How To View, Pin & Unpin Items To The Quick Access Section Of File Explorer In Windows 10

You surely used either File Explorer from Windows 8.1 or Windows Explorer from Windows 7, so you know that both these file managers offered a section called Favorites where you could place any folder, library or drive that you wanted to be able to quickly access. In Windows 10, the Favorites section was revamped and now bears the simple name of Quick access. While you can still pin or unpin items to it, Quick access also got a few other features. In today's article we'll take a closer look at what the Quick access section is all about, so let's start:

Which Are The New Features Brought By File Explorer's Quick Access

As we briefly mentioned, Quick access offers the same options as the Favorites section from Windows 8.1's File Explorer or Windows 7's Windows Explorer. That means you can still pin or unpin folders, libraries or drives to this section, so that they are quickly available to you. However, the Quick access section from Windows 10's File Explorer also has new capabilities:

Quick access is able to track and display lists of folders you frequently open and files you recently used.

These lists can prove to be helpful from a productivity point of view, as all the files you recently used or folders you often access are easily available right from the start. By default, the first thing you see when you open File Explorer is the Quick access section.

How To Pin Folders, Libraries And Drives To File Explorer's Quick Access

In order to pin a folder, a library or even a drive to the Quick access section from File Explorer, you must first navigate to that item.

Once you've located the folder, library or drive you want to pin to Quick access, select it and right click or tap and hold it until the contextual menu is displayed. Then, click or tap on the Pin to Quick access option.

In an instant, the selected item will be pinned to the Quick access section from File Explorer.

There's also a slightly faster way to pin folders, libraries or drives to Quick access. After you've located the item you want to pin, simply drag and drop it onto Quick access. However, be careful to drop the item exactly on the Quick access and not on any of the elements pinned to it. If you don't do that, you might only get a shortcut to your item placed inside one of the other pinned folders, libraries or drives.

There's also a third way we know for pinning items to Quick access. Navigate to the folder, library or drive you want pinned and open it. Right click or tap and hold on Quick access until the contextual menu appears and then click or tap on Pin current folder to Quick access.

A small quirk we found here is the fact that it doesn't matter if you want to pin a folder, a library or a drive: Windows 10 will always give you the same option Pin current folder to Quick access, even if you want to pin a library or a drive.

How To Unpin Folders, Libraries And Drives From File Explorer's Quick Access

To unpin an item, open Quick access and then launch the contextual menu of the item you want unpinned, with a right click or a long tap on it. Then, click or tap on Unpin from Quick access.

Note that you can also do this action straight from the Quick actions pane, by following the same steps: open the item's contextual menu and select Unpin from Quick access.

Conclusion

The Quick access feature from Windows 10's File Explorer is a step forward when it comes to the old Windows 7 or 8.1 Favorites. The same useful features are kept, but new ones are being pushed into it. As you'll see, Quick access might not be spectacular in any way, but it will prove to be a very useful feature. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to use the comments form below.