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

  • Ahmed Hassan

    Did you try to click with mouse and drag to select some items , it’s not supported yet , and still had lack functions , some functions exists at desktop explorer since windows 95 and not exists in UWP Explorer, I don’t know did Microsoft go up to future or downgrade to past.

    • Jeder

      They actually said it’s still WIP, and you decided to say that it’s “downgrade”, please learn to read.

  • KA

    UWP File Explorer is downgrade to normal Explorer.