How To Set The Start Location For File Explorer In Windows 10

In Windows 8.1 the default folder for File Explorer is set to This PC. In Windows 10 File Explorer now opens, by default, in the brand new Quick access view. The Quick access view is similar to the Favorites from the previous versions and shows you your frequently accessed folders, recent files you used and all the folders you pinned to it. Fortunately, in Windows 10 you can easily set File Explorer to either start in Quick access or in This PC. In this tutorial, we'll show the steps you need to take in order do that, so let's start:

How To Set The Default Start Location For File Explorer

The first step is to open File Explorer and go to the View tab from the ribbon menu. In the View tab, find and click or tap Options. You'll find it listed on the far right side of the tab. This action will open the Folder Options window.

In the Folder Options window go to the General tab and find the drop-down box labelled Open File Explorer to. To change the way File Explorer starts, from the drop-down menu, select one of the two options available: Quick access or This PC.

Once you've made your choice, click or tap Apply to save the changes and then OK to close the window. From now on This PC is set as the default option to open at startup for File Explorer.


Windows 10's File Explorer offers an easy way of changing its start location. By following a few simple steps you can make it start either with the Quick access view or in This PC. Do you like this small yet very useful improvement? For any kind of feedback, don't hesitate to use the comments form below.