Sunday, July 9, 2023

Can Google Chrome Replace Your File Explorer?

Do you use Google Chrome as your default web browser? 

Do you ever find yourself switching between your web browser and your file explorer?

Here's a Cool Tip: use Google Chrome as a file explorer.

That's right, you can use Chrome to browse your local files, just like you would with Windows Explorer or Finder.

Using Chrome as a file explorer is a great way to quickly and easily access your local files. 

It's also a good option if you're looking for a way to open files that your default file explorer can't open.

Here's how to use Chrome as a file explorer:

  • Type "c:/" (without the quotes) into the Google Chrome address bar
  • Press Enter
  • This will open a window called "Index of C:," which is an index of all computer files found on your C drive. 
  • From there, you can browse through the folders, much like using File Explorer or Finder.
  • Double click on the "Users" folder to find your login.  Your files will be here in numerous folders, including OneDrive if you are using Office 365.
Google Chrome Used as File Explorer
fig.1 - Google Chrome Used as File Explorer

But wait, there's more!

You can also use Chrome to open files directly from the browser. 

  • For example, if you have a PDF file saved on your computer, you can type "file:///c:/path/to/pdf.pdf" into the address bar and press Enter. 
  • This will open the PDF file in Chrome.
  • Try using Chrome as a file explorer today!


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