The Best Windows File Explorer Tips and Tricks You Should Know About

The Windows File Explorer is an everyday interaction for anyone using the Windows OS. Though it has been there from the beginning, some of us are still unaware of the various best Windows File Explorer tips and tricks that can be done with it, other than just managing your files.

Today we bring you a list of such best Windows File Explorer tips and tricks along with a step-by-step guide for each of them.

1. Deleting File Browsing History

Whenever you manage your files using the browser, Windows reads it in the history log, along with the pathways. Anyone who has access to your computer can get hold of any vital information with the help these breadcrumbs that you leave behind. The solution? You can clear the history and here is how you should do it:

  • Open the File Explorer and click on the File option on the toolbar.
  • Select the Change Folders and Search option.
  • Another window will appear at the bottom of which you will find the Privacy section.
  • Click on the Clear button beside the Clear File Explorer History and all your history will be deleted from the system.

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2. Open File Explore by Default

The File Explorer opens up the Quick Access window by default instead of This PC. Now some users might find this disturbing since they have gotten used to seeing This PC or the My Computer window whenever they opened the File Explorer. Well, a simple adjustment is all you need to back to those happy times.

  • Open the File Explorer and select the Change Folders and Search option.
  • In the next Window that appears, at the top, there is a drop down button.
  • Select the This PC option from the list and hit OK. Now the Explorer will open into This PC by default.

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3. Rename Multiple Files

This function will come in handy when you’re renaming bulk files that were taken on any particular event. For the sake of organizing them, a rename is a must and doing it one by one for 500 photos will take an eternity. Fortunately for you, we have a solution.

  • Select the files that you wish to rename. You can select them individually, by dragging or by pressing Ctrl + A.
  • Once satisfied with your selection Right Click on the files. (It is advised that you choose those that you want to be at the beginning of your collection).
  • Click on Rename and input whatever name you want and press Enter.
  • The Explorer will automatically rename your files and attach a number along with them, signifying the order in which you have selected them.

4. Show Control Panel and Recycle Bin in the Sidebar

Having the recycle bin at hand helps you to better manage the junk files just by simply clicking and dragging rather than pressing the delete button every time. However, this trick isn’t limited to these two options only. Along with this, it will also enlist everything you have on the desktop.

  • Go to the Navigation bar and Right Click on an empty space.
  • A list will appear and.
  • Click on the Show all folders option and you will have almost everything at your mouse tips.

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5. Disabling Adverts

Adverts are the nemesis of the organized workspace. Just when you’re at the peak of your concentration, an advert hits you like a bus and sends everything flying out of the window. Recently Microsoft has started showing adverts on the Windows Explorer as well. Here is how to protect the sanctity of your personal space.

  • Open the File Explorer and Click on Files and open up the Change Folder and Search Options.
  • Now click on the View tab at the top, and scroll down to the Show Sync Provider Notifications. Uncheck it.
  • Click OK and you’re free from the tyranny of the floating and invading adverts, forever.

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6. Learning the Keyboard Shortcuts

Learning the keyboard shortcuts takes time and cannot be done overnight. It’s a matter of practice and it also helps you to become inefficient Windows user. In this section, we present to you a list of some of the most common shortcuts used all over the world.

  • Windows Key + E : Opens the File Explorer
  • Ctrl + W : Closes any Windows
  • Ctrl + N : Opens up a duplicate File Explorer Window
  • Ctrl + D : Selects the Address Bar
  • Ctrl + Shift + N : Creates a New Folder
  • Ctrl + F : Selects the Search Box
  • Alt + Up : Goes to the next folder or up a folder level
  • Alt + Right/Left : Toggles between the next and the previous folder
  • You can also press the Alt key once to highlight any shortcuts present on the window.

7. Add File Types to the New item menu

This trick comes in super handy if you frequently work with any specific file type and it is hard to reach. In the New option, you can add more File types that you can choose from later on. You can also add files from within the File Explorer.

  • Open the File Explorer
  • Hover to the New option and you will be presented with a list of the available types.
    In order to add a custom file type, navigate your way through the registry and paste this particular command:
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.XXX\ShellNew] “NullFile”=””
  • Replace the “.XXX’ with any desired file type such as .png, .docx, .blend etc.
  • You will be asked if you intend to make changes the registry, to which you should click Yes to proceed.
  • After reopening the File Explorer, all the new file type will become available in the New section.

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8. Remove Cloud services from the Sidebar

Now we will teach you how to get rid of the cloud service on the navigation bar, such as the OneDrive. This step also makes use of the Registry Editor. Be careful because slight problems caused here can wreak havoc on your computer.

  • Go to Search and type regedit to open the Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to the Edit option, click on Find and type in IsPinned.
  • Click Find Next.
  • After getting the results, look over to the right pane. Here, look or an item under the Name of (Default). Under the Type category look for REG_SZ. Under the Data type you should be looking for the cloud service that you want to remove from the navigation panel.
  • When you find it, double click on the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree and change the Value data to 0.
  • Click on Ok and the next time you fire up the file explorer, the cloud service will be gone for good.

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9. Quickly Rotate Pictures

The next time you want to rotate a picture, you won’t be needing any fancy editors or even the Windows Viewer. You can do with the help of the File Explorer.

  • Select your desired picture. You can also select a group of pictures.
  • After selecting any picture, another option will appear on the toolbar known as Manage.
  • Click on the Manage option and choose what type of rotation you prefer on you prefer on your pictures.
  • The selected pictures will be rotated accordingly.

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10. Extrabits

If you have read through the entire article, then congratulations. Here is some bonus content for your viewers. There are loads you can perform with the Windows File Explorer. However, Extrabits is one among the millions third party software that adds some more utility to your workplace. It will add these commands to your right click, commands such as copying a filename, Extracting a folder, delete empty folders and much more. In order to use it, simply download and install it and you will be good to go.

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These are all the best Windows File Explorer tips and tricks we have for you. If you find any difficulty following the above steps, do let us know and we will try to solve it for you. However, if you know any other tips other than these, please share with us!

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