Get help with file explorer in windows 11

  • To open File Explorer, select Windows logo key + E or go to Start and type File Explorer in the search box.
  • Select File Explorer in the results.

What’s changed in File Explorer Windows 11?

File Explorer in Windows 11 helps you get to the files you need quickly and easily. To check it out in Windows 11, select it on the taskbar or the Start menu, or press the Windows logo key + 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 Share in File Explorer on the ribbon. 
    • To move the location of a file or folder, select it and then select Cut  Cut in File Explorer on the ribbon. Navigate to the new location, then select Paste  Paste in File Explorer. (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.
  • File Explorer has a new, streamlined context menu, making it easier to get to popular commands. Right-click on a file to access the new context menu. For more info, see Finding items in the File Explorer context menu.

How can I share files in File Explorer?

To share a file in File Explorer on Windows 11, select the file, then select Share Share in File Explorer on the ribbon. You can also right-click (or press and hold) on the file > Share. Then, choose how you want to send the file and follow the process for that option.

Use OneDrive

If you have OneDrive files saved on your PC, there are a few ways to share them from File Explorer:

  • Get a link you can share. Select a OneDrive file or folder and select Share. Choose who you would like the link to work for, select Apply, and then select Copy link
     
  • Email a link. Select a OneDrive file or folder and select Share. Choose who you would like the link to work for, then select Apply. In the To: field, enter the names, groups, or email addresses of the people you want to share to. You can also add an optional message. Select Send to send the email.

Where are my documents in Windows 11?

Browsing to the Documents folder in Windows Explorer. Open My Computer. Double-click the C: drive.In the C: drive, double-click the Documents and Settings folder. In Documents and Settings, double-click the folder for the user’s My Documents you want to see.

Where did all my documents go on my Windows 11?

Users report that most of their missing files and folders can be found at This PC > Local Disk (C) > Users > User Name > Documents or This PC > Local Disk (C) > Users > Public.

Why can’t I access my documents in Windows 11?

You don’t have the appropriate permissions

Right-click the file or folder, and then click Properties. Click the Security. Under Group or user names, tap or click your name to see the permissions that you have. To open a file, you have to have the Read permission.

Where is Documents and Settings folder on Windows 11?

All user’s profiles are located under C:\users. Here you can find your Desktop, Documents, etc. If you need to see the C:\Documents and Settings link, first you have to enable “Show hidden files and folders” from the Folder Options in Windows Explorer.

How does OneDrive work in Windows 11?

OneDrive gives you one place to store, share, and sync your work or school files. As part of your organization’s Microsoft 365 subscription, or SharePoint Server, you can save your files in OneDrive and then work with them from almost any device.

How do I sync files between OneDrive and Windows 11?

Sync OneDrive to your computer

  • Select Start, type OneDrive, and then select OneDrive.
  • Sign in to OneDrive with the account you want to sync and finish setting up. Your OneDrive files will start syncing to your computer.

How do I make OneDrive sync automatically in Windows 11?

Or Click your libraries folder on the taskbar, right-click your OneDrive icon and from the shortcut menu, click Choose OneDrive folders to sync. Check the folders you would like to automatically update between your devices and then click OK.

How do I sync a folder with OneDrive in Windows 11?

Locate the folder you want to add, select the circle in the folder’s tile, and then select Add to my OneDrive on the top menu. Or right-click a folder and select Add to my OneDrive.

How do I link my OneDrive folder to my Windows 11?

  1. Go to Desktop Properties > Location > Move > OneDrive > New Folder, enter “Desktop,” choose Select Folder > Confirm.
  2. Syncing your desktop with OneDrive lets you access files on any device.

Why are my OneDrive files not syncing in Windows 11?

If your OneDrive is not syncing, then visit its Settings and click on the “Office” tab. From here, you need to un-check the option of “Use Office to sync Office files that I open” and save your selection by clicking the “Ok” button. Restart the drive again to fix this issue.

How do I know if my OneDrive is syncing in Windows 11?

The best way to tell if the syncing is still working is to update a file in the OneDrive folder on your computer, then look at the OneDrive icon in your system tray – it’s where the date and time are displayed.

How do I upload an entire folder to OneDrive in Windows 11?

