File Explorer

How to Reset Navigation Pane Expanded State in Windows 10 File Explorer

You can use the navigation pane in File Explorer to browse locations such as Quick access, OneDrive, Libraries, This PC, Network, and Homegroup. You can also move or copy items directly to a destination in the navigation pane.

As you open folders in the right pane of File Explorer, the navigation pane will not automatically expand to the current open folder by default.

When you expand open a folder in the navigation pane of File Explorer, this expanded state setting is saved to the registry. The next time you open File Explore, you will automatically see the last navigation pane expanded state.

While you can manually set the navigation pane expanded state to how you want, you could also reset it back to default as wanted or needed.

This tutorial will show you how to reset the navigation pane expanded state in File Explorer to default for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Copy Path in File Explorer in Windows 10

Copy path or Copy as path will copy the full path of selected items (files and folders) wrapped in quotes to the Clipboard so you can paste the full path(s) of the item(s) where you like.

Copy address or Copy address as text will copy the full path of selected items (files and folders) without quotes to the Clipboard so you can paste the full path(s) of the item(s) where you like.

This tutorial will show you how to copy the full path of files and folders in File Explorer to paste where you like in Windows 10.

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How to Show Full Path in Address Bar of File Explorer in Windows 10

File Explorer shows breadcrumbs in the address bar by default. Breadcrumbs display the hierarchy path of folders that were navigated to for the current folder location. Contextual navigation buttons are available for each of these that can be used to access all locations that are connected to them.

Sometimes, you may just want to see the full path of the current folder location in the address bar instead.

This tutorial will show you how to see the full path in the address bar of File Explorer on demand in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Linux in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18836 version 1903, Linux will be added to the navigation pane in File Explorer whenever you enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

If you like, you can remove Linux from the navigation without having to disable WSL.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Linux in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10. When you click/tap on the Distro shortcut in Linux, it will show all currently running WSL distros.

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How to Turn On or Off Show Dates in Conversational Format in Windows 10 File Explorer

Starting with Windows 10 build 18277, Microsoft said, “Some Insiders may notice small differences in File Explorer over the coming flights – we’ll have more to share later about this later.”.

One difference that was noticed is a new Show dates in conversational format setting in the View tab of Folder Options.

Show dates in conversational format (if available) is turned on by default starting with build 18277. If you would prefer to see your dates in the usual formal format, then you could turn off Show dates in conversational format.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to show dates in a conversation format in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.

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