File Explorer opens to Quick access by default in Window 11, but you can change File Explorer to open to This PC or Downloads instead.
Quick access shows your Frequent folders and Recent files.
- Frequent folders = Displays up to ten folders that you frequently opened on the system.
- Recent files = Displays up to twenty files that you most recently opened.
Downloads opens to your account's Downloads folder.
This tutorial will show you how to set File Explorer to open to either This PC, Quick access, or Downloads by default for your account in Windows 11.
EXAMPLE: Open File Explorer to "This PC", "Quick access", or "Downloads" by default
Change Open File Explorer to This PC or Quick access by Default in Folder Options
Open Folder Options.
In the General tab, select Quick access (default) or This PC in the Open File Explorer to drop menu for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
Change Open File Explorer to This PC, Quick access, or Downloads by Default in Folder Options using REG File
The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value below in the registry key below.
1 = This PC
2 = Quick access
3 = Downloads
Do step 2 (Quick access), step 3 (This PC), or step 4 (Downloads) below for what you would like to do.
This is the default setting.
Save the .reg file to your desktop.
Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.
You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.