Tips and Tricks for Windows 10 File Explorer to get the most out of it.

The previously known Windows Explorer got a new name as File Explorer with the release of Windows 8. But, the recent version, associated with Windows 10 has got a lot more functionality than ever before.

Explorer is the only place which comes to your mind when you want to find, manage and explore your files. So, here we bring you the best tips and tricks which can make it work for you even better.

List of some handy keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts make everything better! Till now the handiest keyboard shortcut is Windows key + E, It opens a new File Explorer window (if you’ve ever tried to move or copy files between two folders, you know why this shortcut holds such a great significance).

Here are a few useful keyboard shortcuts you can use inside File Explorer:

Ctrl + N: Open a new File Explorer window with the same folder.

Alt + Up: Go up one folder level.

Alt + Right/Left:Go forward/back.

Alt + Enter: Open the Properties window of a selected file or folder.

Ctrl + Shift + N: Create a new folder.

Alt + P: Show/hide the Preview pane.

Alt + Shift + P: Show/hide the Details pane.

Ctrl + D: Selects the address bar.

Ctrl + F: Selects the search box.

1] Instant sharing of files with Windows 10 app

Well, there is a feature of native sharing in Windows 10. You can now easily share single or multiple files with apps like Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, Fresh paint, OneNote and so on.

  • Open file explorer in your Windows 10.
  • Select the files you want, right-click, and click on share.
  • You will see a Share menu consisting of a list of frequently contacted people, and the apps supporting this feature.
  • now, just select the app or the contact with whom you want to share, this will open the app and all the files that are attached to it.

If you are not able to find the app you are looking for on the menu, go to the store and download the app. If it is not visible after your download then the app is not supporting this feature.

2] There are many apps available for your file

The store consists of lot many apps that are capable of doing more things and performing better than the apps which are pre-installed on the Windows 10.

For example, if you are looking for a better substitute for notepad then, you just need to follow this steps.

  • Right-click on the file.
  • Move your cursor to open with and then click on “Search the Store”.

This will search the Microsoft Store and show you the matching results. so, you just have to choose the app by considering its description and rating.

3]Open This PC by default

Gone are the days when we used to click on the file explorer then “My PC” revealing the list of connected devices. So, those days remain in the past, now you can see “Quick Access” section which reveals your frequently used files and other shortcuts. Here is how you can do it yourself.

  • Open File Explorer,  go to “Quick Access” icon on the left panel, right-click. Click on the options.

  • You will see “Folder Options” Window.
  •  Look around for “Open explorer to”, Present in the General tab.
  • Click on “This PC”.
  • Save it, and exit.

By doing so, Windows Explorer will open “This PC”, showing all the connected devices, folders.

4] Recent Files History can be deleted

If your PC is accessed by many other people then it is a good practice if you remove all the visited files. It will be even better if you create a separate user side for yourself, and for others, you can create a guest side. If somehow it is not possible then you need to be careful with entities accessing the data from your account.

  • Open Folder Option by following the steps mentioned here.
  • Search for the “Privacy” section.
  • You will see two options, well you just have to uncheck both the options.

This will assure that nothing will get stored and no one will be able to see it. On clicking clear button, File Explorer history will get deleted.

5] Multiple files can be renamed now, with the names you want

If you are a long time Windows user then you must be familiar with the scenario of renaming multiple files. Windows just take the name of the file you choose which is followed by increasing orders of numbers in the suffix. As seen in the picture below.

Now, you don’t have to use the rename menu or press F2 for every file to give a different name to different files and folders. That’s possible and here is how you do it.

  • Select the first file, press F2 or right-click, Rename it.
  • Once you are sure with the name, press TAB.
  • You will see that the next file is in “Rename Mode” and here you can enter the name of your choice.
  • Keep pressing TAB till you are done. In case you want to skip few files in between, just press Tab to skip.

6] You can choose to see Recycle Bin in the sidebar

Windows 10 hides a bunch of folders including Recycle Bin from the Windows Explorer Navigation bar on the left. While you may argue that pressing delete is better than drag, and drop, but many might prefer drag, and drop files to be available right away. Apart from this, it also helps to quickly access the recycle bin in case you want to restore some of the deleted files.

  • Right-click anywhere on an empty place on the Navigation bar panel.
  • This will open a list of options including “Show All Folders.”
  • Select it, and it will display Recycle Bin along with a bunch of other folders.

The only issue is that it also reveals a bunch of folders which you might not like. So if you want to hide, just retrace the option in a similar way.

7] Allow you to disable adverts in Windows Explorer

Microsoft promotes its own apps to Windows consumer, and along with Start menu, and Notification panel, the advertisement appears in File Explorer as well. Even though the intentions are good, these are distracting when you are occupied with work. Luckily, these ads can be disabled.

  • Open the Folder Options, then switch to View Tab.
  • Under Advanced Settings, scroll down to look for a checkbox which says “Show Sync Provider Notifications.”
  • Uncheck it. Then click ok, and all those advertisements will be gone.

8] Hack to create new file types

n previous versions of Windows, there used to be an option which allows you to quickly create a file type including image files, a notepad, and so on. It used to come super handy when I had to quickly note something. You might have a different use case, but you get the idea. Windows 10 doesn’t have this option,  but you can easily add new files in new item present in the context menu with a registry modification.

Caution: Only for those who have an understanding of registry, as it is risky.

  • Open a Notepad and paste the following:
    • Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    • [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.XXX\ShellNew] “NullFile”=” ”
  • Replace the “.XXX’ with any desired file type such as .png, .docx, etc.
  • Now save the file as “ADD PNG.reg”. You will be asked to confirm your action.
  • Once done, double-click on this reg file, and it will add the extension under “new.”

As soon as you have added the needed file types, you will get to see something as shown below.

As you can see there has been quite a lot of change seen after Windows 10 Anniversary update. Also, File Explorer has been updated so well that it has integrated with the OS very well. This is giving the users an experience similar to the mobile, thus getting fit into the current generation quite well.





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