Windows 10 File Explorer – Working on it

Windows 10 File Explorer - Working on it

Windows 10 File Explorer, working on it is easier than you think! Windows 10 File Explorer previously known as Windows Explorer, is a file manager application that is included with releases of the Microsoft Windows operating system from Windows 95 onwards. Need to learn how to use Windows 10 File Explorer? Working on it super easy with this step-by-step tutorial.

Windows 10 File Explorer - Working on it is Super Easy
Windows 10 File Explorer – Working on it is Super Easy

It provides a graphical user interface for accessing the file systems. It is also the component of the operating system that presents many user interface items on the monitor such as the taskbar and desktop.

We will discuss the basic uses of Windows 10 File Explorer, working on it with this tutorial.

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01. Understanding Hard Disk, Disk Partitions, Folders and Files

Windows 10 File Explorer - Working on it is Super Easy

This picture shows a filing cabinet. It has many drawers; you pull out a drawer then you will see many folders stored in the drawer. If you take a folder out and open it, as a result of that you can see many files & documents has attached in that folder.

Similarly, your computer hard disk is act as the file drawer. Hard disk is divided into few logical partitions; you can create new folders in a partition as much as you need; also you can create new files/documents in that folders.

A sample folder structure in a hard disk partition

02. How to Open File Explorer

Opening File Explorer in Windows 10 is super easy. Click on the File Explorer button on the task bar or start menu.

There are two ways to open the file explorer

File explorer has two views by default. The left pane holds shortcuts to favorite places (like downloads, pictures, video, etc…) and hard disk partitions. On the other hand, folder view allows you to access files and folders stored in your computer.

  1. To open a favorite folder or a hard disk partition from the left pane, simply click on the shortcut link.
  2. To open a folder or a file from the folder view, double click on the item.
  3. Up button allows you to go back to the parent folder of the currently opened folder.
  4. Back and Forward buttons allow you to go through the browsing history.

03. Creating New Folders

  1. Navigate into the folder or hard disk partition where you need to create a new folder.
  2. Right click on empty area and select New > Folder path.
  3. Give a desired name for your newly created folder.

04. Changing Folder Icon Size

You can make folder icons on the File Explorer smaller or bigger. To do this,

  1. Open the View tab on the ribbon toolbar.
  2. Select a desired icon size from the Layout group and click on it. (for instance, see the demo)
Windows 10 File Explorer - Working on it is Super Easy

05. Previewing Files and Folders

The File Explorer allows you to see a smaller preview of your selected file before opening it.

  1. Click on the Preview Pane command from the Panes group. After that, the Preview pane appears next to the folder view.
  2. Just click (not double click) on a file to see a preview on the preview pane.
Windows 10 File Explorer - Working on it is Super Easy

06. Renaming Files and Folders

  1. Select the file or folder you want to rename.
  2. Then press F2 key or click on the Rename command on the Home tab.
  3. Finally type the new name and hit Enter key

07. Cut/Copy and Paste Files and Folders

Cut, Copy and Paste commands are used for moving files and folders within the file system. In other words, these commands are use to move files and folders from an existing location to a new location.

These commands are come into the action as couples. Likewise,

  • Cut and then Paste – Deletes files/folders from the existing location and moves to a new location.
  • Copy and then Paste – Keeps original files/folders of the existing location and create a duplicate copy in a new location.

a. How to Copy a File

  1. Select the file/folder you want to copy.
  2. Right click on the file then select Copy command.
    or,
    Press Ctrl+C form the keyboard.
    or,
    Click Copy command from the home tab in the toolbar.
  3. Move to another location where you want to create the duplicate copy.
  4. Right click on the empty area then select Paste command.
    or,
    Press Ctrl+V from the keyboard.
    or,
    Click Paste command from the home tab in the toolbar.

b. How to Move (Cut) a File

  1. Select the file/folder you want to move.
  2. Right click on the file then select Cut command.
    or,
    Press Ctrl+X form the keyboard.
    or,
    Click Cut command from the home tab in the toolbar.
  3. Move to another location where you want to move file/folder.
  4. Right click on the empty area then select Paste command.
    or,
    Press Ctrl+V from the keyboard.
    or,
    Click Paste command from the home tab in the toolbar.

08. Deleting Files/Folders

To delete a file or folder,

  1. Select the file/folder you want to delete.
  2. Right click on the file/folder and select Delete command.
    or,
    You can also Press DEL key of Ctrl+D key board shortcut.
    or,
    Click on the Delete command from the main toolbar.
  3. Click Yes button from the confirmation message.
Note:
The Delete command is not actually ‘delete’ a file from the hard disk. The command temporary moves files to the Recycle bin so that you can restore deleted files later.
How to Permanently Delete a File?
Press Shift+Delete keyboard shortcut for the selected file. This will vanish the file from your hard disk forever. So use it carefully.