How to Open Folder Options in Windows 11

Wondering how to open the Folder Options window in File Explorer in Windows 11? It is simple. Here is how to do it in multiple ways.

For almost every Windows user, File Explorer is the most used application. After all, File Explorer is an essential part of file management in the Windows operating system. Considering the importance of File Explorer and its use cases, it has a dedicated Folder Options tool that lets you customize how the folders and files are displayed and function in File Explorer. For example, to show file extensions, show hidden system files, etc., you have to access the Folder Options tool.

In previous versions of Windows, you can click the “Options” button on the Ribbon menu in the File Explorer to open Folder Options. However, in Windows 11, File Explorer has gone through a significant revamp, and the Ribbon menu or the old school navigation bar no longer exists. Instead of the Ribbon menu, Microsoft chose to display a simple Command Bar for quick actions. That means it can be confusing for new users to find and open Folder Options in Windows 11.

The good thing is, it is still pretty easy to open Folder Options in Windows 11. There are multiple ways to open Folder Options.

This quick and straightforward Windows 11 guide lets me show you the different ways to open Folder Options in File Explorer.

How to Open Folder Options in File Explorer

Use the below methods to open Folder Options.

  1. Use Command Bar to open Folder Options
  2. Right-click on Quick Access and Select “Folder Options”
  3. Run command to open Folder Options
  4. Open Folder Options from Control Panel

Use Command Bar to open Folder Options

The File Explorer command bar has the option to open the Folder Options tool. Here is how to find and use it.

  1. Open the File Explorer.
  2. Click on the “See more options” (…) icon.
  3. Select the “Options” option.
  4. With that, the Folder Options tool will open.
open folder options from File Explorer's see more options menu

Right-click on Quick Access and Select “Folder Options”

Did you know that you can open Folder Options from the Quick Access right-click menu? It is one of the lesser-known ways but works like a charm.

First, open the File Explorer. Next, right-click on the Quick Access option on the sidebar and select the “Options” option. As soon as you do that, the Folder Options window will open immediately.

open folder options from quick access right-click menu

Run command to open Folder Options

There is a dedicated command to launch the Folder Options tool. Here what that command is and how to run it.

Open the Run dialog box by pressing the “Windows key + R” shortcut. You can also search for “Run” in the Start menu. In the Run dialog box, type “control folders” and press the Enter button on your keyboard. As soon as you do that, the Folder Options window will open instantly.

folder options run command

Open Folder Options from Control Panel

The good-old Control Panel has a dedicated option to open the Folder Options tool.  Here is where to find the option.

First, open the Start menu, search for “Control Panel,” and click on the result to open it. After opening the Control Panel, set the “View by” to “Large icons.” Next, find and click on the “File Explorer Options.”

folder options in control panel

As soon as you click on the option, the Folder Options window will open immediately.

That is all. It is that simple open Folder Options in Windows 11.

I hope that helps.

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