Windows 10 V1703: Using a touch optimized Explorer app

Microsoft delivers Windows Explorer (explorer.exe) in Windows 10 Creators Update as a file manger. But there is an undocumented, touch optimized file manager app on board. Here are a few details how to use it.


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Windows Explorer is well known, this file manager can be accessed via an task bar’s icon or via the desktop icon This PC.

But on touch screens, this file manager isn’t the best choice. While Microsoft has shipped a file manager app in previous Windows 8, similar apps for Windows 10 are offered by third party developers. But Windows 10 Version 1703 contains a touch optimized file manager app within the path:

C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.FileExplorer_cw5n1h2txyewy

Here is, how this app locks currently:


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The app has a burger menu and some buttons in the footer to handle primitive file operations. Also a context menu to copy, move, rename or delete files is suported.

How to use this app?

Using C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.FileExplorer_cw5n1h2txyewy via double clicking to launch this app doesn’t work. Martin Brinkmann from ghacks.com has found this SemperVideo and published the details to use the new file manager. We nee a desktop shortcut with the following command:

explorer shell:AppsFolder\c5e2524a-ea46-4f67-841f-6a9465d9d515_cw5n1h2txyewy!App

to invoke the new app. Right click to a free part of your Windows 10 desktop and select context menu commands New/Shortcut. Then add the command given above for this shortcut and set a name for your desktop shortcut. Then a double-touch to this desktop icon invokes the new file explorer app.


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