How to reopen folders during startup on Windows 10

On Windows 10, if you usually work with the same set of folders, instead of having to reopen them manually every time you sign into your account, you can enable an option that allows File Explorer to remember and resume your opened folders at startup automatically.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to configure File Explorer to reopen the previous folder windows during startup to quickly get back to the files you're working.

How to restore previous folder session in File Explorer

To enable File Explorer to remember and open the previous folder session, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer (Windows key + E).
  2. Click the View tab.
  3. Click the Options button.

  1. Click the View tab.
  2. Under "Advanced settings," check the Restore previous folder windows at logon option.

  1. Click the Apply button.
  2. Click the OK button.

Once you've completed the steps, the next time you restart your device, your previous folder session will reopen automatically during startup.

We're focusing this guide on Windows 10, but you can use the same instructions to restore your previous folders on Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and older versions of the OSd.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10 visit the following resources:

Mauro Huculak

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.