How to Open File Explorer Options in Windows 11
With File Explorer Options, you can customize how the File Explorer looks and functions.
For example: sometimes, you need to enable/disable certain features of File Explorer (like showing hidden items) that you can do using this.
How to Create a File Explorer Options Shortcut
- Right-click on the blank area of your desktop or File Explorer.
- Move the mouse over “New.”
- Click on “Shortcut,” which you’ll find under “Folder.”
- When a popup appears, type control folders.
- Click Next. If you dislike the proposed name, add the name of your choice.
- Click the Finish button.
How to Disable Folder Options
Here’s how to disable File Explorer Options (also known as Folder Options) in Windows 11:
Launch Registry Editor. I suggest a Registry backup before continuing. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies > Explorer.
Right-click on the blank space in the right pane. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Enter NoFolderOptions as a name and then press the Enter key.
Double-click it and enter 1 in the Value data field. Hit the OK button. That’s it.
Note: If you want to enable it, follow the above steps, replace the 1 with 0 or remove the DWORD you created above.
Navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.
Then double-click “Do not allow Folder Options to be opened from the Options button on the View tab of the ribbon” in the right pane.
Select Enabled. Hit the OK button. That’s all.
Note: To enable it, follow the steps above, but select Not Configured or Disabled.
How to Reset File Explorer Options
- Start File Explorer Options.
- Hit the Restore Defaults button under the General tab.
- Hit the “OK” button at the bottom.
How to Open File or Folder Properties in Windows 11
Select the file or folder. Press the Alt + Enter keys together.
Right-click on the file or folder. Hit the “Properties” option.
Double-click the file or folder while holding the “Alt” key.
Select the file or folder. Click on the three horizontal dots at the top and hit “Properties.”
I hope this guide, “How to Open Folder Options in Windows 11,” is helpful to you.