How to block Windows Explorer But Allow a Particular Folder

You can use FocusMe to block windows explorer to prevent browsing for files and folders. Additionally, you can allow selected folders so you can still access them.

The first thing you do is either create a new plan or edit an existing one. To create a new plan, hit the “add plan” button on the upper right. To edit an existing plan, you can either right-click on the plan and select “Edit Plan” or hit the respective ellipsis on the right.

Type the name of the Focus plan (for editing existing plans, the name shows up here) then hit “Next”

You can skip the Websites page (2/6) for now. Hit “Next”.

In the Blocklist tab of the Applications page (3/6), click “Add App”.

Then in the Custom tab enter ‘.’ (without the quotes) and set the type to “Folder Location”. Then click “Done”.

Back in the Blocklist tab, tick the “RegEx” box. A “.” in Regular Expression will match everything. This means it will block all folder locations.

After that, go to the Allowlist tab.

On the Allowlist tab, you can allow the specific folder(s) you want (set the type to “Folder Location” again):

Click “Done” once you are done. It should look like this:

Note that the RegEx box is blank this time since you’re not using Regular Expression.

Go through the rest of the wizard as per your preferences. When you run the Focus plan, you will notice that it would block any folder in windows except for the one/s in the Allowlist.


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