Change the default start page for File Explorer on Windows 11

File Explorer Default Page

By default, File Explorer will open on the new “Home” page, which was previously known as the Quick Access page. After installing the Windows 11 2022 Update (version 22H2). This is due to the fact that this is where you will locate your most frequent items, such as folders and files. As well as your favorite pins. On the other hand, if you don’t like the new default look. You can now use the “Folder Options” settings in the updated version of File Explorer that is included with the Windows 11 2022 Update to choose between three different pages, including Home, This PC, or OneDrive. This update is available now. In this article, you will learn how to change the default start page for File Explorer on Windows 11 2022 update.

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Latest Improvement to the File Explorer in Windows 11

File Explorer in Windows 11 includes a number of improvements and new features compared to previous versions. Some of the key features of Windows 11 File Explorer include:

  • Fluent Design: The new Fluent Design system has been added to File Explorer in Windows 11. This gives the user interface a more modern look and feel.
  • Quick Access: The Quick Access feature makes it easy for users to get to the files and folders they use most often from the File Explorer home screen.
  • Integration with OneDrive: File Explorer in Windows 11 works with Microsoft’s cloud storage service, OneDrive. This lets users access their OneDrive files and manage them right from the File Explorer interface.
  • Tabbed interface: File Explorer in Windows 11 allows users to open multiple folders in a single window using tabs, similar to a web browser. This makes it easier to navigate between different folders without having to constantly switch between windows.
  • Improved search: File Explorer in Windows 11 includes an improved search function that allows users to easily find their files by name, type, or other metadata.

How to change the default start page for File Explorer on Windows 11

To change the default page that File Explorer opens on Windows 11, use these steps:

To open File Explorer, press the icon on the taskbar or press the “Windows key + E” keyboard shortcut.

Click the “See more” (three-dotted) button and select the Options item.

File Explorer

Under the General tab, click the “Open File Explorer to” drop-down menu and select one of the available options: 

  • Home (default) – Opens the new homepage. 
  • This PC – Opens the page where all the drives are located. 
  • OneDrive – Opens the OneDrive folder as long as you are logged in.
Folder Options

Click the OK button to apply the setting.

Once you complete the steps, the next time you open File Explorer, the app will open on the page you selected in the Folder Options settings. Please see the following related articles: How to use the Widgets feature on Windows 11, How to share an app window on Microsoft Teams, how to change the name of your macOS user account and home folder, and How to Share Files, Stop Sharing and Restore Previous Versions of Files on Microsoft OneDrive.


Overall, the new and improved File Explorer is a powerful and convenient tool for managing files and folders on a Windows 11 PC.

I hope you find this guide helpful on how to change the default start page for File Explorer on Windows 11. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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