File Explorer – Windows Blog by Brink

File Explorer

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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

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.

Read more…

Change Action “When typing into list view” in File Explorer in Windows 11

In Windows, you can change the default action when typing into list view in File Explorer to either Automatically type into the Search Box or Select the typed Item in the view.

Automatically type into the Search Box РWhen you type in File Explorer in list view, it will automatically be typed into the Search Box to give search results from within the currently open folder or drive.

Select the typed Item in the view РThis is the default setting. When you type in File Explorer in list view, it will automatically jump to and select the first file name in sort by order that begins with what you typed in the currently open folder or drive.

This tutorial will you show to change the default action when typing into list view in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Read more…

Expand or Collapse Group in File Explorer in Windows 11

In Windows, you can change the group by view of a folder in File Explorer to have all items in the folder grouped by the name, date, date modified, size, type, total size (build 22494), and more file detail you want, and have all items in the folder arranged in ascending (alphabetical ) or descending order.

When you have a folder’s contents in¬†groups, you can expand (show) or collapse (hide) a group or all groups in the opened folder window.

This tutorial will show you how to expand or collapse groups in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Read more…

Add or Remove Recycle Bin in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from a hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

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

Read more…

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

Windows 7 introduced¬†libraries, which provide users with a single, coherent view of their files even when those files are stored in different locations. Libraries can be configured and organized by a user and a library can contain folders that are found on the user’s computer and also folders that have been shared over a network. Libraries present a simpler view of the underlying storage system because, to the user, the files and folders in a library are displayed in one single location, no matter where they are actually physically stored.

In File Explorer, users interact with libraries in ways similar to how they would interact with other folders. Libraries are built upon the legacy known folders (such as Camera Roll, Documents, Music, Pictures, Saved Pictures, and Videos), and these known folders are automatically included in the default libraries and set as the default save location.

The navigation pane is the far left pane in File Explorer used to find files, folders, and drives on your PC or network.

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

Read more…

Enable or Disable Sync Provider Notifications in File Explorer in Windows 11

Sync provider notifications are designed to help you by providing quick, easy information and suggestions about things you can do or new features you can try to have a better experience with Windows 11.

It has been reported that sync provider notifications started showing up in Windows 11 build 22572.100.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off sync provider notifications in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11.

Read more…