How to quickly locate a program's EXE file on Windows 10

How to quickly locate a program's EXE file on Windows 10

If you are doing advanced troubleshooting or configuring Windows 10 apps and need to locate the program’s EXE file in File Explorer, there’s a quick way to do so if you have access to the shortcut. Here’s how!

How to quickly locate a program’s EXE file on Windows 10

First, find a shortcut that points to the application with the EXE you are looking for, as you will need to open its properties window. If the shortcut is on the desktop, right-click it and choose Properties.

Right-click on the desktop shortcut and select Properties

If the shortcut is pinned to the taskbar, right-click on it, then right-click on its name again in the pop-up menu just above. In the menu that appears, click Properties.

Right click on it and select Properties

If the shortcut is on the Start menu, you’ll have to do a few extra steps (and this method only works with traditional Windows Desktop apps, not UWP apps). Right-click the shortcut on the app’s Start menu and choose More> Open file location .

Select More> Open file location

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

No matter how you locate the shortcut, a properties window will appear. Make sure you’re on the Shortcut tab, then click Open File Location .

Click Open File Location

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

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

What you do next depends on what you are trying to achieve. Just be careful, as modifying or moving the program’s files can cause the program to not work properly.

If you can’t find the shortcut to use

If the shortcut to the program with the EXE file you want is not easy to find, you can browse C: Program Files or C: Program Files (x86) on your machine to find the application’s main program directory. Look for a folder with a similar name to the program publisher or the name of the app itself. Open it up and you can find the EXE file you were looking for inside.

Good luck!

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