Cannot pin Desktop to Quick Access folder in Explorer

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  1. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 64
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    Cannot pin Desktop to Quick Access folder in Explorer


    Hi, opened up the file explorer, quick access pinning works fine for all other folders, but I cannot pin the Desktop folder in there.

    It shows up in the folders pane on the left, (I have to scroll a way up to find it..) but using the 'pin to quick access' button in the Home tab doesn't pin it, neither does right clicking the Desktop in the folders pane and selecting the same from the context menu.

    Can anyone help? Cheers.
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  2. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 17,822
    Windows 10
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    SoxmisUK said:
    Hi, opened up the file explorer, quick access pinning works fine for all other folders, but I cannot pin the Desktop folder in there.

    It shows up in the folders pane on the left, (I have to scroll a way up to find it..) but using the 'pin to quick access' button in the Home tab doesn't pin it, neither does right clicking the Desktop in the folders pane and selecting the same from the context menu.

    Can anyone help? Cheers.
    Try dragging it to Quick Access, or
    navigate to the Desktop Folder itself, then right click on Quick Access and choose 'Pin current folder to Quick Access'.
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (21H1) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    SoxmisUK said:
    ... I cannot pin the Desktop folder in there.
    It shows up in the folders pane on the left, (I have to scroll a way up to find it..) but using the 'pin to quick access' button in the Home tab doesn't pin it, neither does right clicking the Desktop in the folders pane and selecting the same from the context menu.
    You need to see the full path to the desktop folder to be able to pin it.

    Start at 'This PC' and find the C:\Users\yourname\ folder. You will see your Desktop folder in there. You can right-click on that one and pin it to Quick access.
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  4. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 64
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Bree said:
    You need to see the full path to the desktop folder to be able to pin it.

    Start at 'This PC' and find the C:\Users\yourname\ folder. You will see your Desktop folder in there. You can right-click on that one and pin it to Quick access.
    I forgot to mention that.. It's not there. When I navigate through the usual route it doesn't exist under users\myname\ it's just not there.. But it does exist in the file explorer sidebar..

    Weird huh? Oh 2nd thing I tried was dragging it, nope, it won't drag either..
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  5. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 20,721
    10 Home x64 (21H1) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    SoxmisUK said:
    When I navigate through the usual route it doesn't exist under users\myname\ it's just not there.. But it does exist in the file explorer sidebar...
    Well, you obviously do have a desktop somewhere, you just don't know where! Windows allows you to move your desktop, you probably did that some time ago and forgot about it.
    Move Location of Desktop Folder in Windows 10

    To find its full path, create a New folder on the desktop, then double-click on it to open it in File Explorer. You should see this...

    Cannot pin Desktop to Quick Access folder in Explorer-finding-desktop-1.png

    Now click on the empty space in the address bar to the right of the name 'New folder'. The address bar should now show the full path. When you know where to look for it you should be able to pin it to Quick access.

    Cannot pin Desktop to Quick Access folder in Explorer-finding-desktop-2.png

    I'm curious as to where you actually put your desktop :)
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  6. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 64
    Thread Starter
       #6

    I already did this too, it's telling me it's where yours tells you yours is, right on the desktop! lol I have a feeling this is due to a stardock creation I applied a while back called fences.. I like the application but have a feeling it may be the source of the problem. I'll mail them and ask if it's a feature or a bug..

    Meanwhile thanks for the help, I hoped it was easily fixable :)
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  7. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 64
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Now I just discovered something interesting...

    Cannot pin Desktop to Quick Access folder in Explorer-clipboard01.jpg

    Notice 2 'Download' folders one with the 'Desktop' Icon...? Has all my desktop folders in it.. I think this is 'Fences' it has re-named my Desktop folder.. Going to uninstall it and see what happens I think..
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  8. EdTittel's Avatar
    Posts : 4,205
    Windows 10
       #8

    You could always go to the Stardock User Forum at Stardock - Fences
    and re-raise this question there, if the answers here are less than conclusive. It's a pretty active group, and they have some people monitoring those forums (including the occasional developer) who know those products inside out and backwards. Just a thought, and no negative reflection on the excellent helpers laboring here at TenForums (including yours truly).
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  9. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 32,717
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H1)
       #9

    To see where it is (and it's quite possible for you to relocate it) try
    Windows key + R, shell:desktop

    File explorer should display the folder containing your desktop.
    You could then right click any file or folder, Properties, and hopefully the path will be shown.
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  10. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #10

    Hello Soxmis, :)

    It appears that something went wrong with your "Downloads" and/or "Desktop" folders when trying to previously move them.

    If you like, you might see if using the .reg file download in steps 4 and 6 in Option Two of the tutorial below may restore the default location for these folders and fix this for you.

    Restore Default Location of Personal Folders in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
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