How to Open and Use File Explorer on Windows 11

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The post provides a guide to open and use File Explorer on Windows 11 for students and new users. It differentiates File Explorer from Internet Explorer, explaining the former is for browsing files and folders on Windows. It demonstrates several ways to open File Explorer and outlines tasks users can perform, such as file deletion, renaming, and searching.

This post shows students and new users how to open and use File Explorer when using Windows 11. It also tells a bit about what File Explorer is, what it is used for, and how to get around using it.

They are alternatively referred to as Windows Explorer or Explorer, a file and folder browser found in every version of Windows. It is used to browse your PC hard drives (internal or external), folders, and files.

Before getting into File Explorer, don’t confuse File Explorer with Microsoft Internet Explorer. They are two separate apps. Internet Explorer is used to browse the internet, and File Explorer to browse Windows files and folders.

Below we’ll show you how to find, open, and use File Explorer on Windows 11 and some ways to use it.

To start reviewing File Explorer on Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to open File Explorer on Windows 11

There are several ways to open a new File Explorer window. The File Explorer button or icon is default added to Windows Taskbar. The folder icon on the Taskbar is File Explorer.

To open File Explorer, click on the Folder icon on the Taskbar as highlighted above.

File Explorer will open up and display its Quick Access content. You can click the “This PC” icon on the left to display your default folders in your home directory.

Another way to open File Explorer is by holding the Windows key and pressing E on your keyboard.

Yet another way to open File Explorer in Windows 11 is by right-clicking on the Start button on the Taskbar and selecting File Explorer, as shown below.

How to use File Explorer in Windows 11

Now that File Explorer is open, you can perform some of these tasks while using File Explorer.

And many more tasks you can perform in File Explorer.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to open and use File Explorer when using Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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  1. How to open a new File Explorer window (i.e. to compare folder contents or copy files)
    The only way I found is to press Windows+E.

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