What is File Explorer?

File Explorer is a program used to manage files and folders stored on a computer


Example of File Explorer in Windows 10

(If you are a Student) Please save your files to your OneDrive directory!

How do I create a new folder?

  1. Navigate to the location where you want the new folder.
  2. Open the "Home" tab at the top of File Explorer.
  3. Press the "New Folder" option.
  4. Name the new folder.
  5. All Done!
OR
  1. Navigate to the location where you want the new folder.
  2. Press Control+Shift+N.
  3. All Done!

How do I create a new .txt file?

  1. Navigate to the location where you want the new file.
  2. Open the "Home" tab at the top of File Explorer.
  3. Press the "New Item" option.
  4. Press the "Text Document" option in the dropdown menu.
  5. Name the new file.
  6. All Done!

How do I change a .txt file to another type?

  1. Open the file in notepad.
  2. Press "File"
  3. Press "Save as"
  4. Change "Save as type" to "All files (*.*)"
  5. Alter the "File Name" to be appended by the file extension you want. (Ex: "MyFile.html" for HTML files)
  6. All Done!

How do I zip/compress file(s) to an archive?

  1. Navigate to the file that you wish to unzip/decompress.
  2. Select/highlight said file.
  3. Open the "Share" tab at the top of File Explorer.
  4. Press the "Zip" option.
  5. Name the Zipped/Compressed file(s).
  6. All Done!

Compressing files can help with uploading them to certain sites.


How do I unzip/decompress files from an archive?

  1. Navigate to the file(s) that you wish to zip.
  2. Select/highlight said file(s).
  3. Open the "Extract" tab at the top of File Explorer.
  4. Press the "Extract All" option.
  5. Press "Extract".
  6. All Done!

Decompressing files can allow you to have full access to them.

Warning: Never extract archives from untrusted sources without prior inspection. It is possible that files are created outside of path, e.g. members that have absolute filenames starting with "/" or filenames with two dots ".."

How do I copy/cut and paste files?

  1. Navigate to the files that you wish to copy.
  2. Select/highlight said files.
  3. Open the "Home" tab at the top of File Explorer.
  4. Press the "Copy" or "Cut" option.
  5. Navigate to the folder that you wish to paste to.
  6. Open the "Home" tab at the top of File Explorer.
  7. Press the "Paste" option.
  8. All Done!
OR
  1. Navigate to the files that you wish to copy.
  2. Select/highlight said files.
  3. Press Control+C to copy.
    OR Press Control+X to cut.
  4. Navigate to the folder that you wish to paste to.
  5. Press Control+V
  6. All Done!