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Know these 19 Tips File Explorer for Windows 10 and Be a Smart User!

File Explorer for Windows 10 (formerly Windows Explorer) is a file manager application that you must use every time you use your computer. Starting from searching, opening, copying/pasting, and deleting files, you can do everything there. With 19 Tips File Explorer in Windows 10, you become more efficient and smarter in managing your files!

In this article, you will find interesting tips about File Explorer that you should try. Besides being able to help you organize files, it will also save you time. Go ahead, here are the tips.


1. Using Quick Access to view the last accessed files/folders

Quick Access is a new feature in File Explorer for Windows 10. With Quick Access, you can view your most frequently opened folders and also view recently accessed files. For example, yesterday you were editing document A. If you want to edit it again today, you can open Quick Access and the document will appear later.

You can access it by clicking “Quick Access” which is usually located in the top-left panel. Automatically, you can see the most frequently accessed folders along with the last files you accessed.

 

2. Pin Your Favorite Folder

In addition to the features described above, Quick Access also allows you to pin (pin) folders in Quick Access File Explorer for Windows 10. The folder will continue to be visible, making it easy to access.

You just right-click on any folder, then click "Pin to Quick access".

In the red box in the image above is the pinned folder. If you want to remove it from Quick Access, just right click it again and click “Unpin from Quick Access”.


3. Using Jump List to access last accessed folder and pin favorite folder

Apart from the 2 tips above, you can also do it in the Jump List, which is a feature introduced from Windows 7. Then, how to access the Jump List.

The Jump List will appear when you right-click on the File Explorer icon on the Taskbar as shown above. The last accessed folder, along with the folders you pinned/pinned in Quick Access, will appear there.


4. Selecting a file/folder with a checkbox/checkmark

By default, you must click the CTRL or SHIFT key to select 2 or more files/folders. Starting from Windows 8, Microsoft introduced checkboxes in File Explorer for Windows 10, so you can put checkmarks to select files/folders.

To do this, click “View” on the File Explorer tab at the top and put a check mark on the “item check boxes” in the “Show/hide” column as shown above. Later, each file/folder is given a special column so you can choose using a checkbox.


5. Selecting a file/folder other than the one selected (Invert Selection)

I'm actually confused about how to explain this one tip. However, I will provide a case study. For example, you have many files/folders in one place. However, there are 1 or 2 folders that you don't want to select. With the “Invert Selection” feature, you can do just that.

First, you simply select the files/folders you want to exclude as shown above (in this case, I chose 2 folders). Then on the Home tab, just click "Invert selection" in the Select column.

As you can see, the 2 folders I just selected were not selected and the ones selected were the exceptions to those 2 folders.


6. Use Address Bar for folder navigation

The Address Bar is a long column that shows the location of the folder you are currently accessing. In addition to telling you this information, it turns out that the Address Bar can do other things.

If you click on the “>” sign, you will see a list of directories in that folder. An example is as in the image above.

Another tip that you can do with the Address Bar is if you click on an empty space in the Address Bar, then you will get the full address to the file/folder.


7. Find out the location of the file/folder with the secret menu on the right click

In the previous tips, you can copy the directory address by accessing the Address Bar. This tip is the same as that, but the address given includes the file name.

All you need to do is press and hold the SHIFT key + Right click to open the Context menu. Notice that there is a new menu there, namely “Copy as path” as shown above. If you paste, then the result is the complete address along with the file name, as below.

C:\Users\Achmed\Google Drive\Wordpress\2016-06-22 06_07_38-.jpg


8. Share files with friends

With File Explorer for Windows 10, now you can easily share files directly using Apps installed via the Windows Store. For example, you install Facebook, Twitter, or other applications via the Windows Store.

All you need to do is just select the files you want to share. Then click the “Share” tab and click Share.

Then, just choose the media you want to share with and follow the instructions given. Very easy isn't it?


9. Do a search using Filter

The search box from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has richer features than previous versions of Windows. However, the filter does not appear in Windows 7 and can only be used if you type it manually. In Windows 10, those filters are available for you to access.

Just click the search field in File Explorer for Windows 10. Then, there will be a new tab called “Search”. There, you can do many things, including using filters based on certain criteria.

As shown above, you can use “Size” to search for files based on their file size. You can also perform other filters such as by file type when it was last modified, and more.


10. Bring up the Library

Libraries were first introduced in Windows 7. This feature allows you to access similar files in one place, even though in reality you put them in various places. As the name implies, this feature is like a 'library' where there are various kinds of shelves that contain certain themes.

By default, Libraries are hidden in File Explorer for Windows 10 for unknown reasons. But don't worry, you can bring it back easily.

Open the Start menu and type “file explorer option” and hit enter. Click the “View” tab and look at the “Advanced settings” section. Scroll down until you find the “Navigation pane”. Put a check mark on "Show libraries".

