W10M’s File Explorer on your Surface too

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Not strictly phone-related, but there’s an interesting tie in here and one which is absolutely expected. When Microsoft created Windows 10 across all form factors, the actual user experience varied slightly at the application level, depending on what you were doing. One good example is Windows Explorer, the classic Win32 file manager, versus the simplified File Explorer UWP on the phone in Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft didn’t replace it because the newcomer couldn’t do all those geeky tricks that people loved in Windows Explorer. However, some good sleuthing over on Google+ has revealed a way to also use the familiar W10M File explorer on your touch-driven Surface or Surface Pro too – as long as it’s running the Creators Update (Redstone 2).

From Google+:

Enable Touch Friendly File Explorer In Windows 10
You can activate the touch friendly, ( tablet version ) of Windows File Explorer in Windows 10 build 15063 and above.

Just create a desktop shortcut with the string

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

Right click on desktop >> New >> Shortcut >> enter the above string in location field and click next.
And you are done.

Very cool indeed. As someone who has been trying to use Windows Explorer on my Surface Pro and occasionally struggling with the imperfect marriage of touch and a (originally) mouse-friendly UI, for many things I want to do, the full on touch-designed File Explorer is an excellent option to keep available. For clarification, on my Start menu on the Surface device, I named it ‘File Explorer UWP’ and then I can dive into whichever one is needed at that moment:

Both File Explorers on my Surface Pro Start screen

W10M and Windows 10 on Surface Pro

File Explorer UWP on both phone and Surface Pro

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Source / Credit: Google+