How to Open File Explorer to “This PC”

Windows 10 users may have noticed that by default, File Explorer opens to Quick Access. Quick Access gives you a view of recent and frequently used files and folders. You also have the option to Pin items to Quick Access.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
August 3,2021

Windows 10 users may have noticed that by default, File Explorer opens to Quick Access. Quick Access gives you a view of recent and frequently used files and folders. You also have the option to Pin items to Quick Access.

If you prefer, you can change the default to open to This PC instead. This PC option shows your drives, network locations, and user folders like Documents, Desktop, and Downloads.

This is for devices running Windows 10

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First, open any File Explorer window. Next, in the menu, click:

File > Options > Change folder and search options

Refer to below image:

This PC 1
Accessing the Change folder option

Now, in Folder Options, click the General tab. Next, click the menu beside Open File Explorer to. See below image:

This PC 2
Accessing where to open File Explorer

Now, in the menu that appears, select This PC. Next, click OK to close the window. See following image:

This PC 3
Choosing This PC option to open File Explorer

The next time you open File Explorer, you will see This PC as the first location that opens.

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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