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

File Explorer, also known as Windows Explorer or Explorer is a file and folder explorer found in all versions of Windows. It is used to explore and manage the drives (internal or external), folders and files on your PC.

Before even entering File Explorer, do not confuse File Browser with Microsoft Internet Explorer. They are two independent applications. Internet Explorer is used for browsing the Internet and File Explorer for searching Windows files and folders.

Next, we will show you how to find, open and use File Explorer in Windows 11 so that you understand its function.

The new Windows 11 comes packed with many new features with a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corner windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

If you’re excited about Windows 11, keep reading posts about it.

To start checking File Explorer in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to open File Explorer in Windows 11

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

To open File Explorer, click the File on the taskbar as highlighted above.

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

Another way to open File Explorer is to hold down the Windows wrench

Press the Windows keyand press me on your keyboard.

Yet another way to open File Explorer in Windows 11 is to right-click on the Start on the taskbar and selecting File Browser 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 things you can do in File Explorer.

You should do that!


In this tutorial we have seen how to open and use File Explorer when using Windows 11. If you find any errors above, please use the comment form below to report.

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