Windows 10 no longer has built-in help for File Explorer, which Windows 7 does. Microsoft makes you search the web for information, so here's what you need to know about using Windows 10 file manager.
Basic resolution interface in File Explorer
While it has been renamed "File Explorer" in Windows 10, this application is basically the same as Windows Explorer on Windows 7. It has some new features, including a tape interface and built-in Microsoft OneDrive for synchronizing your files to the cloud.
The "Quick Access" area in the sidebar replaces "Favorites" on Windows 10. You can drag and drop folders to the quick access area to "staple" them for easy access in the future. Windows 10 automatically adds your newly used folders to this site. You can customize Quick Access from the options window. To remove a single folder from Quick Access, right-click it and select "Relax from Quick Access".
The "My Computer" section replaces the "My Computer" item on Windows 7. It contains shortcuts to user data folders on your computer and other devices, such as USB devices and DVD drives.
How to use the tape
The band in File Explorer works just like the band in Microsoft Office programs like Word and Excel. There are a few different ways you can use it.
If you want more space in your file browsing windows, you can leave the band together by default. You can still click on any of the tabs in the top "Home", "Share" or "Show" to display the commands and click a button. The band only appears temporarily.
If you'd rather see the band, you can expand it. To do so, click the arrow at the top right of the file explorer or press Ctrl + F1.
The Home Toolbar offers basic options for working with files, including Copy, Paste, Delete, Rename, New Folder, and Properties.
The Share tab offers options for emailing, zipping and printing files, and burning them to discs and sharing them on the local network.
The View tab contains options for checking how the files are displayed in File Explorer and how they are sorted. You can enable a preview or detail window to see more information about a selected file, choose whether you want large file icons or a dense file list, and sort files according to the criteria you want. You can also choose to show or hide filename extensions or hidden files from here. Just click the "Hidden Objects" checkbox to show or hide hidden files without opening the Folder Options window.
The Manage tab sometimes appears in the band with contextual commands. For example, if you select certain images, you will see a "Picture Tools" tab with options to rotate the selected images and set them as desktop background.
How to button frequently used commands  The quick access toolbar appears at the top left of the File Explorer window on the title list. It provides convenient access to frequently used commands. To add a command to the Quick Access toolbar, right-click on the tape and select "Add to the Quick Access Toolbar."
If you want more space for commands, you can right-click anywhere on the tape or field above it and select "Show Quick Toolbar below the tape" to make it a more standard toolbar.
How to change the file explorer settings
To change the file explorer settings, click the "View" tab on the tape and click the "Options" icon.
This opens the familiar folder option dialog that existed on Windows 7. It has some new options, for example, you can check if File Explorer opens for quick access or this PC view, or if it automatically displays recent and frequently used folders in the quick access view .
] Useful keyboard shortcuts
File Explorer is packed with useful keyboard shortcuts to help you perform tasks faster. Here is a quick list of some:
- Windows + E – Open a File Explorer window. This works anywhere in Windows 10.
- Ctrl + N – Open a new File Explorer window.
- Ctrl + W – Close the current File Explorer window.
- Ctrl + Mousewheel Up or Down – Change the size of files and folder icons (zoom in or out. 19659023] Ctrl + Shift + N – Create a new folder
- Backspace or ] Alt + Left arrow – Display previous folder (go back.)
- Alt + Right arrow – Show next folder (continue.)
- Alt + Up arrow – Show folder the current folder is
- Ctrl + F Ctrl + E or F3 – Focus the search box so you can quickly start writing a search.
- Ctrl + L Alt + D or F4 – Focus the address address (location) so you can quickly start writing a folder address
- F11 – Maximize the File Explorer window Press F11 again to shrink the window. This also works in web browsers.
You can find a complete list of keyboard queries on Windows 10 on the Microsoft Web site p.
How to use OneDrive
OneDrive is built into File Explorer on Windows 10. It synchronizes files online using the Microsoft account you log on to Windows 10 with. It works the same as Dropbox, Google Drive and Apple's iCloud Drive.
To get started, click on the "OneDrive" option in the File Explorer sidebar. You are asked to log in to OneDrive, if necessary. If you are not, you can only place files in OneDrive. They are uploaded to Microsoft's servers. You can access them in the OneDrive folder on other computers with which you sign in to the same Microsoft account, through OneDrive apps on your phone and the OneDrive site.
The "Status" field in the OneDrive window shows the status of each file. A blue mole icon indicates that the file is stored on OneDrive online but will automatically be downloaded when you open it. A green check mark indicates that the file is stored on both OneDrive and your current computer.
You can control the OneDrive settings from the OneDrive notification area (system tray). Click the cloud-shaped OneDrive icon in the notification area at the bottom right of the screen. If you don't see it, you probably have to click on the little up arrow to the left of the icons to find it. Click "More" and click "Settings" to find OneDrive's various settings, where you can control which folders are synchronized, how much of your upload and download bandwidth OneDrive uses and other settings.
OneDrive can automatically "protect" files in important folders such as the desktop, images, and documents by synchronizing them. To set this up, click the "Auto Save" tab in the OneDrive settings and click the "Update folders" button under Protect your important folders.
If you don't like to see OneDrive, you can disable it and remove the icon from File Explorer.
How to open network drivers
Folders, printers, and media servers shared in the local network are displayed in the "Network" view. You may need to scroll down to the bottom of the File Explorer sidebar to find and click on it.
Windows 10 no longer contains the HomeGroup feature, so you can't use it to easily share files and folders between your computers. You can either use OneDrive or use old-fashioned file and folder networking options.
If you need to map a network device for easy access, you can do so from this PC view. First click on "This computer" in the sidebar. The "Computer" tab is displayed on the tape. Click on it and select "Map Network Drive" and use the instructions the IT department provides for connection.
The mapped device is displayed under Network Places in this PC view.
Backing up and restoring your files
Windows 10 contains file history, a file backup and recovery tool. It is not just for making and restoring large backups. The file history can automatically back up different versions of your files, and you can use File Explorer to easily restore the previous versions. First, you need to configure File History from Settings> Update and Security> Backup. Enable "Back up my files."
Once you have set it, you can select a file or folder, click "Home" on the tape and click the "History" button to view and restore older versions of that file or folder.
Windows 10's File Explorer is also packed with other useful features. You can tag any file, use a dark theme or reactivate the "library" feature. Microsoft is working on a File Explorer tab interface, but you can get File Explorer tabs today.