How to Open File Explorer on “This PC” Instead of “Quick Access”
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Windows 10 brought a lot of changes to the operating system, including new taskbar customizations, a brand new Start Menu design, and an updated File Explorer. That last one might be causing you a bit of trouble.

Microsoft added a new feature called Quick Access in Windows 10, which is actually pretty good considering all of the benefits it brings. However, a lot of users don’t like that File Explorer opens on the Quick Access page.

If you’re like me, you prefer File Explorer to open on the This PC page (which is the new name for what used to be called My Computer). Fortunately, you can change it so that This PC is your home page — and the process is really simple.


Here are the steps you need to take:

  • Open File Explorer (use the Windows key + E shortcut).
  • In the File menu, select Change folder and search options.
  • Under the General tab, look for “Open File Explorer to” and change it from Quick Access to This PC.
  • Click OK.

That’s it! The next time you launch File Explorer, it will be the This PC page. So easy, so convenient.

How do you like the new File Explorer in Windows 10? Would you rather revert to what it was like in Windows 7 or Windows XP? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Kashif
    October 25, 2016 at 10:31 am

    But I need a simple free GIF editor so I can crop, resize, draw something or add text/logo on a animated GIF.

  2. Henry
    June 14, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    The next step is to allow users to select their own default folder.

    • Joel Lee
      June 19, 2016 at 3:42 am

      Yes, that would be fantastic!

  3. Anonymous
    June 14, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    What? Microsoft is actually *listening* to users? How unusual...

    • Joel Lee
      June 19, 2016 at 3:42 am

      Maybe, maybe not. Wouldn't it be great if they were? :)