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File Explorer - advice please

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8

    File Explorer - advice please


    Hello...

    Please forgive my ignorance but I've never used Windows 8 or 8.1 and am presently on a learning curve.

    I've just bought a new Lenovo G710 laptop which runs Windows 8.1 and operates superbly in all other respects

    Now: I realise the 'old' Windows Explorer is now named 'File Explorer' and I have an icon for it in my Taskbar. It opens perfectly.

    However, I'd also like to have a shortcut for it on my Desktop but can't seem to find out how.

    So, I need advice on 2 points:

    1. When I open Charms > Search > and type in File Explorer...it doesn't show up at all
    If it did, I could presumably right-click > Send to Desktop (create shortcut)
    So how can I get it to show?

    2. When I go to the File Explorer icon in the Taskbar > Properties > the Target location is greyed out...
    Where the hell is File Explorer's location?
    If I knew this then again I could right-click > Send To Desktop etc

    I'm probably missing something simple but would appreciate it if anyone could offer 'easy' suggestions to solve the above.

    Many thanks

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Kwil,

    You can create a new shortcut on your desktop using explorer.exe as the target for a File Explorer shortcut.
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    Hi Brink...thanks for taking time to reply.
    You say 'use explorer.exe' to create shortcut etc...But where or how do I find 'explorer.exe'??
    And besides, as I said, the target box is greyed out anyway and you don't mention why 'File Explorer' doesn't show in Charms > Search..is it a hidden file by any chance?
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    You can right click on your desktop, and click on New and Shortcut.

    In the location field, type explorer.exe, and click on Next.

    Type in a name (ex: File Explorer) that you want for the shortcut, and click on Finish.
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  5. #5


    You can also do it this way:

    Press the Windows key.
    Type explorer.exe.
    Right click on explorer.exe and select Open file location.
    In Windows Explorer, right click on explorer.exe and select Send to then Desktop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    You can also do it this way:

    Press the Windows key.
    Type explorer.exe.
    Right click on explorer.exe and select Open file location.
    In Windows Explorer, right click on explorer.exe and select Send to then Desktop.
    I think you have to type File Explorer and not Explorer.exe.

    Update: After "consultation" I learned that in Windows 8 both ways are OK. I only had checked it in Windows 10. Sorry.
    Last edited by whs; 17 Apr 2015 at 22:25.
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  7. #7


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    You can also do it this way:

    Press the Windows key.
    Type explorer.exe.
    Right click on explorer.exe and select Open file location.
    In Windows Explorer, right click on explorer.exe and select Send to then Desktop.
    I think you have to type File Explorer and not Explorer.exe.
    You can type either one to have it found by search.
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  8. #8


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    Hmm, I guess you are right Shawn. I was in the Windows10 system. With all those forums I am getting all confused. LOL, I will correct it.
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    Here is the Windows 10 version that I was looking at.

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  10. #10


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    Many thanks again to you all for the input.
    Pressing the Windows key only brings up the standard tile screen so can't type anything!
    By chance, though, I found the answer re: target location of File Explorer
    Here's what to do:
    Charms > Search > type: explorer (note: NOT File Explorer as I was previously doing!) > right-click 'explorer' > Open file location > this shows path as Windows 8 OS (ie C: drive) to Windows
    Now scroll down to 'explorer' in right pane > right-click > Send to desktop to create shortcut
    If Microsoft saw fit to change the old Windows Explorer to File Explorer, why not keep the name consistency when searching for it?

    Many thanks again...hope this helps those of us who are newbies to Windows 8!
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