10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks8 min read

10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks

Windows 10 File Explorer is the best way to explore your file and folder, Windows File Explorer is the default tool of windows to browse your files. Windows File Explorer has many functionally some of the functionality we didn’t know that which we can say that some trick of the File Explorer. By know that functionality your work will be done faster. By knows this you will unlock the powerful functionality which is hidden by the everyday users.

So, in this article I am going to share some Windows 10 File Explore tricks, maybe some of the tricks you already know that, Let’s get started.

1. Delete File Browsing History

When you browse your file and folder by default, File Explorer will save the record of all the recent files you’ve opened and also all your recent searches records. It became helpful to quickly return to something, but if you want to clear the history or if you want to turn this feature off. See this method given below.

  • Open File Explorer and click View > Change folder and search options a new dialog box will be open.
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
  • On the General tab and under the Privacy section, click Clear to remove all your history usage of File Explorer.
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks

If you didn’t want to save the history you can disable the history option, then untick either or both options which is Show recently used files in Quick access and Show frequently used folders in Quick access then click on the apply button and OK.

2. Rename Multiple Files

I know that you know how to rename individual files, but you didn’t know how to rename the multiple files a once. To do that.

First of all, you should have to select the files which you want to rename. You can hold down Ctrl and left-click to select specific files to highlight its alternative press shortcut key Ctrl + A to select all files in the folder. After Right-click on the first file in the sequence and click Rename.

The type the name which you want to enter and then press Enter button File Explorer will automatically rename the selected file in numerical order.

10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks

3. Show Recycle Bin and Control Panel in Sidebar

When you Exploring in the File Explorer and you want to go to the control panel you will go to start menu type Control Panel open. The point I want to say you can add Control Panel in File Explorer. It will appear in the navigation pane on the left-hand, by default in that list Control Panel and Recycle Bin is doesn’t include. You can add it easily with few steps.

Right-click on empty space on the navigation pane and then click Show all folders.

10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks

After checking this option you will see that there are many other lists of shortcuts appear at there, you also see the Recycle Bin and Control panel appear in the list.

10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks

Also, Read This Article How to Defragment and Optimize Drive in Windows 10

4. Disable Adverts

In Windows 10 there were not Adverts, but now in the new updates of Windows 10, Microsoft Started displaying adverts In Windows File Explorer. They started displaying ads of some products like Office and other Microsoft products. You can close them by pressing the close button individually, but you can stop them forever. To do this follow these steps.

  • Open File Explorer and click View > Change folder and search options a new dialog box will be open.

  • On the View tab and in Advanced Settings, Find Show sync provider Notifications and untick that option after that click OK button to save the changes.
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks

5. Use Keyboard Shortcuts

If you know the keyboard shortcut key you will become the powerful Windows user. If you didn’t know that I show some mostly used keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 users. Once you become a master in these Keyboard shortcuts your work will be done a little bit faster.

  • Windows key + E: Opens File Explorer.
  • Ctrl + N: Opens a new Windows File Explorer of the same folder.
  • Ctrl + W: Closes the File Explore of active Windows.
  • Alt + D: Select the address bar.
  • Ctrl + F or Ctrl + E: To use the search box feature of the File manager.
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Creates a new folder.
  • Alt + Up: Go up a folder level.
  • Alt + Right/Left: Go forward one folder Or parent folder that contains a subfolder.
  • Alt + Enter: Open the Properties of the selected file or folder.
  • Alt + P: Enable/Disable the Preview pane.
  • Alt + Shift + P: Enable/Disable the Details pane.

6. Open File Explorer on This PC

When You click on the File Explorer you might notice that it opens Quick Access Instead of This PC. If you want to Switch to This Pc then follow this step.

  • Open File Explorer and click View > Change folder and search options a new dialog box will be open.
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
  • On the General tab, you see the open File Explorer to Switch to This PC and then click on the apply button and OK button to save changes.
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks

7. Remove Cloud Services From Sidebar

In Windows 10 on the left-hand navigation pane of File Explorer, there is Default OneDrive service of the cloud is installed. If you Don’t use OneDrive cloud you can remove this option from the File Explorer just follow the step which is given below.

  • Press Window + R to open Run Windows at their type “regedit”
  • Go to Edit > Find and type “IsPinned” and then click on Find Next. This will take a few seconds and give you only one and unique result.
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
  • On the right-hand pane, double click on “System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree” type the value data 0 and then click on OK button.
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks

If you want to bring to back repeat the steps and save the value data 1 to get OneDrive service back

8. Show and Hide File Extensions

Every file format has a different file extension by default, in Windows 10 File Explorer file extensions are hidden. This makes it easier for the user to see file names. If you want to see the file extensions also, follow the below method to enable it

  • Open File Explorer and click the View.
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
  • At there you will see the show File Name Extension under the Show/Hide settings tick that. You can see in you also see the file extension name.

9. Changing Thumbnail Sizes

If you want to see the thumbnail of the picture then you have to bigger its size you can change its size in view but tell I you shortcut trick of File Explorer. You can also change the size of the thumbnail by a mouse scroll wheel.

You should have to press and hold the CTRL button and then scroll the wheel of your mouse slowly not too fast. You will see the size of the thumbnail will change.

Alternative method you can uses the menu in File Explorer. Click the View tab and there you will see the layout settings at there choose your thumbnail size and then click on it. You can choose from small, medium, large, and extra-large. You can also disable the thumbnails completely by choosing a list or detailed list view.

10. Speedily Rotate Pictures or Set Background Picture

If your photo in flip form and you have to rotate in your computer, you can easily use the feature inside File Explorer. You use this feature on a single picture or in bulk, there are two methods to rotate the picture in File Explorer

You can rotate the picture by Right-Click on it and in the menu choose Rotate Left or Rotate Right.

10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks

Alternative You can left-click on the image and then click on Manage button in the menu bar.  At there you can see Rotate left or Rotate right that you can use to rotate Moreover you can also set as Background or start the Slide show of images.

10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks
10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks, Tips, and Tweaks

That all the File Explore trick that I know if you know more File Explore trick then comment us below and if you like that comment you review and share it with your friends.

Also, Read This Article How to Defragment and Optimize Drive in Windows 10

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