Quick Access is a star-shaped icon located in the sidebar of File Explorer. It is a feature built into Windows File Explorer that allows users to quickly navigate to a desired folder or file on their device.
Instead of browsing through numerous folders and searching for files on their devices, users can use this feature in File Explorer to quickly navigate to the desired file or folder.
This feature helps users increase their productivity and provides easy access to data. Here, we’ll show you how to add your most used folders for quick access.
How to pin a folder to quick access in Windows?
It is possible to pin as many folders as you want that can be accessed from the quick access folder. However, only 50 pinned folders will be visible in the quick access sidebar. Also, you cannot add executable files, applications, images, or programs in Quick Access.
You can use the following methods to pin a folder to the Windows quick access menu.
From the side navigation bar
To pin a folder to Quick Access from File Explorer, first:
- open file explorer pressing the button windows key + me
- Navigate to the folder you want to pin
- In the left sidebar, the right button of the mouse in the folder and select Pin current folder to quick access
The desired folder will now be accessible in Quick Access.
From the folder menu
You can also pin a folder for quick access from the menu accessed by right-clicking on the folder. To do this:
- press the windows key + me to open File Explorer
- Navigate to the folder you’d like to pin Quick Access to
- Right click on the folder and select Pin to quick access
Your desired file or folder will be pinned in the sidebar.
Drag and drop
You can also drag and drop the folder or file you want to Quick Access to make it accessible from there. To do this:
- Open File Browser
- Go to the file or folder you want to pin to Quick Access
- Click on the folder and drag to Quick access list located in the left sidebar of File Explorer
Your folder will now be accessible from the quick access menu.
From the File Explorer toolbar
To add the desired file or folder to quick access from the File Explorer toolbar:
- Open File Explorer by pressing the button windows key + me together
- Navigate to the desired folder
- Open the folder and click on the dotted menu located in the top toolbar of File Explorer
- From the dropdown menu, select Pin to quick access to pin the folder or file for quick access
Now you can directly access the file or folder from the quick access menu
How to remove the folder from quick access?
Sometimes users may notice that the quick access in their file explorer has files that they don’t need. In such cases, Windows offers users the option to remove these Quick Access folders.
To remove the files, use the following method:
- Open the file explorer by pressing the button windows key + me
- In the Quick access menu, the right button of the mouse in the folder you want to delete
- From the pop-up menu, select Unpin from quick access
The folder or file will be unpinned and removed from the quick access menu
Why is the Quick Access Sidebar not showing on my device?
The sidebar may not be displayed because the navigation panel has been disabled on your system. To enable the sidebar navigation on your device:
- Open file explorer and click View located on the toolbar
- In the dropdown menu, click Show and click navigation pane
The sidebar will now be visible.
Does unpinning a quick access file delete it?
Deleting a file from quick access does not delete it. However, if you click Delete from Quick Access, the folder will be deleted.