Open File Explorer to Downloads Folder in Windows 10

There is a hidden option in Windows 10, which allows you to open the File Explorer app to the Downloads folder instead of This PC or Quick Access. While the user interface of Windows 10 doesn't allow you to enable this option, it can be done with a simple Registry tweak. Let's see how it can be done.


The target folder which opens in File Explorer can be set in Folder Options. I covered this option in detail in the following article: Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10 File Explorer.

See the following screenshot:

As you can see, there are only two options: This PC and Quick Access. The option "Downloads" is not present in the list. Let's enable it with a tweak.

Open File Explorer to Downloads Folder in Windows 10
Here is how it can be done.

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    Tip: How to jump to the desired registry key with one click.

  3. There, create a modify a 32-bit DWORD value "Launch to". Set it to one of the following values:
    1 – File Explorer opens to This PC.
    2 – File Explorer opens to Quick access.
    3 – File Explorer opens to the Downloads folder.
    The value data of 3 is not configurable through the user interface and can be set only via Registry.
  4. Now, re-open the File Explorer app. It will be opened to the Downloads folder: The Folder Options dialog will look as follows:

That's it. To undo the tweak, you can set the target folder in Folder Options to This PC or to Quick Access.

Alternatively, you can use Winaero Tweaker to save your time. It comes with the following feature:

You can get the app here:

Download Winaero Tweaker

2 thoughts on “Open File Explorer to Downloads Folder in Windows 10

  1. gilberto

    hello, I wanted to ask if you could have the command “This PC” in the right click menu, it would be helpful.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Okay, why not. I will write a tutorial how it can be done and leave a link here.

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