Windows 10 – File Explorer

Windows 10 – File Explorer

File Explorer is the file management application used by Windows operating systems to browse folders and files. It provides a graphical interface for the user to navigate and access the files stored in the computer.

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The main way to access the File Explorer is by clicking the folder icon in the Taskbar. After clicking the icon, the File Explorer window will open.

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The initial File Explorer window is comprised of the following sections −

  • The File Explorer ribbon, which resembles the ribbon featured in Microsoft Office. The ribbon contains buttons for common tasks to perform with your files and folders.
  • The Navigation Pane gives you access to your libraries of documents and pictures, as well as your storage devices. It also features frequently used folders and network devices.
  • The Frequent folders section on the right features the folders you’ve worked with recently to allow for quick access to them.
  • The Recent files section in the lower part of the window features files and documents that you’ve opened recently.

The File Explorer Ribbon

In Windows 10, the File Explorer features a new ribbon toolbar, similar to the one featured in the recent versions of Microsoft Office. This ribbon contains buttons and commands for the most common tasks.

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The Ribbon features four tabs, each with different commands. Among the tasks you can perform from the Home tab are −

  • Copying and pasting files and folders from one place to another.
  • Moving files and folders to another location.
  • Copying files and folders to another location.
  • Deleting a file or folder permanently or sending it to the Recycle Bin.
  • Renaming a file or folder.
  • Creating a new folder or other new items.
  • Verifying or modifying the Properties of a document or folder.
  • Opening a file or folder.
  • Different options to select one or various files and folders.

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The Share ribbon gives you different options to share your files and folders. For example −

  • E-mailing or messaging a file.
  • Compressing (“Zip”) a folder to take less space.
  • Printing or faxing documents.
  • Sharing with other users or networks.

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The View ribbon allows you to change the way Windows displays your files and folders. Some of the changes you can make here are −

  • Adding additional panes to show a preview or details of your files.
  • Changing the layout of the files and folders from icons to list, and others.
  • Sorting and arranging the contents of your folder.
  • Hiding selected folders or files.

The File tab opens a menu with different options like −

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  • Opening an additional File Explorer window.
  • Opening command windows for advanced users.
  • Changing or configuring options about how File Explorer behaves.

 

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