Windows 10: Change default File Explorer View


win10This small tip is for those users of Windows 10 who miss the “This PC” or “My Computer” File Explorer view of previous versions. In Windows 10, it opens the File Explorer with its default view as “Quick Access” view which is introduced in this version of Windows.

It is a very useful feature as you can view your most frequent and recent files and folders grouped under two sections. Check this sample screenshot:

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I like this feature and will continue to use as such but if you don’t like it and want the File Explorer to be opened as “This PC” view as it was there in the previous versions of Windows then check following steps –

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Click on View menu
  3. Click on Options in the ribbon below the menu bar. It should open a popup window Folder Options
  4. In the General Tab, change the drop down selection- Open File Explorer to : Quick access to
    Open File Explorer to : This PC
  5. Click Apply
  6. That’s all !

Check following screenshot-

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Hope, you liked this post. Would love to read your thoughts on  this.

Thanks ! 🙂

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Windows: Copy only files recursively from a folder containing sub folders


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What this post is all about?
This post is basically to serve a way to copy all or some files at once from a folder containing one or multiple sub-folders.

Which OS are supported?
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

What is the situation, by the way? Can we have an example ?
Let’s create two folders named Folder1 and Folder2 on desktop. Then copy some files in to Folder1. Create few sub-folders inside this folder and again copy few files to each of the sub-folders. Now what we may want to do are:

  • Copy all the files from Folder1 and its sub-folders to Folder2
  • Copy specific types of files from Folder1 and its sub-folders to Folder2

Is there any solution to this requirement?
Yes ! 🙂

Is it a simple one?
Yes ! Very much. Indeed, You know this already 😛 .It’s just a simple trick to what you already know.

Then you are waiting for what? Show me !
Okay. I have few pdf files in each level of the folder hierarchy in Folder1 as shown the fig. below .
a1     a2   a3

Now I want all these pdf files to be copied to a4Folder2 at once. Here is the trick then: open Folder1 and search for *.*

Select all files (by pressing CTRL+A) and exclude all the sub-folders, copy (CTRL+C) and paste (CTRL+V) on Folder2 . This solves our first purpose.

For the second purpose, you only need to change the search pattern to *.<file extension> instead of *.* .For Example- *.pdf . This will list only the pdf files automatically excluding the sub-folders.

Hopefully you liked reading this little post. I really welcome all kind of feedbacks and suggestions.

Thanks for reading !