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:
Open File Explorer to Downloads Folder in Windows 10
Here is how it can be done.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
- 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.
- 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.
You can get the app here: