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Set File Explorer to Open This PC Instead of Quick Access

This is a guide on how to set File Explorer to launch File Explorer to This PC instead of Quick Access by default for your user account in Windows 10.

This PC displays your Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music and Videos folders in addition to the usual devices and drives.

Set File Explorer launch to This PC

Set File Explorer to Open to This PC in Folder Options

In Windows 10, File Explorer opens to Quick access by default which shows your Frequent folders and Recent files. To set File Explorer to open This PC instead of Quick Access in Folder Options, here's how:

Step 1Open File Explorer by pressing Win+E on keyboard.

Open File Explorer

Step 2: In File Explorer Ribbon, click the File > Change Folder and search options.

Change folder and search options

Step 3: In the General tab, select This PC in the Open File Explorer to drop menu, and click on OK.

Open File Explorer to

Set File Explorer to Launch This PC in Registry Editor

To launch File Explorer to This PC instead of Quick Access by modifying the DWORD value below in the registry key, here's how:

Step 1:Open Registry Editor.

Press Win+E to bring up Run, type in regedit, then hit Enter key.

Open Registry Editor

Step 2: In Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

In the right pane of Advanced key, double-click on LaunchTo to modify its value data.

Explorer advanced

Then change LaunchTo DWORD for what you would like:

1 = This PC
2 = Quick access
3 = Downloads

Launch File Explorer to This PC or Quick Access