File Explorer's Quick Access Bar in Windows 10

How to use the Quick Access Bar in Windows 10


When File Explorer opens, you are taken to the Quick Access window by default. This allows you to immediately see frequently used and recently accessed files and folders. Thus making it easier and faster to view files than in the previous version of the File Explorer, the Windows Explorer. 


If you want a folder to appear in the Quick Access screen:


  • Right-click on the folder > Select Pin to Quick access.
  • Select the folder from the File Explorer window > Click Home tab found in the upper left of the window > Choose Pin to Quick access icon.


If you want to remove a folder from the Quick Access screen:

  • Select the folder you want to remove > right click on it >Select Unpin from Quick access.

Many users notice that when opening File Explorer, the view defaults to Quick Access which contains all the things you recently opened. If this is not beneficial for you, simply remove the default. This can be done by going to File Explorer, then clicking View > Options > Change folder then going to search options. Under the General tab of Folder Options, you will see Open File Explorer To:. Then, change the option to This PC through the dropdown box.

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Keywords:quick access   Doc ID:64868
Owner:Connie G.Group:Missouri University of Science and Technology
Created:2016-07-07 14:08 CDTUpdated:2018-07-13 08:19 CDT
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