Select the files you want to upload, and drag them to OneDrive in the File Explorer Navigation pane. Select File > Save a Copy > OneDrive – Personal.
With Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome:

  • Select Upload > Files or Upload > Folder.
  • Select the files or folder you want to upload.
  • Select Open or Select Folder.

Why is OneDrive not showing up in file explorer on Windows 11?

OneDrive not showing in File Explorer Windows 11 – If OneDrive isn’t showing in File Explorer, that might be due to your policy settings. To fix the issue, you need to go to Group Policy Editor and check if OneDrive is enabled. … However, you can fix that problem simply by installing the missing Windows Updates.

How do I make OneDrive show up in File Explorer Windows 11?

How to add OneDrive to the File Explorer

  • Click the Start search box and type “OneDrive.” When OneDrive appears in the search results, click it.
  • Enter the email address that’s associated with your OneDrive account and click “Sign in,” and then enter your password.
  • Follow the instructions to choose your OneDrive folder.

How do I add a second OneDrive account to Windows Explorer?

To add another account to OneDrive on your computer

  • Select the OneDrive cloud icon in the Windows taskbar or Mac menu bar.
  • Select Help & Settings.
  • In Settings, select Account, and then select Add an account.
  • When OneDrive Setup starts, enter your new account, and then select Sign in.

How can I see hidden files and folders Windows 11?

When File Explorer opens, click the ellipses (three dots) button in the toolbar near the top of the window. In the menu that appears, select “Options.” In the “Folder Options” window that opens, click the “View” tab. In the “Advanced Settings” list, locate the “Hidden Files and Folders” option.

How do I show hidden files and folders Windows 11?

Select View > Show > Hidden items.

  1. Open File Explorer from the taskbar.
  2. Select View > Options > Change folder and search options.
  3. Select the View tab and, in Advanced settings, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives and OK.

How do I hide files in Windows 11?

Select the file/folder that you want to hide. Right-click the folder so that the options menu will open. Click Properties from here. In the Properties menu, check the checkbox assigned to Hidden in the attributes section, then click the Apply button.

How do I show hidden files in Windows 11?

Once File Explorer is open, click the See More button (three dots) on the upper right side of the toolbar and then Options. The Folder Options window will open. Make sure to click the View tab at the top. In the “Advanced settings” list, scroll down and click the “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” button.

How do I show hidden files and folders in Windows 11?

In the search box on the taskbar, type folder, and then select Show hidden files and folders from the search results. Under Advanced settings, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and then select OK.

How to fix the issue when your file explorer is not responding on Windows 11

  • This should be quite an easy tutorial, everything you need will be listed in the description below.
  • In your start menu search, type “Task Manager”.
  • You can also use the shortcut CTRL + Shift + ESC to open it up.
  • In this window, select “File” and click on “Run new task”.
  • In this dialogue box, type “explorer” and check the “Create this task with administrative privileges” box and click on “Ok”.
  • Your file explorer will open up and it should work fine now.
  • To prevent your file explorer from not responding or crashing in the future, make sure to leave
  • your file explorer open and right-click the application’s process in the “Processes” tab.
  • Select “Properties”.
  • In the “General” tab of your explorer properties, click on “Advanced” and make sure that both “File attributes” boxes are checked, and that the “Compress and
  • Encrypt attributes” are unchecked.
  • Apply your changes, and then you can close this window.
  • Lastly, open up your file explorer.
  • Here, click on this burger menu and select “Options”.
  • In the “General tab”, change the “Open File Explorer to” option from “Quick Access” to “This PC”.
  • Under “Privacy”, these two options should also be checked.
  • Apply your changes, and then you can close this window.

Shortcuts in File Explorer in Windows 11

In addition, in order to work efficiently, here we list some shortcuts to help you better utilize the File Explorer in Windows 11:

  • Shift + Delete –delete a file or folder
  • Ctrl + D – delete file or folder to recycle bin
  • Ctrl + E – go to the search box
  • Ctrl + N – Open a new File Explorer window
  • Ctrl + W – Close the current File Explorer window
  • Alt + P – Show/Hide the preview pane
  • Alt + Enter – Display the Properties dialog box for the selected file or folder
  • Alt + Right arrow – View the folders
  • Alt + D – go to the address bar
  • Ctrl + middle mouse bottom– change the size of each file in the current window.
  • Ctrl + Shift + E – Display all folders above the selected folder
  • Ctrl + Shift + N – Create a new folder

Source: Microsoft

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