- Using the Explorer Window
- Changing the Explorer Window View
- Using the Ribbon
- Choosing Commands
- Opening and Viewing This PC
- Viewing and Opening Documents
- Working with Libraries
- Working with Personal Folders
- Navigating Between Folders
- Viewing the Folders List
- Changing the Explorer Layout
- Customizing the Navigation Pane
- Organizing Files by Headings
- Sorting and Grouping Files
- Searching for Files and Folders
- Saving a Search
- Changing Search Options
- Modifying the Index to Improve Searches
- Adding Properties and Tags to Files
- Creating and Renaming Files and Folders
- Copying and Moving Files and Folders
- Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders
- Changing File and Folder List Views
- Hiding Files and Folders
- Changing Folder Options
- Customizing Library Folders
- Customizing Personal Folders
- Sharing Folders or Files with Others
- Compressing Files and Folders
- Managing Files Using a CD or DVD
- Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder
File Explorer commands are organized in groups on the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar. Commands are available as buttons or options on the Ribbon, or as menus on button or option arrows or the File tab. The Quick Access Toolbar displays frequently used buttons that you may be already familiar with from other Microsoft programs, while the File tab on the Ribbon displays file related menu commands. In addition to the File tab, you can also open a shortcut menu with a group of related commands by right-clicking or tap holding an element.
Choose a Menu Command Using the File Tab
- In File Explorer, click or tap the File tab on the Ribbon.
- If the command is followed by an arrow, point to the command to see a list of related options.
Click or tap a command.
Choose a Menu Command from a Shortcut Menu
In the desktop or File Explorer, right-click or tap-hold an icon.
Click or tap a command on the shortcut menu. If the command is followed by an arrow, point to the command to see a list of related options, and then click or tap the option you want.