How to enable the UWP File Explorer on Windows 10

UWP File Explorer on Windows 10

Microsoft appears to be focused on improving the desktop
File Explorer but the software maker is quietly
testing UWP File Explorer for Windows 10. The UWP File
Explorer is still believed to be actively developed and it’s
scheduled to launch with Windows Core OS.

UWP File Explorer is not directly available for users but
there’s an easy way to enable the modern file manager on
Windows 10. Without any further ado, here’s how you can install
the UWP File Explorer on Windows 10.

How to access the UWP File Explorer on Windows 10

  • Right-click the desktop and create a new shortcut.
  • In “Create shortcut” wizard, enter the following part in
    the location box:
  • explorer
  • Click Next and name the shortcut as UWP File Explorer.
  • Click finish to complete creation of new shortcut that
    basically gives you access to the modern file manager

You can now double-click the shortcut to launch the UWP File
Explorer which has a modern look. You’ll notice that the file
manager has a more mobile-friendly interface and it’s also
touch-friendly thanks to the large folder icons and new toolbar
located at the top-right corner.

UWP File Explorer interface

The UWP File Explorer lacks many features and it’s not even
close to the likes of the desktop File Explorer but the company
is working on major improvements and some new features
were recently added with Redstone 5 update. It’s worth noting
that Universal File explorer is not supposed to replace the
current file manager in Windows 10 and it’ll arrive with the
rumoured Windows Core OS.

The UWP version of the File Explorer is not ready just yet and
the existing implementation is still a work in progress.
Microsoft is still developing the file manager and it should be
released next year with the company’s modular operating system.

Windows Core OS, the modular version of Windows 10 is
reportedly arriving next year and it will power the dual-screen
Andromeda mobile devices.

The modern file manager is already available on Windows 10
Mobile devices with similar look and features. It remains
to be seen when Microsoft makes the new File Explorer available
for everyone, but in the meantime, you can enable it on your
device if you’re interested.

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