Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10 File Explorer

In Windows 10, File Explorer opens at the Quick Access folder by default. With build 9926, it is possible to change the File Explorer behavior and set it to Open This PC instead of Quick Access. Here is how.

How to Open This PC instead of Quick Access by default in File Explorer

Microsoft has added a new option which allows you to set File Explorer to open the This PC folder by default. You need to do the following:

  1. Open File Explorer.
    open file explorer windows 10
  2. Switch to the View Ribbon tab and click the Folder Options icon:
    folder options icon Windows 10
  3. Under the General tab in Folder options select This PC for the Open File Explorer to: drop down list:
    Windows 10 this pc by default vs quick access

You are done. Now press Win + E shortcut keys on the keyboard or just click on the File Explorer icon in the taskbar. It will open This PC for you:
this pc disable quick access Windows 10
That's it!

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer from Russia who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

37 thoughts on “Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10 File Explorer”

    1. Delete the ThisPCLauncher.exe in processes via the Task Manager, delete the file ThisPCLauncher.exe file from your startup folder and you are done.

  1. Hello Sergey
    Great site and tools.
    Any ideas/tools to enable us to
    1) Take back control of our own computers … logged in as Administrator and still unable to access some functions.
    2) Reset the file attributes sabotaged regularly by Microsoft with its present attitude towards updating our OS as they see fit..

    Thanks
    Richard

  2. I was wondering if you have a .reg or .bat file made up to change this?

    To disable Quick access recent/frequent:
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer]
    “ShowRecent”=dword:00000000

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer]
    “ShowFrequent”=dword:00000000

  3. Gd day, thank you very much for this, every day this shortcut problem was pain in the .. eye, till i finally deiced to try to check if i can swicth WIN+E, and BUM you nail it! Thanks a million!

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