How to quickly find program EXE files in Windows 10

How to quickly find program EXE files in Windows 10

If you’re doing advanced troubleshooting or configuration of a Windows 10 app and need to locate the program’s EXE file in File Explorer, there’s a quick way to do it if you have access to a shortcut. Here’s how.

First, look for the shortcut leading to the application whose EXE you need to find, as you will need to open its properties window. If the shortcut is on your desktop, right-click it and select “Properties.”


If the shortcut is pinned to your taskbar, right-click and then right-click the name again in the menu that appears directly above it. In the menu that appears, click “Properties.”


If the shortcut is in the “Start” menu, you have more hurdles to get past (and this method only works with traditional Windows Desktop Applications and not UWP applications). Right-click the app’s “Start” shortcut menu, and choose More> Open file location.


This will open a File Explorer window pointing to the actual application shortcut file. Right-click on the shortcut, and select “Properties.”

No matter how you find the shortcut, the properties window will appear. Make sure you are on the “Shortcuts” tab, then click “Open File Location”.


You will be taken directly to the EXE location in File Explorer.


What you do next depends on what you want to achieve. Be careful there – changing or moving program files can make it malfunctioning.

If You Cannot Find a Shortcut to Use

If a shortcut to a program whose EXE you want to find isn’t easily available, you can browse C: \ Program Files or C: \ Program Files (x86) on your machine to find the application’s main program folder. Look for a folder with a name similar to the program’s publisher, or the name of the app itself. Open it up, and you may find the EXE you’re looking for in it. Good luck!

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