How to Open and Use File Explorer on Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to open and use File Explorer when using Windows 11. It also tells a bit about what File Explorer is, what it is used for and how to get around using it.

File Explorer, alternatively referred to as Windows Explorer or Explorer is a file and folder browser found in every version of Windows. It is used to browse hard drives (internal or external), folders, and files on your PC.

Before we even get into File Explorer, don’t confuse File Explorer with Microsoft Internet Explorer. They are two separate apps. Internet Explorer is used to browse the internet, and File Explorer to browse Windows files and folders.

Below we’ll show you how to find, open and use File Explorer on Windows 11 and show you some ways to use it.

The new Windows 11 comes with many new features with new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re exited about Windows 11, keep reading our posts on it.

To get started with reviewing File Explorer on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to open File Explorer on Windows 11

There are several ways to open a new File Explorer window. By default, File Explorer button or icon is added to Windows Taskbar. The folder icon on the Taskbar is File Explorer.

To open File Explorer, click on the Folder icon on the Taskbar as highlighted above.

File Explorer will open up and display its Quick access content. You can click the “This PC” icon on the left to display your default folders in your home directory.

Another way to open File Explorer is by holding down the Windows key  Press the Windows key  and press E on your keyboard.

Yet another way to open File Explorer in Windows 11 is by right-clicking on the Start button on the Taskbar and selecting File Explorer as shown below.

How to use File Explorer in Windows 11

Now that File Explorer is open, you can perform some of these tasks while using File Explorer.

And many more tasks you can perform in File Explorer.

That should do it!


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