file explorer

File Explorer in Windows 11 helps you get the files you need quickly and easily.

To kiểm tra it out in Windows 11, select it on the taskbar or the Start thực đơn, or press the Windows logo key + E on your keyboard.

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Shows File Explorer, with the right-click thực đơn open for a tệp tin. "Pin vĩ đại Quick access" is highlighted in the thực đơn.

How vĩ đại use File Explorer:

  • To pin a thư mục vĩ đại Quick access, right-click (or press and hold) the thư mục and select Pin vĩ đại Quick access.

  • To share a tệp tin, select it, then select Share on the ribbon.

  • To move the location of a tệp tin or thư mục, select it and then select Cut  on the ribbon. Navigate vĩ đại the new location, then select Paste .

    Note: For files and folders in Quick access, you'll need vĩ đại right-click (or press and hold) and select Open before you can cut and paste.

  • To change how your items appear in File Explorer, select View on the ribbon and choose between showing icons, lists, details, and more.

  • To reduce the space between files, select View > Compact view.

  • To find relevant files from your PC and the cloud, tìm kiếm from File Explorer trang chủ.

    Note: Sign in vĩ đại your cloud account(s) from Start > Settings > Accounts vĩ đại enable cloud tìm kiếm.

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File Explorer has a new, streamlined context thực đơn, making it easier vĩ đại get vĩ đại popular commands. Right-click on a tệp tin vĩ đại access the new context thực đơn. For more info, see Finding items in the File Explorer context thực đơn.

Like many of the finer things in life, File Explorer has gotten better with age. To kiểm tra it out in Windows 10, select its icon on the taskbar or the Start thực đơn, or press the Windows logo key + E on your keyboard.

Shows File Explorer icon in the taskbar

Here are some noteworthy changes for Windows 10:

  • OneDrive is now part of File Explorer. For a quick primer on how it works, kiểm tra out OneDrive on your PC.

  • When File Explorer opens, you'll land in Quick access. Your frequently used folders and recently used files are listed there, sánh you won't have vĩ đại dig through a series of folders vĩ đại find them. Sạc your favorite folders vĩ đại Quick access vĩ đại keep them close at hand. For more info, see Sạc, remove, and customize in Quick access.

    Quick access in File Explorer

  • Now, you can use apps vĩ đại share files and photos right from File Explorer. Select the files you want vĩ đại share, go vĩ đại the Share tab, select the Share button, and then choose an phầm mềm. For more info on sharing options, see Share files in File Explorer.

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If you're coming from Windows 7, here are a couple more differences:

  • My Computer is now called This PC, and it won’t show up on your desktop by mặc định. To find out how vĩ đại add This PC vĩ đại your desktop or the Start thực đơn, see My Computer is now This PC.

  • Libraries won’t show up in File Explorer unless you want them vĩ đại. To add them vĩ đại the left pane, select the View tab > Navigation pane > Show libraries.