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Configure File Explorer to Display your Drives instead of Quick Access

Posted February 2017 by Steve Sinchak

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive about Windows is from users asking to restore the old behavior of Windows Explorer.  Upon launch, the old Windows Explorer would simply list your drives compared to the new File Explorer that displays recently/frequently accessed content by default.  There were a number of ways to change the launch behavior over the years, my personal favorite was tweaking the Windows Explorer shortcut.  In Windows 10, Microsoft finally made it really easy for everyone to customize this setting.

To change launch behavior of File Explorer on your PC, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Click on the File in the ribbon and select Change folder and search options.
  3. On the General tab, on the top of the list of options, adjust "Open File Explorer" to "This PC" as shown in the picture below.

Configure File Explorer to display your drives 4. Click OK and you are all set.

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