5 Useful Tips When Using Windows 10 File Explorer

5 Useful Tips When Using Windows 10 File Explorer

Windows 10 arguably getting better over time. File Explorer is one of the ancient programs line made by Microsoft decades ago yet it’s getting better over time. Thanks to the regular update. The interface might look similar along of its version, but Microsoft has added several fancy features you don’t notice yet useful.

The File Explorer (also dubbed Windows Explorer) is the common program you must be used every day. Therefore, mastering the hidden tricks would improve your productivity and time collectively.


List of useful shortcut for the File Explorer

A keyboard shortcut is extremely beneficial when you regularly using the File Explorer for some activities.The following list is showing you the quickest way to interact with files, folder, and the window itself.
  • Win + E: Quickly summon File Explorer
  • Esc: Cancel file operation
  • F2: Rename
  • F2 then Tab: Rename in sequence
  • F3Ctrl + E or Ctrl + F : Navigate to Search Box
  • F4: Expand the drop-down menu of Address Bar
  • F5: Refresh
  • F6: Navigate between panel path
  • F10: Show menu bar
  • F11: Enter fullscreen mode
  • Home: Go to the first file
  • End: Go to the end of file
  • Shift + F10 or Menu key: Open context menu
  • Del: Delete specific file or folder
  • Shift + Delete: Permanent deletion
  • Enter: Launch program or open folder
  • Alt + Enter: Show Properties
  • Ctrl + X: Cut
  • Ctrl + C: Copy
  • Ctrl + V: Paste
  • Ctrl + W or Alt+F4: Close the window
  • Ctrl + Z: Undo
  • Ctrl + Y: Redo
  • Ctrl + A: Select all
  • Ctrl + N: Duplicate the File Explorer window
  • Ctrl + Shift + N: Create a new folder
  • Alt + P: Showing preview pane
  • Alt + Shift +P: Revealing details
  • Ctrl + Shift + 1: Set Extra Large icon
  • Ctrl + Shift + 2: Set Large icon
  • Ctrl + Shift + 3: Set Medium icon
  • Ctrl + Shift + 4: Set Small icon
  • Ctrl + Shift + 5: Arrange files into List
  • Ctrl + Shift + 6: Arrange files Details
  • Ctrl + Shift + 7: Arrange files into Tiles
  • Ctrl + Shift + 8: Arrange files into Content
  • Alt + Up: Go back one level up
  • Alt + Left or Backspace: Back to the previous directory
  • Alt + Right: Forward to the visited directory
  • Alt + D: Navigate to the Address Bar
  • Ctrl + Shift + E: Expand the selected folder
  • Ctrl + F1: Show/hide ribbon panel

Renaming multiple files at once

5 Useful Tips When Using Windows 10 File Explorer
In fact, you don’t need any special third-party software for renaming multiple files or folders on Windows. The File Explorer comes with built-in renaming ability
Simply by selecting any files or folders, then rename one of them and press Enter. File Explorer will automatically rename other files/folders as well by number at the end.

Rotate photo without image processing software

5 Useful Tips When Using Windows 10 File Explorer
Did you still use Paint or Photoshop to just rotating the orientation of photo? Now, please stop it. File Explorer actually had its own rotating feature, popping out when you select an image file.
Select one or more image format file, then click the Manage menu under the Picture Tools (see the window bar). From there, you can select either rotate to left or right.  The modification would remain permanent unless you change the orientation again.

Hide the Ribbon menu

5 Useful Tips When Using Windows 10 File Explorer
The Ribbon menu is one of File Explorer’s main feature since Windows 8 and Microsoft has decided to keep it alive on Windows 10. It’s basically useful yet sacrificing the dimension of the window.
In order to hide the Ribbon menu, simply by hitting the upper-arrow icon next to the Help icon or you can use CTR+F1 shortcut. The Ribbon would be disappeared, but the navigation menu still available in case you wanted to use it.

Show the Preview Pane

5 Useful Tips When Using Windows 10 File Explorer
The Preview Pane is not dead. Though Microsoft relocates the icon to activate it, the feature is still available. To activate Preview Pane on Windows 10 File Explorer, go to the View tab and enable the Preview Pane option.
So, what do you think? Which one you regularly use for your work?


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