How to open ‘My Computer’ or ‘This PC’ with a keyboard shortcut

The desktop of all versions of Microsoft Windows since Windows 95 has a “My Computer” icon that opens a handy “Windows Explorer” window when you click it.

Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 still have the “My Computer” icon, but now they call it “This PC”. They also changed the name of “Windows Explorer” to “File Explorer”.

Whatever it is called in your version of Windows, this feature is one of the most used components of Windows, meaning many of us click it multiple times a day.

Shortcut keys open “My Computer” or “This PC” quickly.

Yes, there is a super fast way to open Windows Explorer / File Explorer without touching the mouse. Just press the Windows + E key combination!

If you like the old style opening by clicking the “My Computer” or “This PC” icon, you definitely can. But what if the icon is missing from the screen? Yes, you can easily get it back.

How to put the “My Computer” icon on the Desktop in Windows 7:

1 – Right-click an empty area of the Desktop, then choose Personalize from the drop-down menu.

2 – Click on Change Desktop Icons .

3 – Check the box next to Computer in the pop-up window. You can choose to show or hide any of the icons listed inside this window just by selecting or deselecting them.

4 – Click Ok .

How to restore the “This PC” icon in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10:

1 – Right-click an empty area of the Desktop, then choose Personalize from the drop-down menu.

2 – Click the Themes link in the left-hand column.

3 – Click on Desktop icon settings.

4 – Check the box next to Computer in the pop-up window. You can choose to show or hide any of the icons listed inside this window just by selecting or deselecting them.

5 – Click Ok .

Now you know how to open “My Computer / File Explorer” with a simple keyboard shortcut