Windows 10 does not have built-in file explorer help, such as Windows 7. Microsoft prompts you to search the web for information, so you should be aware of the following about using Windows 10 File Manager.
File Explorer Interface Basics
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The Quick Access pane in the sidebar replaces "Favorites" Windows 10. You can drag and drop folders into the Quick Access pane to "pinned" them for later access. Windows 10 automatically adds your most recently used folders to this area as well. You can customize the shortcut in the options window. To remove a single folder from Quick Access, right-click on it and select "Disconnect from Quick Access".
The "This PC" section replaces the "My Computer" entry in Windows 7. It contains shortcuts to user data folders on your PC, as well as other drives such as USB drives and DVD drives.
Using the Ribbon
The Ribbon in File Explorer works the same way as the Ribbon in Microsoft Office applications, such as Word and Excel. There are several ways to use it.
If you want more space in your windows to browse files, you can leave the ribbon closed by default. You can still click on one of the tabs above, for example: For example, "Start," "Share," or "View" to display the commands and click a button. The Ribbon appears only temporarily.
If you want to see the Ribbon over and over again, you can expand it. Either click on the arrow in the upper right corner of the File Explorer window or press Ctrl + F1.
The Launch Toolbar provides basic options for working with files, including Copy, Paste, Delete, Rename, New Folder, and Properties.
On the Sharing tab, you can e-mail, compress, and print files, burn to CD, and share files on the local network.
The View tab contains options for controlling how files are displayed in File Explorer and how they are sorted. You can enable a preview or detail panel to see more information about a selected file, choose whether you want to use large file icons or a dense file list, and sort the files by any criteria. Here you can also show or hide file name extensions or hidden files. Just click the Hidden Items check box to show or hide hidden files without going to the Folder Options window.
The Manage tab sometimes appears on the Ribbon with context sensitive commands. For example, if you select some images, the Picture Tools tab will appear, allowing you to rotate the selection images and set them as the background for the desktop.
How to Clamp Frequently Used Commands  The Quick Access Toolbar appears in the title bar in the upper-left corner of the File Explorer window. It provides convenient access to frequently used commands. To add a command to the Quick Access Toolbar, right-click on the ribbon and choose Add to Toolbar for Quick Access.
If you want more space for commands, you can right-click anywhere on the Ribbon or click on the tab bar and choose "Show Quick Access Toolbar Under Ribbon" to select a default To get toolbar.
To change the file explorer settings
Click to change the file explorer settings On the ribbon, click the View tab and click the Options icon.
This opens the well-known Folder Options dialog, which was also available on Windows 7. There are some new options – for example, you can control whether the File Explorer for Quick Access or the view of this PC is opened, or whether the Quick Access view displays recently used and frequently used folders automatically.
The File Explorer contains useful keyboard shortcuts that help you complete tasks faster. Here is a short list of some:
- Windows + E – Opens a File Explorer window. This works everywhere in Windows 10.
- Ctrl + N – Opens a new File Explorer window. This only works in File Explorer itself.
- Ctrl + W – Closes the current File Explorer window.
- Ctrl + mouse wheel up or down – Change the size of files and folder icons (zoom in or out).)
- Ctrl + Shift + N – Create a new folder
- Backspace or Alt + Left Arrow – Show Previous Folder (Go Back)
- Alt + Right Arrow – Show Next Folder (Forward).
- Alt + up arrow – Displays the folder where the current folder is located.
- Ctrl + F Ctrl + E or F3 – Align the search box to quickly start typing a search.
- Ctrl + L Alt + D or F4 – Align the address bar so you can quickly enter a folder address.
- F11 – Maximize the File Explorer window. Press F11 again to zoom out. This also works in web browsers.
For a complete list of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts, visit the Microsoft Web site.
OneDrive is integrated with File Explorer in Windows 10. It syncs files online With the Microsoft account, you log on to Windows 10. This works much like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Apple's iCloud drive.
First, click on the "OneDrive" option in the sidebar of File Explorer. You may be asked to sign in to OneDrive. Otherwise, you can easily place files in OneDrive. They are uploaded to the servers of Microsoft. You can access them in the OneDrive folder on other PCs that you sign in to with the same Microsoft account, through OneDrive apps on your phone, and on the OneDrive website.
The Status field in the OneDrive window shows you the status of each file. A blue cloud icon indicates that the file is stored on OneDrive Online, but it is downloaded automatically when you open it. A green checkmark indicates that the file is stored on both OneDrive and your current PC.
You can control the OneDrive settings through the OneDrive notification area icon (taskbar). Click the cloudy OneDrive icon in the notification area in the lower-right corner of the screen. If you do not see it, you will probably need to click on the little arrow up next to the icons to find it. Click "More" and then "Preferences" to find the various OneDrive settings, where you can control which folders are synchronized, how much bandwidth your upload and download bandwidth takes up from OneDrive, and other settings ,
OneDrive can automatically "protect" files such as desktop, pictures, and documents by syncing files. To set this up, click the Auto Save tab in the OneDrive Preferences and click the Update Folder button under Protect Your Important Folders.
If you do not want to see OneDrive, you can disable it and remove the file explorer icon.
Accessing network drives
Folders, printers, and media servers shared on the local network appear in the Network view. You may need to scroll to the bottom of the File Explorer sidebar to find and click it.
Windows 10 no longer includes the HomeGroup feature, so you can not easily share files and folders between your computers. You can use either OneDrive or the old-fashioned network options for files and folders.
If you need to map a network drive for easy availability, you can do so in the "This PC" view. First click on "This PC" in the sidebar. The Computer tab appears in the Ribbon. Click on it and select "Map Network Drive" and follow the instructions provided by your IT department to connect.
The mapped drive appears in the "This PC" view under "Network Locations" and restores your files
Windows 10 includes the File History, a file backup and restore tool. Not just for creating and restoring large backups. File version history can automatically back up different versions of your files, and File Explorer lets you easily restore those earlier versions. First you have to set up the file version history via Settings> Update & Security> Backup. Enable "Automatically backup my files."
After setup, you can select a file or folder, click Home on the Ribbon, and click the History button to view and restore older versions of that file or folder.
Windows 10 File Explorer also includes other useful features. You can tag each file, use a dark design, or re-enable the Libraries feature. Microsoft has a tabbed interface for File Explorer, but you can get the File Explorer tabs today.