Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 11

Let’s learn how to set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 11 devices. By default, File Explorer opens to Quick Access, which shows frequently used folders and recently used files. Windows 11, known for a refreshed look and feel with the familiarity of Windows, offers a visually seamless experience; however, when you will compare this option with Windows 10, It’s providing a similar end-user experience.

Quick access refers to a location that shows all the recently opened files and folders and pinned folders, This PC window displays types of local, network, and removable drives. It also has direct access to your documents, downloads, and all.

There are several new design changes in the Windows 11 new file explorer. The end-user experience of Windows 11 when you compare with Windows 10 file explorer, Here you can explore more Windows 11 New File Explorer Experience New Features Design Details.

Set File Explorer to open This PC Via File Explorer

Let’s follow the steps below to open This PC in File Explorer –

  • Click on the See more (three-dotted) drop-down menu and select Options.
Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access - Windows 11
Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access – Windows 11

Under Folder Options, Click the General tab. In the Open File Explorer to drop-down menu, select This PC option. Click on the Apply, then click the OK button.

Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access - Windows 11
Set File Explorer to open to This PC instead of Quick Access – Windows 11

Once you finished up, The next time you open File Explorer, you’ll see This PC opens.

Set File Explorer to Open This PC Using Registry

Let’s follow the steps below to Set File Explorer to open to This PC via Registry –

To add or import a registry value in Windows 11 PC, follow these steps –

Important – We recommend you create a backup before editing the registry.

  • Open Notepad, Copy and paste the registry value below into the text editor.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
"LaunchTo"=dword:00000001

Note – Since adding the registry value manually may lead to an issue, it will be a time taken to process for system admin. You can also copy the below command and create a batch file to automate the settings.

  • 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 Choose Save as type “All” from the drop-down list. Click Save.
  • The registry file will appear on your saved location. To start the execution, Double click or Right-click and select the Open option or press Enter on the saved .reg file content to merge into the local registry.
  • A warning box with the following messages prompted, Click Yes to continue.
Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access - Windows 11
Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access – Windows 11

Once Information in the path of the Registry (.reg) file has been successfully entered into the registry below prompt will appear. Click OK.

Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access - Windows 11
Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access – Windows 11

This is especially useful for applying the same setting for multiple users to be distributed across the network.

Results – End User Experience

Once you complete the above steps, open File Explorer either directly from the File Explorer icon located at the taskbar or pressing Windows Key + E Keyboard shortcut.

Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access - Windows 11
Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access – Windows 11

You will be redirected to This PC section. Here’s how shown below.

Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access - Windows 11
Set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access – Windows 11

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