How To: Use Quick Access in Windows 10's File Explorer

How To: Use Quick Access in Windows 10's File Explorer

File Explorer, of course, is still around in Windows 10. And, while it looks and acts somewhat the same as in previous version of Windows, there are some improvements.

One of those areas of improvement is a new Quick Access component. Quick Access gives you an area in File Explorer to better organize your PC life, but also help you locate recently accessed files and folders. As you use your PC, Windows 10 will continue to keep record of your file activities and automatically update the list.

But, who knows better than you what's most important? Quick Access is also customizable in that you can pin folders from anywhere in the Windows 10 file system to the Quick Access area. This enables you to create your own personal folder structure and have quick access to them without having to traipse through the ever-burgeoning number of files and folders.

To do it…

  1. With File Explorer open, locate the folder you want to pin to Quick Access.

  2. Tap or click the Home tab at the top of File Explorer and tap or click the Pin to Quick access option.

That's it. Quick and easy and the adjustment is immediate.

Windows 10 doesn't actually copy the entire folder to Quick Access, but rather simply inserts a placeholder.

Don't like how File Explorer opens every time to Quick Access? Windows 10 offers one other option. How To: Change How Windows 10 File Explorer Opens

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