Open File Explorer to ‘This PC’ rather than ‘Quick Access’ in Windows 10

Windows 10 users will notice that File Explorer (formerly known as Windows Explorer) now opens to “Quick Access” by default rather than to “This PC” (as it did in all previous Windows versions):

file explorer-quick access

To me, it’s 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. However, if you’d prefer the old system of File Explorer opening to This PC in the main panel, here’s how to change it:

Click View (this will open up a new ribbon menu). At far right of the ribbon menu, click Options and select “Change folder and search options”:

file explorer-change default folder

In the “Folder Options” window open the General tab (it should open by default) and at the top you’ll see an “Open File Explorer to” option which will currently be set to “Quick Access”. Use the associated drop down menu to change that setting to “This PC” then close out by clicking Apply then OK:

file explorer-change to This PC

That’s all there is to it. Now, whenever you click on the File Explorer icon, you will find that it opens to “This PC”:

file explorer-This PC


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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.

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