File Explorer is one of the most used apps in Windows 10, just like Windows Explorer is one of the most used tools in Windows 7. Whether you need to copy or move files or delete some, there is always one thing that you have to do first, and that is to open the File Explorer or the Windows Explorer. We thought it would be an excellent idea to write this roundup article, showing all the ways in which you can open File Explorer in Windows 10 and how to open Windows Explorer in Windows 7. They involve everything from search to keyboard shortcuts, to using speech, and so on. Let\u2019s get started:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNOTE: This guide covers Windows 10 and Windows 7. If you don\u2019t know the Windows version you have, read this tutorial: What version of Windows do I have installed? (5 methods).\r\n1. Open (Windows) File Explorer by pressing Win + E on your keyboard\r\nThe keyboard offers fast shortcuts for launching all kinds of things, including File Explorer and Windows Explorer. Press the Win + E keys on your keyboard, and watch File Explorer or Windows Explorer immediately start.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen (Windows) File Explorer by pressing Win + E on your keyboard\r\n2. Use the File Explorer shortcut (or Windows Explorer shortcut) on the taskbar\r\nBy default, Windows 10 includes a File Explorer shortcut on the taskbar. The icon looks like a folder. Click or tap on it, and File Explorer is opened.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nUse the File Explorer shortcut on the taskbar\r\n\r\nSimilarly, Windows 7 includes a Windows Explorer shortcut on its taskbar. The icon looks a bit different from the one in Windows 10, but it also depicts a folder.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nUse the Windows Explorer shortcut on the taskbar\r\n3. How to open File Explorer (or Windows Explorer) using search\r\nOn Windows 10\\'s desktop, use the search box found near the Start button on the taskbar and, inside it, write the words \u201cfile explorer.\u201d When the search results are loaded, press Enter or click or tap on the File Explorer result.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to open File Explorer in Windows 10 using search\r\n\r\nIn Windows 7, open the Start Menu and type the words \u201cwindows explorer\u201d in its search box.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThen, click on the Windows Explorer shortcut.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to open Windows Explorer in Windows 7 using search\r\n4. Open File Explorer in Windows 10 using Cortana\r\nIn Windows 10, you can also ask Cortana to open File Explorer. On the right side of the search box from your taskbar, click or tap on Cortana\u2019s button. Then, either type \u201copen File Explorer\u201d or push the microphone button and use your voice to say the \u201cOpen File Explorer!\u201d command to Cortana.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen File Explorer in Windows 10 using Cortana\r\n5. How to open File Explorer in Windows 10 using its shortcut from the WinX menu\r\nIf you use Windows 10, press Windows + X on the keyboard to open the WinX menu. You can also right-click on the Start button to get the same result.\u00a0This menu also includes a shortcut for File Explorer. Click or tap on it, and File Explorer opens immediately.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to open File Explorer in Windows 10 using its shortcut from the WinX menu\r\n6. How to open File Explorer or Windows Explorer using their shortcuts from the Start Menu\r\nIn Windows 10, open the Start Menu and scroll the list with all the apps until you reach the folder called \u201cWindows System.\u201d Open it, and you should find a shortcut for File Explorer inside.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to open File Explorer using its shortcuts from the Start Menu\r\n\r\nIn Windows 7, open the Start Menu and enter the Accessories folder. You should find a shortcut for Windows Explorer.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to open Windows Explorer using its shortcut from the Start Menu\r\n7. Open File Explorer using its button from Windows 10\u2019s Start Menu\r\nAnother way to open File Explorer in Windows 10 is to add a button for it in the Start Menu. You can easily do it by opening Settings, navigating to \u201cPersonalization -> Start -> Choose which folders appear on Start,\u201d and then turning on the File Explorer switch.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEnable File Explorer in Settings -> Personalization -> Start -> Choose which folders appear on Start\r\n\r\nThen, Windows 10 shows a new button for File Explorer on the left side of the Start Menu.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to open File Explorer in Windows 10 using its button from the Start Menu\r\n\r\nClick or tap on it to open File Explorer.\r\n8. How to create a File Explorer shortcut to open it from anywhere\r\nYou can always make a shortcut to File Explorer. If you\u2019re using Windows 10, an easy way to do it is to drag and drop the File Explorer shortcut from the Start Menu onto your desktop or in any other folder you prefer.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nFile Explorer shortcut pinned to the desktop of Windows 10\r\n\r\nAnother one is to create a File Explorer shortcut or Windows Explorer shortcut manually. Just make sure to enter explorer as the shortcut\u2019s \u201c[...] location of the item\u201d.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCreate (Windows) File Explorer shortcut\r\n\r\nNOTE: If you need help creating shortcuts, read how to Create shortcuts for apps, files, folders, and web pages in Windows 10. Although this tutorial is written for Windows 10, the first sections from it also apply to Windows 7.\r\n\r\n\r\n9. Open (Windows) File Explorer using Command Prompt or PowerShell\r\nIf you are working with Command Prompt or PowerShell, you can type the command explorer and press Enter. This immediately launches File Explorer in Windows 10 or Windows Explorer in Windows 7.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen (Windows) File Explorer using Command Prompt or PowerShell\r\n10. How to open File Explorer or Windows Explorer using Task Manager\r\nAnother way of opening File Explorer or Windows Explorer is to use the Task Manager. Launch Task Manager: a quick way to do it is to press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on your keyboard. If you are using Windows 10 and the Task Manager opens up in its compact view mode, click or tap on \u201cMore details.\u201d Then, open the File menu and click or tap on \u201cRun new task.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRun new task in Task Manager\r\n\r\nIn the \u201cCreate new task\u201d window, type explorer and press Enter or OK.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to open File Explorer or Windows Explorer using Task Manager\r\n11. Open File Explorer or Windows Explorer from the Run window\r\n The final method we know of for opening File Explorer is to use the good old Run window. Launch Run (a quick way to do that is to press the Win + R keys on your keyboard) and enter the word explorer in it. Then click or tap on OK, or press Enter on your keyboard.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nOpen File Explorer or Windows Explorer from the Run window\r\n12. Where is File Explorer in Windows 10 (and Windows 7)? Open it by running explorer.exe\r\nBoth Windows 10 and Windows 7 store the executable file for File Explorer in the standard Windows folder. As a result, although it\u2019s kind of redundant, you can also navigate to your Windows folder and then double-click on the explorer.exe file to open File Explorer or Windows Explorer.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhere is File Explorer in Windows 10 (and 7)? Open it by running explorer.exe\r\nHow do you open (Windows) File Explorer?\r\nThese are all the methods we know for starting File Explorer in Windows 10 and Windows Explorer in Windows 7. If you know others, don\u2019t hesitate to share them in the comments section below, and we will update this article as soon as possible.