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10 Ways to Open File Explorer: Fix 'Where is File Explorer on My Computer'

Updated by Tracy King on Jan 21, 2022
Written by Roxanne
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File Explorer, aka Windows Explorer, is a file manager application that features to access your files and folders quickly. On many PC guides, the steps often start with "Open File Explorer"  without extra tips or a lack of available options for your PC. Where is File explorer on my computer? How can I open it? Don't frown. Read on to get 10 Ways to open file explorer now!

10 Ways to Make File Explorer Open:

Method 1. Use Shortcut to Find File Explorer
Method 2. Locate File Explorer from Taskbar
Method 3. Open File Explorer by WinX Menu (Power User Menu)
Method 4. Use Search Box
Method 5. Check Start Menu to Run File Explorer
Method 6. Apply the Run box
Method 7. Run Command Prompt
Method 8. Use PowerShell
Method 9. Access File Explorer from Task Manager
Method 10. Run This PC

Method 1. Use Shortcut to Find File Explorer

Press Windows icon and E on your keyboard at the same time. Then your File Explorer will pop up. But some users reflected "keyboard shortcuts not working" error, you can apply the fixed steps below or move to method 2.

Fix Keyboard Shortcuts Not Working via Re-enable Windows Key HotKeys

Step 1. Right-click the Windows icon on your taskbar and select "Run" from the list.

Step 2. Type gpedit.msc on the box and click OK.

Step 3. Follow this path to expand tab: User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer > Locate "Turn off Windows Key hotkeys".

turn off windows key hotkey 1

Step 4. Double-click "Turn off Windows Key hotkeys" > Change to "Disabled" or "Not Configured".

turn off windows key hotkey 2

Step 5. Click Apply and OK.

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Method 2. Locate File Explorer from Taskbar

No matter what Windows version you are using, Windows 10 or the newest Windows 11, the File Explorer icon will pin on the taskbar by default. This icon is shaped like a folder. Click it to open.

find file explorer from taskbar

Method 3. Open File Explorer by WinX Menu (Power User Menu)

Windows groups some main features in the menu, so you can directly go for File Explorer, Device Manager, Task Manager, Disk Management, and more.

winx menu

  • For Desktop users, right-click the Start icon on the bottom-left side and choose File Explorer.
  • For Touchscreen users, move to desktop and hold the Start icon.

Method 4. Use Search Box 

Whenever you have no idea about how to get File Explorer, you can write words on the search box. Click the search box and type "File Explorer". And then you can check the best match result. Click File Explorer to open it.

find file explorer from search box

Note: Right-click File Explorer and choose to pin on the taskbar or start. Next time, you can directly go to your destination withing word typing. Get details on Method 5.

pin to start or taskbar

Method 5. Check Start Menu to Run File Explorer

If you ever pin File Explorer on the Start menu, it is time to use it.

You can click the Windows icon from the taskbar and check the File Explorer on the right side.

open file explorer from start menu

Method 6. Apply the Run box

You can also apply the Run box to wake the target app.

Step 1. Press Windows + R to launch the Run box.

Step 2. Type "Explorer" and click OK. Then File Explorer will open.

launch Run box

Method 7. Run Command Prompt

If you are familiar with the command line, it is easy to launch any application on your devices.

Step 1. Open the search box and type cmd. Click to open it.

Step 2. Input command line - explorer and press Enter.

open file explorer by cmd

Then you can open File Explorer.

Method 8. Use PowerShell

Same as cmd, you can type the command line on Powershell to reach the app.

Step 1. Type PowerShell on the Windows search box.

Step 2. When the PowerShell opens, type explorer and press Enter.

open file explorer by powershell

Step 3. Then File Explorer will open.

Method 9. Access File Explorer from Task Manager

Step 1. Right-click the Windows icon and select Task Manager.

Step 2. Click the File tab on the top-left side. Select the "Run new task".

open file explorer by task manager

Step 3. Then the Create new task window appears, Type Explorer on the box. Click OK to go on.

open file explorer by task manager

Method 10. Run This PC 

"This PC" is a useful app to reach all your files, folders, apps stored on the computer. So it is also a common method to find and open File Explorer.

Step 1. Open This PC from Desktop.

Step 2. Click C drive and scroll down to find explorer.exe

open file explorer via This PC

Step 3. Click explorer.exe and you can make File Explorer open.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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Written by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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