How to Add Quick Access Folders to Windows Explorer

If you use Windows 10, chances are that spend you spend a fair amount of time combing through your folders in Windows Explorer. However, if you need to access a directory that's several levels away from your C drive, you could end up clicking 20 times to get there. Fortunately, Windows Explorer has a shortcut bar called "Quick Access" in its left pane (In Windows 7, the same bar is called "Favorites."). You can pin frequently accessed folders to this list so that something like the DCIM photos folder on your favorite SD card is only one click away.

How to Add Quick Access Shortcuts.

1. Open Windows Explorer. You can get it by hitting Windows Key + E or by clicking its shortcut on the taskbar.

2. Navigate to the folder you want to make a shortcut to.

3. Right-click it and select Pin to Quick Access.

The folder will appear at the bottom of the Quick Access list.

How to Reorder Quick Access Shortcuts

By default, the Quick Access shortcuts appear in the order in which you added them, not by importance or alphabetical rank. To move a shortcut up or down, click on its folder and drag and drop it at another point on the list.

How to Delete Quick Access Shortcuts 

1. Open Windows Explorer.

2. Check to see if Explorer has already opened to the Quick Access list. You can tell by looking at the address bar.

3. If Quick access is not the open folder, right-click on the Quick access icon and select "Open in new window."

4. Select any shortcuts you want off of the list, right-click and select Unpin from Quick Access. You can select multiple shortcuts at once if you want.

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