How to Use Quick Access in Windows 10

By Ciprian Adrian Rusen

When you start File Explorer in Windows 10, it displays Quick Access, where you see a list of the folders you browse most frequently and the files that you recently accessed. This list changes over time as you use different folders.

Pin folders to Quick Access

You can always pin the folders and libraries that you want to access as quickly as possible to Quick Access. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Navigate to the folder that you want to pin to Quick Access.

  3. Select that folder by clicking on it.

  4. Click the Home tab on the Ribbon.

    The Home tab is shown.

  5. In the Clipboard section, click the Pin to Quick Access button.

    The selected folder is now listed in Quick Access.

    The Pin to Quick Access button in File Explorer.

    The Pin to Quick Access button in File Explorer.

You can also pin a folder by right-clicking it and selecting Pin to Quick Access in the right-click menu.

Unpin folders from Quick Access

To unpin a folder from the Quick Access section, open File Explorer and follow these steps:

  1. Click the Quick Access section.

  2. Right-click the folder that you want to unpin.

    The right-click menu appears.

  3. In the right-click menu, click Unpin from Quick Access.

    The selected folder is no longer listed in Quick Access.

    The Unpin from Quick Access option in the pop-up menu.

    The Unpin from Quick Access option in the pop-up menu.

Change the position of the Quick Access Toolbar

The Quick Access Toolbar is located at the top-left corner of the File Explorer window. You can see it highlighted below.

The Quick Access Toolbar.

The Quick Access Toolbar.

By default, this toolbar contains only three buttons: one for accessing the properties of the selected file or folder, one for creating a new folder, and a down-pointing arrow that opens a menu that you can use to configure the Quick Access Toolbar.

One of the menu’s options is to change the Quick Access Toolbar’s position so that it’s below the Ribbon rather than above it. Here’s how:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. In the Quick Access Toolbar, click the down-pointing arrow.

    The Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu appears.

  3. In the menu that appears, click Show Below the Ribbon.

    The Quick Access Toolbar is now below the Ribbon.

    The menu for the Quick Access Toolbar.

    The menu for the Quick Access Toolbar.

To place the Quick Access Toolbar back at the top of the Ribbon, follow the preceding steps and, at Step 3, click Show Above the Ribbon.

Add buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar

You can make the Quick Access Toolbar more useful by adding more buttons to it; for example, the Undo, Redo, Delete, and Rename buttons. In File Explorer, follow these steps for each new button that you want to add:

  1. In the Quick Access Toolbar, click the down-pointing arrow.

    The Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu appears.

  2. In the menu that appears, click the function you want to add to the Quick Access Toolbar (such as Undo, Redo, or Delete).

    Adding buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar.

    Adding buttons to the Quick Access Toolbar.