What is the difference between the Favorites and the Quick Access?

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    What is the difference between the Favorites and the Quick Access?

    In the File explorer there is the Favorite folder.
    I can add folder links there to access tem after. The bad thing about it is that I can not unfold it to directyl access targets inside.
    so every time I need to access one of my favorites I have to first navigate to the favorites and than to the target folder.
    Further if there is a lot of content in the explorer navigation bar - the favorites are not pinned - so I first have to scroll to the top, so o fast access to the favorites the second way.

    Additionally there is something like Quick access.
    But I don't know how to use this - I can pin folders to the quick access - but they do not show up anywhere.
    Should they?
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    I don`t even use Quick Access, I go into File Explorer Options in the Control Panel and have Explorer open to This PC instead.

    And of course pin File Explorer to the Taskbar, I put it right next to the Windows Start Icon (whatever we call it)
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    AddRAM said: View Post
    I don`t even use Quick Access, I go into File Explorer Options in the Control Panel and have Explorer open to This PC instead.
    And what is the benefit of this - I mean the benefit of using something called favorite/quick access would be to access faster the folders I like, no matter how deep they are nested.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    Hello Paul,

    "Quick Access" is basically just the replacement for "Favorites" in Windows 10.

    Pin or Unpin Quick Access Locations in Windows 10
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    Favourites/Bookmarks are Web Browser shortcuts to websites.

    Quick Access is to Folders on your drives.

    Shortcuts can be to Folders/Files/Websites. I use loads of these (with arrow) as you don't delete stuff accidently just the shortcut. Some are also pinned as a Start Tile.

    I don't use Quick Access, or Libraries, just confuses the display of File Explorer.

    It is a personal users choice as to what is least confusing.
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  6. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 and Pro x86

    In Windows 7, MS quite confusingly started using the term Favorites both for what we now call Quick access and for saved website .url files in a set of folders called Favorites. I suspect that it is this re-use of the same term that has led to your question.

    In Windows 10, Quick access is a way of getting easy access in File explorer to folders of your choice. Just by way of example, in my Quick access I have Documents, Desktop, This PC & a folder I call PhoneHub.

    In Windows 10, Favorites is a set of folders containing saved IE .url shortcuts to website addresses. Just by way of example, in my Favorites I have .url shortcuts to this forum, some online shops, bus & train timetables,

    In Windows 10, Favorites is also a set of saved web addresses held within Edge's own database.
    [IE Favorites can be imported into Edge where they are still called Favorites but their link to the original set of Favorites folders is broken - IE Favorites & Edge Favorites therefore diverge as each is independently changed by IE/Edge.]

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