Despite adding a Dark Mode, the Windows 10 File Explorer stubbornly remains a rather unstylish Win32 app.
Student Luke Blevins decided to do something about it and created his own UWP File Explorer solution above, which clearly looks a lot nicer.
Luke explains in a Reddit post:
“The app is not intended to be a simple UWP clone of Windows File Explorer’s dense design, but will eventually become a high-quality, modern rewrite that incorporates new UX trends such as Fluent Design elements and minimalism. Being in high school, the problem is I just don’t have the time to work on this project as I did one year ago.”
The app is not in the store yet, and for now, to install it you need to enable developer mode, and:
- Download the package from Github.
- After extracting it to the desktop, simply open the x64 folder and install the dependencies, certificate one by one.
- Right-click on the file ‘Add-AppDevPackage’ and run it in PowerShell with administrator privileges.
- Follow the on-screen instructions in PowerShell and finally open the appx file located inside the x64 folder to install the Files UWP app.
Replacing such an important and storied app as the File Explorer is probably a lot more difficult than it appears, but when it does happen it will likely be the biggest signifier that UWP apps can do meaningful work.
In the meantime check out Luke’s Files UWP app at Github here.