Switching Windows 10 Explorer default view

Switching Windows 10 Explorer default view

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’:

Windows 10 Explorer's default view when it is opened showing 'Quick Access'
‘Quick Access’ – Windows 10 Explorer’s default view

Fortunately with a little switch you will be able to restore the much-loved ‘This PC’ view (seen in Windows Vista to Windows 8):

The much-loved 'This PC' view (seen in Windows Vista to Windows 8)
‘This PC’ has been default Explorer view in Windows vista – Windows 8

Solution: restore ‘This PC’ view

Steps to follow:

1 Open Explorer, click on View tab and click Options:

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’:

In Folder Options window, locate 'Open File Explorer to' and change the option from 'Quick access' to 'This PC'

3 Click OK to apply the settings:

Click OK to apply the settings

4 Test Explorer’s new default view. Open Explorer and it should show ‘This PC’:

Test Explorer's new default view. Open Explorer and it should show 'This PC'

5 Congratulations, your Explorer has become productive for you.

Conclusion

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.