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Introducing the New Windows 10 File Explorer

Microsoft replaced the Windows Explorer with the File Explorer in Windows 10. File Explorer has been noticeably tweaked & modified in Windows 10. Along with the new interface, File Explorer features a lot of new services.

A lot of Windows 10 users are getting confused on how to use these new tools of File Explorer, on the other hand some are not aware of the features of the new File Explore. Well, if you are one of them then you need not to worry as in this article we are going to cover the new features and some other useful functions of File Explorer in Windows 10.


Two Methods to Open the File Explorer

  • First method is by classic start menu and after that just click on File Explorer in right side.
  • The second method is by click on This PC icon on your desktop.

If you successfully opened the File Explorer you will see the latest opened files and folders. When you will select “This PC” on the left list, you can look into your folders and look on all files. “This PC” is the new name of the old one “My computer” if you used to know it. Its also the main and base folder of your computer, you can find anything in your PC here.


Windows 10 File Explorer Features

First things first, let us discuss the main features of the File Explorer in Windows 10. Here are some of the new or changed features of the Windows File Explorer in Windows 10:

Windows 10 File Explorer

Quick Access

Microsoft has introduced the Quick Access area in the left side of the File Explorer in the navigation pane. The Quick Access feature works like a bookmark bark in the program. The Quick Access feature shows both your recently accessed and pinned folders.


Picture Tools

The new File Explorer contains few basic tools which are hidden by default. Open any folder containing photo files and click on an image, a new yellow tab ‘Picture Tools’ will appear. Click on it and you will now be able to use basic photo tools such as Rotate, Slideshow, Set as background and the likes.


File Menu

Windows has moved plenty of functions from File Menu to File Explorer. However, still some of the functions remain. The File menu now lets users open new instances of Command Prompt and Windows Powershell.



File Explorer features a search bar like most internet browsers. When you use the search function in File Explorer, your search will automatically be limited to that specific folder and the folders contained inside that folder.


Windows 10 File Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

There are a lot of Keyboard Shortcuts supported by Windows 10 File Explorer. We aren’t going to list them all but here are some of the major keyboard shortcuts supported by File Explorer:

  • Windows key + E– open a new instance of File Explorer from anywhere in Windows.
  • Alt + P – show/hide the Preview pane.
  • Alt + Shift + P – show/hide Details pane.
  • Alt + left arrow key– go back one folder in history.
  • Alt + up arrow key– go up one folder in folder tree.
  • Ctrl + N – open new File Explorer window.
  • Ctrl + E –activate Search bar.
  • Ctrl + Shift + N– create new folder in the current folder.
  • Ctrl + mouse wheel up or down – increase/ decrease the size of icons and thumbnails.

So, these were some of the major features and changes in the new File Explorer and we are not done yet. Now let us move on to know keyboard shortcuts featured by File Explorer in Windows 10.


F1 Feature is Not Working?

Old users of Windows 7 was used to find help by pressing the F1 key feature, but this feature is not working in Windows 10 anymore. So how to get help in Windows 10 for now if F1 feature is not working?

In these days we use search box from start menu also called Cortana, to find all informations how to properly use the new Windows 10. Actually this approach is even better than old F1 feature. Cortana will look at anything in a second and you will find answers and tips.



We talked about the new features and a few keyboard shortcuts of the new File Explorer in Windows 10. We have covered the major features and keyboard shortcuts introduced by Microsoft in File Explorer.

Well, the new File Explorer can help you quickly access and search for specific tools in the system. This File Explorer is the replacement of Windows Explorer for older system.

We hope that you liked the article and are waiting for more such updates from our side. Well, stay tuned to our blog for more such amazing articles and updates and keep getting help for your windows 10 in future.

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