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Enable or Disable Numerical Sorting in File Explorer in Windows 11

File Explorer sorts file names in numerical order and not literally by default in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

When numerical sorting is enabled, File Explorer will sort file names by increasing number value (for example, 3 < 22 < 111).

When numerical sorting is disabled, File Explorer will sort file names by each digit in a file name (for example, 111 < 22 < 3).

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable numerical sorting in File Explorer for all users in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Clear File Explorer History in Windows 11

Clearing your File Explorer history deletes the information Windows saved about the files and folders you use as well as what you’ve typed in the address bar and Run dialog.

File Explorer history consists of:

  • Recent items in the File Explorer jump list.
  • Quick access folders in File Explorer Home, except default pinned folders.
  • Favorites in File Explorer Home.
  • Recent files in File Explorer Home.
  • File Explorer address bar typed history.
  • Run dialog typed history.

This tutorial will show you how to clear the File Explorer history for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Devices and Printers in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

The Devices and Printers folder shows devices that are connected to a computer, including the document devices.

When you select a device in Devices and Printers, Device Stage shows the details for that device.

When you try to open Devices and Printers from the Control Panel in an Insider build of Windows 11, it will now open to Settings > Bluetooth & devices instead.

If you like, you can add Devices and Printers as its own separate group to the top or bottom of the navigation pane of File Explorer for even easier and faster access.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Devices and Printers in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Menu Bar in File Explorer in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 25136 and build 22621.160, File Explorer has been updated.

To help you work across multiple locations at the same time, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs.

File Explorer also has a new refreshed layout of the left navigation pane which makes it easy for you to navigate to folders that matter to you. The updated organization provides easy access to your pinned and frequently used folders (Quick access) and your OneDrive cloud profiles added to Windows.

Due to a possible bug or by design in the new File Explorer, you can have the old menu bar always show in File Explorer if wanted. When the menu bar is turned off to not always show, you can still open the menu bar using its underline access Alt key shortcuts.

The menu bar includes the File (Alt+F), Edit (Alt+E), View (Alt+V), and Tools (Alt+T) items. The options available for these menu items will vary depending on what is open and selected in File Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off always show menu bar in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove D Drive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

All drives are shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default.

Removable drives are shown as separate groups in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default in addition to being shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane.

You could Pin to Quick access the Windows C: drive to also have it under the Home group in the navigation pane.

If you like, you can add the D: Drive as its own separate group to the top or bottom of the navigation pane of File Explorer for even easier and faster access.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the the Windows D: Drive in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Windows C Drive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

All drives are shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default.

Removable drives are shown as separate groups in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default in addition to being shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane.

You could Pin to Quick access the Windows C: drive to also have it under the Home group in the navigation pane.

If you like, you can add the Windows C: Drive as its own separate group to the top or bottom of the navigation pane of File Explorer for even easier and faster access.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the the Windows C: Drive in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove This PC in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

Windows 11 shows the This PC icon in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default. This makes it easy to browse your Devices and drives and Network locations in one location.

If you prefer not to have This PC show in the navigation pane of File Explorer, you can remove it.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove This PC in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Network in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

Windows 11 shows the Network icon in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default. This makes it easy to browse your local network.

If you prefer not to have Network show in the navigation pane of File Explorer, you can remove it.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Network in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Folders under This PC in File Explorer in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 25136 and build 22621.160 for some, Microsoft is introducing a refreshed layout of the left navigation pane in File Explorer which makes it easy for you to navigate to folders that matter to you.

Known Windows Folders which are available by default in the navigation pane are no longer displayed under This PC to keep that view focused for your PC’s drives.

If you like, you can add the¬†3D Objects,¬†Desktop,¬†Documents,¬†Downloads,¬†Music,¬†Pictures, and/or¬†Videos¬†folder(s) back under “Folders” in This PC.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the 3D Objects, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and/or Videos folder(s) under This PC in File Explorer for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Quick Access in File Explorer Home in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites) displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.

Home in the navigation pane is the default homepage of File Explorer (Win+E) that allows you to quickly access and view your pinned/frequent folders (Quick access), Favorites (pinned files), and Recent files from one location.

  • Quick access¬†(Frequent folders) = Displays up to 11 folders that you¬†pinned¬†or frequently opened on the system.
  • Favorites¬†= Pinned files.
  • Recent¬†(Recent files) = Displays up to 25 files that you most recently opened.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Quick access section in File Explorer Home for all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Open in new tab context menu in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 25136, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs to help you work across multiple locations at the same time.

You can right click on a drive, folder, or library location in File Explorer to see the Open in new tab context menu item.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Open in new tab context menu in File Explorer for all users in Windows 11.

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Enable or Disable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites) displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.

Home in the navigation pane is the default homepage of File Explorer (Win+E) that allows you to quickly access and view your pinned/frequent folders (Quick access), Favorites (pinned files), and Recent files from one location.

Files from Office.com will show in File Explorer Home by default.

If you like, turning off files from Office.com will prevent File Explorer from requesting recent cloud file metadata and displaying it in the the Home (Quick access) view.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing files from Office.com in File Explorer Home for your account or all users in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Frequent Folders in Quick Access in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites) displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.

Home in the navigation pane is the default homepage of File Explorer (Win+E) that allows you to quickly access and view your pinned/frequent folders (Quick access), Favorites (pinned files), and Recent files from one location.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove showing frequent folders (locations) in Quick access in File Explorer Home for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Recent Files in File Explorer Home in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites) displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.

Home in the navigation pane is the default homepage of File Explorer (Win+E) that allows you to quickly access and view your pinned/frequent locations (Quick access), Favorites (pinned files), and Recent files from one location.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove showing Recent files in File Explorer Home for your account in Windows 11.

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Add or Remove Add to Favorites Context Menu in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites) displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.

Home in the navigation pane is the default homepage of File Explorer (Win+E) that allows you to quickly access and view your pinned/frequent locations (Quick access), Favorites (pinned files), and Recent files from one location.

You can use the Add to Favorites context menu to pin files you want to File Explorer Home.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Add to Favorites context menu for all users in Windows 11.

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Add and Remove Favorites in File Explorer Home in Windows 11

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.

Home in the navigation pane is the default homepage of File Explorer (Win+E) that allows you to quickly access and view your pinned locations, Quick access (pinned/frequent folders), Favorites (pinned files), and Recent files from one location.

You can Add to Favorites and Remove from Favorites files you want in File Explorer Home.

This tutorial will show you how to Add to Favorites and Remove from Favorites in File Explorer Home for your account in Windows 11.

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