File Explorer in Windows 11 helps access all your files quickly and easily. To open File Explorer in Windows 11, select it on the taskbar or the Start menu, or press the Windows logo key + E on your keyboard.

  • How to use File Explorer:
    • To pin a folder to Quick access, right-click (or press and hold) the folder and select Pin to Quick access.
    • To share a file, select it, then select Share on the ribbon. 
    • To move the location of a file or folder, select it and then select Cut   on the ribbon. Navigate to the new location, then select Paste. (Note that for files and folders in Quick Access, you’ll need to right-click (or press and hold) and select Open file location before you can cut and paste.)
    • To change how items in your File Explorer appear, select View and choose between showing icons, lists, details, and more.
    • To reduce the space between files, select View > Compact view.
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File Explorer keyboard shortcuts​

Press this keyTo do this
Alt + DSelect the address bar.
Ctrl + ESelect the search box.
Ctrl + FSelect the search box.
Ctrl + NOpen a new window.
Ctrl + WClose the active window.
Ctrl + mouse scroll wheelChange the size and appearance of file and folder icons.
Ctrl + Shift + EDisplay all folders above the selected folder.
Ctrl + Shift + NCreate a new folder.
Num Lock + asterisk (*)Display all subfolders under the selected folder.
Num Lock + plus (+)Display the contents of the selected folder.
Num Lock + minus (-)Collapse the selected folder.
Alt + PDisplay the preview panel.
Alt + EnterOpen the Properties dialog box for the selected item.
Alt + Right arrowView the next folder.
Alt + Up arrowView the folder that the folder was in.
Alt + Left arrowView the previous folder.
BackspaceView the previous folder.
Right arrowDisplay the current selection (if it’s collapsed), or select the first subfolder.
Left arrowCollapse the current selection (if it’s expanded), or select the folder that the folder was in.
EndDisplay the bottom of the active window.
HomeDisplay the top of the active window.
F11Maximize or minimize the active window.


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