Set “File Explorer” to open to “This PC” instead of “Quick Access” on Windows 11

How do I stop File Explorer from opening Quick Access on Windows 11? If you have installed Windows 11 on your PC or on a virtual machine, you might have noticed that when you open File Explorer using Windows + E shortcut keys or by clicking on its icon on the taskbar, it 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 is good for most Windows users, but not for all. Some of us want to always open “This PC” instead of “Quick access.”

Our PC, our rule. Why should I always first open Quick access, and then for accessing “This PC,” I should click on its icon on the left pane?

Microsoft understands the requirements of their users, and hence they have provided an option to switch to “This PC” instead of “Quick Access.” That means by pressing the File Explorer icon from the taskbar or pressing Windows + E shortcut keys, you can directly open “This PC.”

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

If you are not happy with Quick access and want to instruct Windows 11 to open File Explorer at “This PC,” this gearupwindows article will help you. No need to download and install and third-party software on your PC. Let’s see how it is possible?

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

Step 1. Bring up the File Explorer window by pressing Windows + E keys simultaneously from the keyboard.

Alternatively, click on the File Explorer icon on the taskbar to launch it.

Step 2. On the File Explorer window, click on the See more icon (three dots) and select Options from the drop-down menu.

Step 3. In the Folder Options dialog box that opens after performing the above steps, select “This PC” from the drop-down menu of “Open File Explorer to.”

Step 4. Click Apply.

Step 5. Click OK.

Once you complete the above steps, when your open File Explorer by clicking on its icon on the taskbar or pressing Windows logo + E keys, you will see the “This PC” window. You can still access Quick access, but for that, you need to click on the left side pane of the “This PC” window.

It is also possible to open File Explorer at “This PC” Instead of Quick Access in Windows 10, but the steps are slightly different.

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