How to Open “File Explorer” at “This PC” Instead of “Quick Access” in Windows 11?

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Windows 7 Windows Explorer is known as File Explorer in Windows 11/10/8/8.1, and the “My Computer” is renamed to “This PC.”

If you are using Windows 11, you might have noticed that when you open File Explorer using Windows + E hotkey or by clicking on its icon on the taskbar, it always opens Quick Access by default instead of This PC. Under the Quick access window, you will see system folders and recent files that you have opened. It may be suitable for most Windows users, but not all are happy with the same. Some of us want to always open “This PC” instead of “Quick access.”

Although File Explorer always opens at “Quick Access” by default, Microsoft includes an option to open “File Explorer” at “This PC.” That means by pressing the File Explorer icon from the taskbar or pressing Windows + E hotkey, you can directly access “This PC” on Windows 11.

On the “This PC” window, you can see default folders (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos) and drives or partitions.

In this growupwindows article, we will guide you on opening “File Explorer” at “This PC” instead of “Quick Access” in Windows 11.

How to Set “File Explorer” to Open at “This PC” instead of “Quick Access” on Windows 11?

To set “File Explorer” to open at “This PC” instead of “Quick Access” in Windows 11, use the following steps:-

Step 1. First open File Explorer.

To do that, you can use the Windows + E hotkey.

Alternatively, click on the File Explorer icon on the Windows 11 Taskbar to launch it.

Step 2. When the File Explorer window appears on your computer, click on the See more button and select Options in the drop-down menu.

Step 3. In the Folder Options dialog, select This PC in the drop-down menu “Open File Explorer to.”

Step 4. Then, click Apply.

Step 5. Finally, hit the OK button.

That’s it. Now, when you open File Explorer by clicking on its icon on the taskbar or pressing Windows + E hotkey, you will see the “This PC” window. However, to access “Quick access,” you need to click “Quick access” on the left sidebar of the “This PC” window.

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