How to Set File Explorer to Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10

Let’s see how to set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10 devices. By default, File Explorer opens to Quick Access. Whenever you open a File Explorer window, you will see the Quick Access view, which provides access to frequently used folders and recently used files.

Follow the steps to change the settings of Windows 10 File Explorer to open This PC.

File Explorer

  • Open to This PC/ File Explorer, go to the View tab and then select Options. 
How to Set File Explorer to Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10
How to Set File Explorer to Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10
  • In the Open File Explorer to list, select This PC, and then select Apply.
How to Set File Explorer to Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10
How to Set File Explorer to Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10

Use Registry Editor to Set File Explorer to open This PC

You can change the same setting as shown above using the Windows Registry. This is especially useful for apply same setting for multiple users, to be distributed across the network. To add or import a registry value follow these steps:

  • Open Notepad, Copy the below registry value
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"LaunchTo"=dword:00000001
  • It will look like in the following syntax, when you see the file.
How to Set File Explorer to Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10
How to Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10
  • In the File menu, Select Save As and click Browse to your preferred folder or location. In the File name box provide the appropriate name “FileName.reg” with .reg extension and Save as type “All”. Click Save.
  • The registry file will appear on your saved location. To start the execution, Double click or Right click and select Merge option on the saved .reg file content to merge into the local registry.
How to Set File Explorer to Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10
How to Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10
  • A warning box with the following messages prompted, Click Yes to continue.
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How to Set File Explorer to open to This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10
  • Once Information in path of .reg file has been successfully entered into the registry, below prompt will be appear. Click OK.
How to Set File Explorer to Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10
How to Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10

End User Experience

Finally Done! Open the File Explorer, It will navigate to This PC, Displays Folders, Devices and drives.

How to Set File Explorer to Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10
How to Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10

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