How to enable Universal File Explorer app in Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows 10 Mobile already has a built-in File Explorer app but, Windows 10 on desktop was using the old legacy File Explorer which has remained same since the Windows 7. But, now, Microsoft seems to be working on a universal File Explorer app for Windows 10 devices which will look the same across all devices.

A new version of File Explorer app has been spotted which has the aesthetics of the universal apps like windowed opening and touch-friendly user interface. Although, it is not accessible directly like regular file explorer app but, you can still get it easily using a small trick.

The file explorer app only lets you perform the basic functions like viewing different drives and partitions of your PC as well as perform the functions including Copy, Paste, Delete, Cut and Move. You can also view the details of individual files by going to properties screen but, hidden files can’t be viewed from it.

Simply follow the instructions below and you will be able to enable and use the Universal File Explorer app in your Windows 10 Creators Update PC.


Note: You must be running the Windows 10 Creators Update build 1703 or later to enable the universal file explorer.

  • First of all, go to the desktop. You can press Windows key + D to go to desktop.
  • Once on the desktop, right click om the desktop and a contextual menu will open.
  • Click New and choose Shortcut from the sub-menu.
  • The Create Shortcut window will open. Type here the following at the location of the item text box: explorer shell:AppsFolder\c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy!App
  • Press Next.
  • You would be asked to name the shortcut. Name it anything like I named it: Universal File Explorer.
  • Press Finish.
  • You would see a shortcut on the desktop named the one you choose above e.g. for me, it was Universal File Explorer. Open it like any other applications and the file explorer application will open.
  • Enjoy the new Universal File Explorer application.

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