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Configure File Explorer to Meet Your Preferences

File Explorer

Wanna customize Windows’ File Explorer to better meet you needs? Windows 10 offers user many choices to configure its settings. For instance, if you want to display all the drives including the empty ones on your PC, you can perform the steps below:

  • Open File Explorer from Start menu, or launch it by pressing Windows + E keys.
  • As the File Explorer opens, click on the ‘View’ tab in the ribbon toolbar, and then click on the ‘Options’ in the upper right corner to open a new window.
  • In the ‘File Explorer Options’ window, Click on the ‘View’ tab.
  • Under the ‘Advanced settings’, uncheck the box that says ‘Hide empty drives’.
  • Click on ‘OK’ to apply the change, and all drives will appear in File Explorer.

To hide them again you can check the box ‘Hide empty drives’ and save the change. From this ‘File Explorer Options’ window you can configure many other options too. By default, Windows will hide file extensions. To show the file extension, uncheck the box that says ‘Hide extensions for known file types’. To show the path to every file, check the box next to ‘Display the full path in the title bar’. To show hidden files and folders, check the box next to ‘Show hidden files, folders, and drives’.

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In Windows 10, the File Explorer opens in the ‘Quick Access’ view, showing users their frequently accessed folder and documents. Some users may prefer to have an overview of their PCs. If you want to change the default view of File Explorer, you can achieve that goal in the ‘File Explorer Options’ panel. For instance, to configure File Explorer to open in the This PC view, you can back to the General tab in the ‘Folder Explorer Options’ window, locate the box labeled ‘Open File Explorer To’, and select ‘This PC’ from the drop-down menu. Then click on OK to save the change.

There are more you can do to configure your File Explorer and we only list some of them. You can configure the offered options in the ‘Folder Explorer Options’ window.



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