read it, and will go one suffering with Windows File Explorer, or whatever they're calling it this week.
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  •    14 Feb 2018 #18

    Mathers said: View Post
    NO, it is NOT possible no matter what you do. It's a pig of a program, and will stupidly refuse to remember what file you last had opened.

    I have PowerDesk 5.0.1.2, but that's only because I was able to copy it from one version of Windows to the next, and it somehow worked. The new version isn't free and I haven't tried it.

    HOWEVER, there is a FREE file manager that does remember what folder you were in, and you can even split the screen horizontally or vertically, which is great for copying or moving files (eg, from your computer to a thumb drive or vice versa). It's called FreeCommander XE and you can download it at: Downloads - the File Name is: FreeCommanderXE-32-public_setup.zip

    Don't take my word for it: scan the file for viruses before you unzip it. Mine works fine, although it's only 32-bit.

    The sad thing about this post is that probably no one will ever read it, and will go one suffering with Windows File Explorer, or whatever they're calling it this week.
    I have been using XYplorer for years and it is a great program and the paid version is not that High for a Program with a lifetime license.
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       15 Feb 2018 #19

    CallMeSteven said: View Post
    The way I do it is to put File Explorer onto the task bar and pin the folder I want and then right click and 'Open' it. But unsure how toachieve what you want. I wonder if their is a 'history' somewhere like a browser?
    With File Explorer pinned to the taskbar, Right-clicking on it will show a 'Recent' list of folders, provided you have turned on 'Show "Frequently used folders" in Quick Access'. You can click on one to open File Explorer at that folder. You can right-click on one to 'pin it to this list'.

    Add or Remove Frequent folders from Quick access in Windows 10
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  •    15 Feb 2018 #20

    Josey Wales said: View Post
    I have been using XYplorer for years and it is a great program and the paid version is not that High for a Program with a lifetime license.
    I downloaded the free version and it works pretty well - split screen and easy to use. I'll keep it handy - thanks.
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