I am running Windows XP Pro, and for some reason I cannot find Windows Explorer. I can’t find it in the Start Menu … could you point me in the right
Windows Explorer is both the hardest to find, and the easiest to find program there is. There are several ways to get it, and all of them are really, really easy.
It’s just that none of them are obvious.
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First, the “expected” location:
- Start menu
- All Programs item
- Accessories sub-menu
- Windows Explorer menu item
Not obvious, but that’s typically where you’ll find it.
And for what it’s worth, I never, ever, use that location.
Here are some of the other ways you can get to Windows Explorer, most of them much easier than that:
- If your keyboard has a “Windows Key”, then Windows+E brings up Windows Explorer.
- Right click on My Computer, and click on Explore.
- Click on Start, then Run, and enter in a folder name, like “C:”, and click OK – that will open up Windows Explorer (without the left hand navigation pane) on that folder.
- Click on Start, then Run, and enter in “explorer /e,c:folder” where “c:folder” is replaced with the folder you want to view. This is roughly the same as the previous point, except that the left hand navigation pane is visible.
If you have a directory that you like to view often in Windows Explorer, that last point can be very handy – just create a shortcut with that as the command line. For example on my Start menu I have an entry that is a shortcut to something like:
A click on that menu item, and the mp3 folder on one of my shared machines opens up.