Make File Explorer Open to ‘This PC’ in Windows 10


In Windows 10, Microsoft changed File Explorer’s default view from This PC  (formerly My Computer or Computer) to Quick Access. Whenever you open a File Explorer window, you’ll see the Quick Access view, which provides access to frequently used folders and recently used files. *File Explorer was previously named Windows Explorer in earlier Windows versions but was renamed to File Explorer in Windows 8.

Some may find the new Quick Access display handy but others might prefer the more traditional view, similar to older versions of Windows, which displays connected drives and devices. Changing between the two is a very quick and simple process, here’s how:

Make File Explorer open to This PC instead of Quick Access

File Explorer can be opened in several ways but the most common is probably to simply click the folder icon pinned to the Taskbar (or use the Windows + E keyboard shortcut). If you see the following display in File Explorer then it is currently set to Quick Access:

file explorer-quick acccess

To change the default display to This PC, follow these steps:

  • Click View in the menu bar across the top of File Explorer – a new ribbon will appear.
  • In the new ribbon, click Options at far right and then click Change folder and search options.

file explorer-change view option

At the top of the Folder Options window, under the General tab, you’ll see the option Open File Explorer to: Quick Access. Simply open the drop down menu and select (click) This PC:


file explorer-change to this pc

Click Apply then OK. From now on, whenever you open File Explorer you’ll see a list of your user folders plus connected drives and devices:

file explore-this pc view2

Personally, I’m forever accessing flash drives, external drives, and a data partition so, even though This PC is only one click away in Quick Access mode, I much prefer File Explorer opening directly to This PC. Of course, YMMV.

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Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

5 Comments

  1. Thanks for this info Jim, just wondering if the 6 folders that are visible in the PC view can be changed to individual preference. For example I never access Videos through a generic video folder. Could I replace the Video Folder with a personal folder that is regularly used
    Thanks in Advance

  2. – Right-click on your ‘Videos’ folder and select properties
    – In the properties window, click on the ‘Location’ tab
    – On the ‘Location’ tab, click on the ‘Move’ button
    – Navigate to the folder location you want to use instead and click the ‘Select Folder button
    – Once returned back to the location tab, click ‘Apply’

    An ‘alert window’ will appear on your screen asking you: “Do you want to move all of the files from the old location to the new location?’ It will show the address of the old and new locations and recommend that your move all of the files so that all programs needing to access the folder’s content can do so. Select ‘yes’ and it will begin moving your content.