Open File Explorer in Windows 10

In previous versions of Windows, we used the term Windows Explorer for the window where we can browse our files but now, in Windows 10, it’s called File Explorer. Of course, we are talking about the same window through which we can browse files and folders stored on the computer’s hard disk.

Open File Explorer in Windows 10

In the next steps you’ll learn 5 different ways to open a new File Explorer window in Windows 10, simply and quickly without much effort.

Using the taskbar icon

Arguably the easiest and fastest way to open the File Explorer in Windows 10 is pressing the corresponding icon which is pinned on the taskbar.

Open File Explorer in Windows 10

Using the keyboard shortcut Win + E

For keyboard shortcuts enthusiasts, the combination of the Windows and E key (Win + E) will directly open a new window of the File Explorer.

Open File Explorer in Windows 10

Using Start menu’s hidden menu

By right-clicking the Start button you’ll find a hidden menu for quick actions in Windows 10. There you will find the File Explorer option which will open in a new window.

Open File Explorer in Windows 10

Using the Start menu shortcut

Opening the Start menu, you will find the pinned File Explorer shortcut giving you access to its jump lists as well by clicking on the arrow icon.

Open File Explorer in Windows 10

Using Command Prompt or PowerShell

If you have already open a Command Prompt or a PowerShell window and your hands are on the keyboard, simply type the explorer command and press Enter to open the File Explorer window.

Open File Explorer in Windows 10

There are even more ways to open the File Explorer window in Windows 10 but these are the most used methods for the majority of Windows 10 users.

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My name is Dimitris Tonias, IT Pro, G(r)eek, focused on Server, Virtualization, and Cloud technologies.

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