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.
If you have a file that you're sure you want to permanently delete (instead of having it go to the Recycle Bin) it's an ...Discover More
Microsoft is constantly updating Windows for various reasons. For most people, those updates are downloaded and installed ...Discover More
Every file has several attributes associated with it. These attributes can be turned on or off in a couple of ways and ...Discover More
FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."