Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 Tip: Configure File Explorer to Open to the This PC View

Posted on January 24, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 0 Comments

By default, the Windows 10 File Explorer opens to the new Quick Access view—previously called Home—instead of the This PC view that many would prefer. But here’s some good news: you can configure it to open to This PC instead. Here’s how.

Backgrounder: In Windows 8.1, File Explorer opens to a view called This PC, which was called Computer in Windows 7. But in Windows 10 pre-release builds, File Explorer instead opens to a new view called Quick Access which displays frequently used folders and recently used files.

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Some may like this view and find it useful. But if you’d like to return to using This PC as the default view, you can. In File Explorer, click View and then Options.

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This will display the Folder Options window. Here, select “This PC” from the Open File Explorer To drop-down at the top of the default General tab.

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Then, click OK to close the window. From now on, File Explorer will open to This PC. Much better.

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