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How to quickly find a program’s EXE file on Windows 10

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If you are doing advanced troubleshooting or configuration of a Windows 10 program and need to find the program’s EXE file in File Explorer, there is a quick way to do this if you have access to a shortcut. Here’s how.

First, look for a shortcut that points to the application whose EXE you need to find, as you will need to open the Properties window. If the shortcut is on the desktop, right-click on it and select Properties.

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If the shortcut is attached to the taskbar, right-click on it and then right-click on its name again in the menu that appears just above it. Click “Properties” in the menu that appears.

In Windows 10, right-click on the taskbar icon, right-click on the shortcut, and select

If the shortcut is in your “Start” menu, you have more rings to skip through (and this method only works with traditional Windows Desktop apps and not UWP apps). Right-click on the “Start” menu path for the application and select More> Open File Location.

Find an application shortcut with the Windows 10 Start menu

This opens a File Explorer window that points to the actual application shortcut file. Right-click on the shortcut and select Properties.

No matter how you found the shortcut, a properties window will appear. Make sure you are on the “Shortcut” tab, then click “Open File Location.”

To find an application's EXE file, right-click on a shortcut and click

You will be taken directly to the EXE site in File Explorer.

Locate an application's EXE file in File Explorer on Windows 10.

What you do next depends on what you are trying to achieve. Just be careful there – if you change or move a program’s files, it may not work properly.

If you can not find a shortcut to use

If a shortcut to the program whose EXE you want to find is not readily available, you can browse C:Program Files or C:Program Files (x86) on your machine to find the program’s main program folder. Look for a folder with a name similar to the publisher of the program or the name of the program itself. Open it and you can find the EXE you are looking for inside. Good luck!

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