Pin Items to File Explorer's Quick Access View

by Barry Dysert
(last updated July 4, 2016)

File Explorer's Quick Access view is great for navigating the file system. If there are particular files or folders that you frequent, you can pin them to Quick Access and have them be just a click away.

Pinning an item to Quick Access is very easy. Within File Explorer, navigate to the file or folder that you want to pin, right-click it, and select "Pin to Quick Access" from the Context menu. The item that you pinned doesn't move, but you'll now see it also in the Quick Access section of File Explorer. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Pinning a folder to Quick Access.

And you don't have to settle for the order in which File Explorer keeps your pinned items. You can drag/drop items within Quick Access section to place them in the order you like by clicking on an item and, while holding down the mouse button, dragging the item to another location in the Quick Access section. When you release the mouse button, the item is repositioned. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. Drag/drop a folder in Quick Access to reorder it.

Finally, if you later wish to remove an item from the Quick Access section, you right-click the item and select "Unpin from Quick Access" from the Context menu. The item still retains its availability in its original location on disk, but its Quick Access entry is removed. (See Figure 3.)

Figure 3. Unpinning an item from Quick Access.

 This tip (13452) applies to Windows 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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