How to Make Windows 10’s File Explorer Open to This PC instead of Quick Access
Back in the old days it This PC was called My Computer, and everyone was fine with that. Then later, Microsoft, thinking that calling it My Computer would make people think every computer was their computer, dropped the My and it became Computer. Then the older people got booted out of Microsoft and some guy whose name I can’t spell took over, hired a bunch of new people and noww it’s not My Computer or Computer, it’s This PC.
This PC is still My Computer / Computer. A rose by any other name, you know. Now what’s my point? My point is that when you click “File Explorer” (Windows Explorer’s name in Windows 10) you don’t see your hard drive(s) you see the Quick Access menu. Some us, like me for instance, like to see My Computer/Computer they way we used to with all the hard drives visible. And no matter how convenient Quick Access is supposed to be. Quick Access is sort of like Libraries. We’ll save that discussion for another time. More importantly, when you open File Explorer to Quick Access, you won’t see your hard drives in he right pane.
We’re going to show you how to change File Explorer so it opens up with This PC (formerly known as Computer and My Computer). And it’s very simple. It’s so simple in fact, you’ll be able to do it faster than you were able to read this tip.
Open File Explorer. You can do this a bunch of ways – here are three:
Click start & click “This PC”
Click the folder icon on your taskbar
Press the Windows Key + E
Note that will open to “Quick access” (highlighted in yellow below).
Let’s change this so it opens up to This PC (My Computer/Computer).
Click View (at the top – see red box)
Click Options (see red arrow)
Select Change folder and search options – highlighted in yellow below:
In Folder Options, next to “Open File Explorer to: ” use the down arrow to select This PC. Then click Apply/OK.
Behold! It’s My Computer/Computer/This PC – just like it used to be in days of old.
So now you know how to make File Explorer open to This PC in Windows 10. If you ever want to go back to having File Explorer open to Quick Access, follow the steps above and select Quick Access instead of This PC in step 3 above.
Yay! I’m done.