Two Easy File Explorer Tips

By | March 10, 2021
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Two Easy File Explorer Tips

Here are two easy File Explorer tips we hope you’ll find useful.

Explorer Navigation Made Easy

When using File Explorer to navigate through folder levels, each of the levels is shown in the “address” bar. In the example below, EB is looking at a folder located at

This PC (computer) > Documents > Cloudeight > Help and Signatures files.

Each of those levels is clickable. For instance, by clicking on “Documents”, “Documents” will open.  By clicking on “This PC”, you’ll go back to “This PC”.  Each level shows in the “address” bar and each level is clickable. That means you don’t have to go back one level at a time, you can go back several levels or back to “This PC” all with one click.

Cloudeight InfoAve Windows 10 Tips

Turn Off the Ribbon in File Explorer

Sometimes you feel like a ribbon and sometimes you don’t? Whether you like the “ribbon” in File Explorer or you don’t, one thing you should know is that you can show it or hide it and it’s easy to do.

The easiest way is this: With File Explorer open and in focus (on top of other Windows) press CTRL+F1. If the ribbon is showing, CTRL+F1 will hide it. And if it’s hidden, CTRL+F1 will show it. Laptop users take note… you may have to press CTRL+ Fn + F1.

You can also use the little arrow showing just to the left of the question mark to hide or show the ribbon.

Cloudeight InfoAve Windows 10 Tips

Cloudeight InfoAve Windows 10 Tips

And that’s how you hide or show the ribbon in Windows 10 File Explorer.

Remember laptop users: You may find CTRL+F1 doesn’t hide or show the ribbon. You may find that it opens the Narrator. If this happens to you, press CTRL+Fn+F1 and that should work to hide or show the ribbon in File Explorer.

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