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Want File Explorer when I connect 'phone

  1. #1


    Posts : 21
    Winsows 8

    Want File Explorer when I connect 'phone


    My Windows desktop displays a black screen with 'XT1039' (the version of my Moto G 4G 'phone) at the top with '0 files' and 'Select all' alongside and an empty bar at the bottom with 'Import' and 'Cancel' alongside when I connect the 'phone. I must press the Windows and 'D' keys to return to the desktop, then right-click the top left corner of the screen to close the thumbnail of the window opened by the 'phone. I have become accustomed to the routine. I should prefer it, however, if nothing happened on connection or, preferably, if File Explorer would open or flash, because that is where I want to be, invariably. Is this a Windows issue that can be changed or is it related to the 'phone about which, perhaps, I can do nothing?

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  2. #2


    Cross Plains
    Posts : 255
    Windows 10 Pro


    You can set autoplay for that device to automatically open File Explorer upon connection. To do so:

    Open control panel, then click on Autoplay. This window will come up:

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    You will see an option to set a default action for removable drives and camera storage. Im not sure which one would apply to your phone, so I would set both to auto open the File Explorer, or in my preference to take no action.

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    Try this and report back on whether or not it fixes your issue, please.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 21
    Winsows 8


    ArazelEternal
    I thank you for your constructive reply.
    I had to find AutoPlay: I obtain Control Panel through right-clicking the bottom left corner of the screen, and that method had never displayed All Control Panel Items and AutoPlay. I discovered it through Settings>Control Panel in the Charms bar. My 'phone appears under 'Devices' and, yes, File Explorer does open once I had changed the setting there. Interestingly, when I right-click the bottom left-hand corner of the screen now, then 'Control Panel', I am presented with All Control Panel Items!
    I understand, belatedly, the different Control Panel views: Category, Large icons and Small icons (continually learning!).
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  4. #4


    Cross Plains
    Posts : 255
    Windows 10 Pro


    Glad I could help.
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