This is the new File Explorer app in Windows 10

by evil_pro3 years ago

Remember the File Explorer we previously mentioned?

Shortly after we posted that article, a Twitter user found a way to launch the app.

In this article we’re going to show you some of its current features. Please keep in mind that this is an early version of the Universal File Explorer which is really similar to the one that can currently be found on Windows 10 Mobile devices.

If you don’t want to read through all of this, we’ve uploaded a video to show as much of the app as possible.

When you launch the app, you’ll see Quick Access, where you’re presented with your recently accessed folders and files.

File Explorer Quick Access

The sidebar can be expanded by clicking the Hamburger button. When expanded, it shows labels of the items in the sidebar.

File Explorer with expanded Sidebar

Notable about this is that the icon for This Device is a phone, which indicates that this is a direct x86 recompilation of the File Explorer app that we already saw in Windows 10 Mobile. It’s pretty likely that this will change in the future. The icon for the DVD Drive is an SD Card.

There are two options to display items. You can either display them as List or as Icons.

File Explorer List view

File Explorer Icon view

In the bottom row you can see buttons to do various actions, like going into selection view, creating a new folder, details and search.

You can view the properties of an element by either right clicking it and choosing Properties or pressing the .. button and selecting Properties from there.

File Explorer Properties

When creating a new folder, it asks you to enter a name for the folder before actually creating it.

File Explorer New Folder creation

Right now, you can’t run any executable files using the Universal File Explorer. It will show an error instead.

File Explorer Script launch error