11. Adding a Library

By default, File Explorer for Windows 10 only creates 4 libraries, namely Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos. If you look at the previous tips, I have 8 libraries. Of course, you can add them too.

Right-click on an empty space in Library > New > Library to create a new Library. Then, name your new Library. In this example, I named it “Xamarin Project”.

If you click on the new library, it will look like above. First of all, you have to find a folder to display in the new Library. To get started, just click “Include a folder”.

Please find the folder you want to add as above. If so, click "Include folder".

Then your folder will be displayed in the Library. To use this library feature to its full potential, please add another folder there. So, you can access 2 or more folders in the same place.


12. Add file/folder access via Taskbar

In order to be able to access files/folders, you don't need to go through File Explorer for Windows 10. You can also do it on the Taskbar, so access is much faster and time-saving.

To do so, right-click on Taskbar > Toolbars > New toolbar. Then, please select which drive or folder to display. If so, just click "Select folder".

In the picture above, the “Desktop” folder is placed on the Taskbar. So, all the data in File Explorer will appear there. I do not recommend you to put the folder there. Please put the folders that you access frequently.


13. Using the Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar provides easy access to some of the commands you use frequently. This toolbar is located in the Title Bar on the left of File Explorer for Windows 10.

You can set any command that appears in the manner above. Just put a checkmark on the command you want to display. Then, you can access the command at any time.


14. Preview file before opening with Preview Pane

To view the contents of a file, you usually have to double-click the file to open and view it. Actually, you don't need it if you just want to be sure of its contents.

To do so, go to the “View” tab > Preview pane. Later, you can see the content on the right side of your screen as shown above. Keep in mind that not all file types can be viewed this way. You need an app that supports Preview pane to do this.


15. Burning Files/Folders to CD/DVD/Blu-Ray in File Explorer

Actually these tips you can do even in Windows Explorer on Windows XP! However, a lot of people install additional applications just to burn to a disc. Of course, you don't need that.

The process is very easy. Please select the file/folder you want to burn. Then, just click the “Share” tab > Burn to disc”. Then, follow the instructions given. It's easy and you don't need any additional apps to do it.


17. Open a website with File Explorer for Windows 10

Do you believe that File Explorer can open your favorite sites? Yes, it can be done. However, your site will still appear in the browser, it's just that you can type the site address in File Explorer.

Just click the Address Bar in File Explorer and type the site you want to visit. Then File Explorer will call your default browser and open the site.


EXTRA TIPS: Besides being able to open sites, you can also open several utilities from Windows 10. For example, you can open dxdiag.exe, msconfig, gpedit, regedit, and others.

Using Current View to view information and sort it

There are 8 ways to view files/folders in File Explorer. Everything you can access in the tab "View"> Layout. But for this time, we will use the Details layout. This view will display the file/folder along with brief information, such as when it was created, the file type, and other information.

In the example above, the file/folder you see is the Details layout. There are 4 available columns, namely Name, Date Modified (Date modified), type (file type), and size (size). By default, File Explorer will sort them by name, in order from A-Z. Of course, you can change it easily. Just click on the column to sort.

Alternatively, you can go to Current View > Sort by, and select the sorting format as shown above. You can also add extra columns by clicking “Choose columns…”.


18. Change the directory that appears when File Explorer is opened

By default, File Explorer for Windows 10 always opens the Quick Access directory when opening File Explorer. If you don't want it that way, you can change it easily.

Go to Start and type “file explorer options” and hit enter. Then, just change it according to your wishes in the "Open File Explorer to" section as shown above.


19. Compress data to save data space

All computers have limited storage space. If your hard disk is no longer enough to accommodate data, you can compress it easily directly from File Explorer.

Right-click the drive or partition you want to compress, then click "Properties". Put a check mark on "Compress this drive to save disk space". Just click OK to get started.

If you only want to compress the folder, just open the "Properties" of the folder. Then, click “Advanced…” and put a check mark on “Compress contents to save disk space”. Don't forget to click OK to get started.


20. Hiding the Ribbon Menu in File Explorer for Windows 10

The Ribbon Menu was first introduced in Microsoft Office 2007. If you are an Office 2003 user and upgraded to Office 2007, 2010, 2013, or 2016, surely you will be surprised by the drastically changed appearance. The menu looks wider and bigger. Yes, this display is very suitable for use on touch screen devices.

However, a menu display like this does take up a lot of space if the screen you are using is a small screen. And if your computer doesn't have a touch screen, hiding the Ribbon Menu is the best solution.

You can do this easily in File Explorer for Windows 10. The first way you can see in the letter A as shown above. Just double click on any menu tab. The second way you can see in the letter B. Just click the icon to hide the Ribbon menu.

After you do these tips, the Ribbon Menu is not visible. You can still access it by clicking on the available tabs.

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