Make File Explorer open to This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10

By | August 9, 2016
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Make File Explorer open to This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10

I promise, someday I’m going to take a course in writing shorter headlines like the old-time newspapers used to do. Here are some actual headlines I dug up as examples that show how much about headline writing I’ve yet to learn:

Man Accused of Killing Lawyer Receives New Attorney

Mayor Parris to homeless: Go home

Woman finds a hat in a tree

Oven removed from home

Poodle holds clue to deaths

Postman beaten by lavender bush

I really like the last one. Poor postman! Must’ve been a mean lavender bush.

Stop rolling your eyes. We’ll get started now. Back in the old days it was called My Computer, and everyone was fine with that. Even if you were on someone else’s computer, and it wasn’t your computer, you were still OK with My Computer. 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 old people got booted out of Microsoft and some guy whose name I can’t spell took over, hired a bunch of new people and they’re cooler than the old people. Now it’s not My Computer or Computer, it’s This PC. This PC is My 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 new name in Windows 10) you don’t see your hard drive(s) you see the Quick Access menu. Some us like to see My Computer/Computer they way we used to – 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.

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 convoluted tip.


Step #1:

Open File Explorer. You can do this a bunch of ways – here are three:

Click start & click “This PC” (yes I know)
Click the folder icon on your taskbar
Press the Windows Key + E

Note that will open to “Quick access” (highlighted in yellow below).

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Step #2:

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:

Step #3:

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.


5 thoughts on “Make File Explorer open to This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10

  1. Harriet

    Can you tell me why windows live reply does not work in windows 10. Just does not respond. Should I try to change to windows outlook or windows 10 email?

    1. infoave Post author

      Windows Live Mail works perfectly in Windows 10, however you cannot check mail (IMAP) for any Microsoft account (email addresses that end in,,, So, not sure if you’re talking about Windows Live Mail not checking mail or just plain not responding. If it’s not responding you can try uninstalling it, rebooting, and reinstalling it.

  2. Littleolady

    Thank you – what a wonderful tip!! I changed it to “My PC” while reading your tip – thanks….

  3. Mae Watson

    I used this tip, since I seldom use Quick access.
    I downloaded Window 10 anniversary now it says quick acess is not available and leaves a broad black band beside the task bar, which I moved to the right margin. That leaves me with 2/3 of the screen and overlaps any time I try a full screen. I have also lost the spider Solitaire that you provided some months ago.


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