Updated: March 17, 2023
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I recently reinstalled windows 11 in my new laptop and I have noticed that the file explorer tree structure has been completely changed

Is it possible to change to my previous file structure?

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So when you open File Explorer, you have this window open, right?

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Yes. But some of the functions, such as Quick Access was located in the first column of the window screen instead it is located in the second column of thw window screen. I don't know how to configure to my previous file explorer presentation, in which I am used to before reinstalling Windows 11.


Please click the “View” drop-down button at the top of Explorer window

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At the bottom of the drop-down list, select SHOW — Navigation pane Now, your Quick Access should be all the way to left

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I got it. How to rename a folder?
How to rename a folder placed by cloud storage such as One Drive?

Simply select the folder that you wish to rename and press F2 on your keyboard.
Or, right click on your mouse, and select RENAME in the drop-down menu
Then, enter the new name

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Great!. I cannot find C drive and Users
It disappeared from structure.

I assume it used to be in your Navigation pane
Please select Navigation pane in the View drop-down menu again
I understand it that your Navigation pane used to be on the right side of your window, rather than on the left?

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You have been a great help today. Thank you so much. I am really greatful as my knowledge of Windows 11 is precarious. That's all I need. Have a great day.

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Thank you for your kind words!
I appreciate it 🙂

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Wish you a great day and good luck! 🙂

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