By default, File Explorer opens to the home page, but did you know you can change it to open another page? Here’s how!
File Explorer is a central part of Windows 11, or any version of Windows for that matter. It lets you manage all your files, and it doesn’t need more explanation than that. You’ve probably noticed that in Windows 11, File Explorer launches to a page called Home by default, where you see pinned folders and files, as well as files you’ve recently opened or created. But what if you want to change File Explorer to start on a different page by default? You can!
Indeed, Windows 11 gives you three options if you want a different start page for File Explorer: Home, This PC, or your OneDrive folder. This PC is where you can see drives connected to your computer, including internal drives, USB drives, and network locations. Meanwhile, your OneDrive folder is where all the files stored in the cloud on your OneDrive account are located. Here’s how to change this setting.
- Open File Explorer.
- From the menu bar at the top, click the three-dot icon and choose Choice.
- In the Options window, open the drop-down menu next to Open File Explorer to, and choose the option you prefer. As mentioned above, the options are Home, This PCor your OneDrive folder, which will be labeled with your name and indicate whether it’s a personal or business OneDrive account. In our example, it is called Joao – Staffbut it will be different for you.
- Click on ALL RIGHT.
Yes, it’s as simple as that. From now on, whenever you open File Explorer – assuming you’re not opening a specific folder – it will default to the page you selected. If you don’t like it, you can always change it, so there’s no harm.
Want to get the most out of your Windows 11 machine? We have some additional guides, such as using Start menu folders on Windows 11 version 22H2.