If you’ve installed Windows 10 and been using it for the past two weeks you might have been unconsciously annoyed by a switch made to the Explorer view that has subtly reduced your productivity. Below is the screenshot of Windows 10 Explorer’s default view when it is opened showing ‘Quick Access’:
Fortunately with a little switch you will be able to restore the much-loved ‘This PC’ view (seen in Windows Vista to Windows 8):
Solution: restore ‘This PC’ view
Open Explorer, click on View tab and click Options:
In Folder Options window, locate ‘Open File Explorer to’ and change the option from ‘Quick access’ to ‘This PC’:
Click OK to apply the settings:
Test Explorer’s new default view. Open Explorer and it should show ‘This PC’:
Congratulations, your Explorer has become productive for you.
That was a pretty simple change. Personally I find it silly to have a Quick access list on the left panel and on the main view too. Microsoft switches things around occasionally, most things are good but for some things I just don’t get the reason (but maybe, they’re great for the average user who likes great accessibility with shortcuts rather than a Tree overview). If you’re a productivity freak like me I hope this has helped.