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  1. General Reset Details and Preview Pane Width to Default in File Explorer in Windows 11

    The details pane in File Explorer shows you the most common properties associated with the selected file. File properties provide more detailed info about a file, such as the author, the date you last changed the file, and any descriptive tags you might have added to the file. The preview pane...
  2. General Reset Navigation Pane Width to Default in File Explorer in Windows 11

    The navigation pane is the far left pane in File Explorer used to find files, folders, and drives on your PC or network. You can drag the right border of the navigation pane left and right to increase or decrease its width in File Explorer. Starting with Windows 11 build 25136 and build...
  3. General Enable or Disable Numerical Sorting in File Explorer in Windows 11

    File Explorer sorts file names in numerical order and not literally by default in Windows 10 and Windows 11. When numerical sorting is enabled, File Explorer will sort file names by increasing number value (for example, 3 < 22 < 111). When numerical sorting is disabled, File Explorer will sort...
  4. General Save Search Query in Windows 11

    You can save a search query as a Search Folder, a virtual folder displayed in File Explorer under the Searches folder. Opening a Search Folder runs the saved search and displays up-to-date results. The saved search file stores the query in a format Windows Search can act on, specifying what to...
  5. General Clear File Explorer History in Windows 11

    Clearing your File Explorer history deletes the information Windows saved about the files and folders you use as well as what you've typed in the address bar and Run dialog. File Explorer history consists of: Recent items in the File Explorer jump list. Quick access folders in File Explorer...
  6. Personalization Add or Remove Devices and Printers in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

    The Devices and Printers folder shows devices that are connected to a computer, including the document devices. When you select a device in Devices and Printers, Device Stage shows the details for that device. See also...
  7. General Add or Remove Menu Bar in File Explorer in Windows 11

    The menu bar is no longer available in File Explorer. Starting with Windows 11 build 25136 and build 22621.160, File Explorer has been updated. To help you work across multiple locations at the same time, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs. File Explorer also has a new refreshed...
  8. Personalization Add or Remove D Drive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

    All drives are shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default. Removable drives are shown as separate groups in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default in addition to being shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane. You could Pin to Quick...
  9. Personalization Add or Remove Windows C Drive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

    All drives are shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default. Removable drives are shown as separate groups in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default in addition to being shown under the This PC group in the navigation pane. You could Pin to Quick...
  10. General Select Items in File Explorer in Windows 11

    You have many options to select items in File Explorer (Win+E). You can choose to select a single item or multiple items at once in any order. This tutorial will show different ways to select items in File Explorer in Windows 11. Option One: Select Items using Check Boxes Option Two...
  11. General Add or Remove This PC in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

    Windows 11 shows the This PC icon in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default. This makes it easy to browse your Devices and drives and Network locations in one location. If you prefer not to have This PC show in the navigation pane of File Explorer, you can remove it. This tutorial...
  12. Network and Internet Add or Remove Network in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11

    Windows 11 shows the Network icon in the navigation pane of File Explorer by default. This makes it easy to browse your local network. If you prefer not to have Network show in the navigation pane of File Explorer, you can remove it. This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Network in...
  13. Personalization Add or Remove Folders under This PC in File Explorer in Windows 11

    Starting with Windows 11 build 25136 and build 22621.160 for some, Microsoft is introducing a refreshed layout of the left navigation pane in File Explorer which makes it easy for you to navigate to folders that matter to you. Known Windows Folders which are available by default in the...
  14. Personalization Add or Remove Quick Access in File Explorer Home in Windows 11

    Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites)...
  15. General Switch Between File Explorer Tabs in Windows 11

    Starting with Windows 11 build 25136 and build 22621.160, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs to help you work across multiple locations at the same time. This tutorial will help show you different ways to switch between open tabs in File Explorer for your account in Windows 11...
  16. Personalization Add or Remove Open in new tab context menu in Windows 11

    Starting with Windows 11 build 25136 and build 22621.160, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs to help you work across multiple locations at the same time. You can right click on a drive, folder, or library location in File Explorer to see the Open in new tab context menu item. This...
  17. General Open and Close Tabs in File Explorer in Windows 11

    Starting with Windows 11 build 25136 and build 22621.160, the title bar of File Explorer now has tabs to help you work across multiple locations at the same time. Starting with Windows 11 build 22622.575, middle clicking a folder in the navigation pane of File Explorer will now open it in a new...
  18. General Enable or Disable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer Home in Windows 11

    Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites)...
  19. General Add or Remove Frequent Folders in Quick Access in Windows 11

    Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites)...
  20. General Add or Remove Recent Files in File Explorer Home in Windows 11

    Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites)...
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