How to Create File Explorer Desktop Shortcut in Windows 10

If you wish to open File Explorer in the desktop itself, you may create a custom File Explorer desktop shortcut in Windows. Here’s how.

You are able to open the File Explorer also known as the Windows explorer in several different ways. For example, you apply the File Explorer icon around the taskbar or look for it in the Start menu. That being said, if you want to organize your desktop and open applications, files, and folders directly from there, using a dedicated File Explorer desktop shortcut will be handy. For whatever reason, Microsoft removed the Windows Explorer shortcut around the desktop in Windows 10.

Fortunately, you can easily create a desktop shortcut for File Explorer in several various ways. In this quick and simple guide, allow me to show you the steps to make a shortcut for File Explorer in Windows 10.

Note: The methods and steps given below will also operate in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

How you can create File Explorer desktop shortcut

To create a File Explorer shortcut, we first need to find the explorer.exe file and create a shortcut by using their. It’s pretty easy. Follow the steps listed below.

Right-click on the desktop and select “New Shortcut” option.
In the shortcut window, add “C:\Windows\explorer.exe” in the blank field.
Click “Next”.
Type “File Explorer” in the name field and click “Finish”.
You will have the File Explorer shortcut around the desktop.

That is all. Double-click on the shortcut and also the File Explorer will be opened immediately.

How you can add ‘This PC’ File Explorer to desktop

For Windows Explorer or File Explorer on desktop, you can also add the “This PC” icon to the desktop. This PC icon is just the My Computer renamed. Just like using the My Computer icon, you are able to open File Explorer using This PC.

Follow these steps to add This PC to Windows desktop.

Open the Settings using the “Win key + I” keyboard shortcut.
Go to “Personalization”.
Go to the “Themes” page.
Click on the “Desktop icon settings” link under “Related Settings”.
Select “Computer” checkbox.
Click “Apply” and “Ok” buttons.
As soon as you save the changes, This PC icon is added to the desktop screen.

To open File Explorer, double-click around the This PC icon. The added benefit of This PC icon is that it gives useful options within the right-click menu. For instance, you can open System Properties, map network drive, etc.

As you can see, it is pretty easy to create and add Windows Explorer shortcut to the desktop in Windows 10. Follow any of these techniques to produce the File Explorer desktop shortcut and you will be done in virtually no time. Just like any shortcut, you can simply delete them whenever you no more need their presence on the desktop. Just choose the shortcut and press the Del key on your keyboard.