Windows 10 Tip: How To Access the Hidden Universal Windows Platform File Explorer

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Microsoft is trying to wrap everything around in its Universal Windows Platform, aka Store App, on Windows 10, including many of the core features like File Explorer, called Windows 10 in previous Windows. Yes, you heard it right. There is already a UWP version of File Explorer existed on Windows 10, if you know how to access to it.

Before we get started, make sure you have Windows 10 version 1703 (build 15063), aka Windows 10 Creators Update, or above installed. Or, this trick will not work.

Simply press Win + R, type in the following command, and press Enter.

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

Or, you can create a shortcut on your desktop by right-clicking the desktop > New > Shortcut. And paste the following string in the location of the shortcut, give a name, and done.

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

There are 4 icons available at the bottom of the window, letting you select the folder, create a new folder, change the folder view, or search the folder or files in the current folder, respectively. Clicking the … icon brings up a few more options, refresh the folder or display the properties of the folder.

As you can tell, it’s rather a very simple stripped version of the desktop version of File Explorer and it’s far from usable at any level. But still, it’s good to know that Microsoft has put some efforts in to make this available in UWP format.

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