File Explorer - Open to 'This PC' or 'Quick access'

    File Explorer - Open to 'This PC' or 'Quick access'

    How to Open File Explorer to 'This PC' or 'Quick access' by Default in Windows 10
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    How to Open File Explorer to 'This PC' or 'Quick access' by Default in Windows 10

    information   Information
    In Windows 10, File Explorer opens to Quick access by default which shows your Frequent folders and Recent files.
    • Frequent folders = Displays up to ten folders that you frequently opened on the system.
    • Recent files = Displays up to twenty files that you most recently opened.

    This PC displays your Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Pictures, and Videos folders in addition to the usual devices and drives (hard drives, optical drives, and removable devices) and network locations.


    This tutorial will show you how to set File Explorer to open to either This PC, Quick access, or Downloads by default for your user account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Set to Open File Explorer to Quick access in File Explorer Options
    • Option Two: Set to Open File Explorer to Quick access using a REG File


    EXAMPLE: File Explorer opened to "This PC" and "Quick access"
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    File Explorer - Open to 'This PC' or 'Quick access' OPTION ONE File Explorer - Open to 'This PC' or 'Quick access'
    Set to Open File Explorer to Quick access in File Explorer Options

    1. Open File Explorer Options.

    2. In the General tab, select Quick access (default) or This PC in the Open File Explorer to drop menu for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    File Explorer - Open to 'This PC' or 'Quick access' OPTION TWO File Explorer - Open to 'This PC' or 'Quick access'
    Set to Open File Explorer to Quick access using a REG File

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below make changes to the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    LaunchTo DWORD

    1 = This PC
    2 = Quick access
    3 = Downloads


    1. Do step 2 (Quick access), step 3 (This PC), or step 4 (Downloads) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Open File Explorer to Quick access

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Open_File_Explorer_to_Quick_access.reg

    download


     3. To Open File Explorer to This PC

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Open_File_Explorer_to_This_PC.reg

    download


     4. To Open File Explorer to Downloads

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Open_File_Explorer_to_Downloads.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    2015-04-25 #1

    Just for info:
    Remove 'Folders' from 'This PC' tweaks work okay in TP Build 10061.

    This PC 'Folders' - Add or Remove in Windows 10
    Last edited by Brink; 2016-01-21 at 22:09. Reason: updated link
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  2. Joined : Apr 2014
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    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       2016-01-21 #2

    Found another method that not only sees any new File Explorer windows open direct to the This PC but also eliminate all clutter seen for folders above drives as well as cleaning things up under Quick Access and the navigation pane all rolls into one simple task.

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    When someone was asking how to find the This PC this method was part of the replies posted which is quite basic to see done as you will notice.
    1) go to the Windows directory and locate the "explorer.exe" file which is for the main Windows shell.
    2) right click and choose the create new shortcut option which is when the prompt seen there will appear indicating the new shortcut can only be made on the desktop since that is in a protected OS system folder.
    3)Once created you simply right click to rename the shortcut to File Explorer, Explorer, or "This PC" as you will arrive at when clicking on it.

    In the past when having accidentally nuked the pre-pinned shortcut for Explorer I saw this done as a replacement. And now in 10 with these two Quick Access, This PC, and additional folders being clutter in the drive pane this was a fast solution. In previous versions this would have appeared as the My Computer or Computer icon you would have seen on the default desktop or pinned as the WE in 7. And if you have need for multiples you can easily see the new shortcut dragged into a new Quick Launch type toolbar added onto the main taskbar as well as being pinned.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 


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