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Windows 10 v 1703 contains a new Windows File Explorer app file UWP optimized for touch devices. This article shows you how to access this hidden Explorer application. Now we don’t know if this is the final version of File Explorer, but it’s something really interesting to try. It is entirely possible that Microsoft intends to make further changes and has therefore not made it public.
New Touch-Optimized File Explorer
To access this new hidden file explorer application in Windows 10, open File Explorer and copy the following folder path to its address bar and press Enter:
Here you see one FileExplorer.exe file. If you click on it, nothing happens.
To open it, you must create its shortcut on the desktop. To do this, go to your desktop, right click on an empty field and select the’New’ option. Then select’Shortcut’ from the list of displayed options. In the Create Shortcut Wizard (16), type the following in the Location field :
Click Next, give it a name/icon and exit the program.
If you now click this desktop shortcut, the Universal App version of Windows File Explorer opens.
You can browse all your folders and files.
In the lower right corner, you can see file and folder options such as Find, Select All, Delete Selection, Rename, File Properties, Copy To, Move To, Move To, Delete, Select, Show Icons or Lost, Sort By, etc. They appear according to their relevance.
Please note that the touch-optimized version of the File Explorer makes some changes. For example, most of the interface elements that were originally part of the regular Windows explorer are no longer needed. You cannot directly enter a path or location for a file/folder, nor do you have an option to directly access file synchronization services or options to quickly access locations.
But as you can see, the basic functions remain. You can create folders, delete, move or rename files and search for them. You can also move from one location to another and view basic file properties, such as the number of files or folders on a disk.
In the taskbar, you can see that the icon differs from the existing file explorer.
You can also use the Black Theme for this file browsing application. You can find this setting under Settings > Customization > Customization > Colors.
This Explorer application first appeared in Windows Insider Build 14936 and was reported in Technet forums. It is available for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 for PC.
Try it and see how it feels.