Help me understand File Explorer

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  1. Posts : 110
    Windows 10 Pro 64
       #1

    Help me understand File Explorer


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    This is confusing to me. I'd like to have just one thing above This PC. Is there some way to combine Quick access, OneDrive, and Libraries into one item. What's the best way to manage this is W 10? Would also be nice then to be able to expand an item to see what underneath in the left pane, but you can only get it in the right pane.
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  2. Posts : 430
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Right click and unpin programs, right click on programs you want to add to Quick access.
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  3. Posts : 13,934
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #3

    You can get rid of Libraries by clicking on View then Navigation pane and unchecking Libraries.
    See Brink's Tutorial for OneDrive: How to Add or Remove OneDrive in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10
    That will leave just Quick Access above This PC.
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  4. Posts : 110
    Windows 10 Pro 64
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Stitch194 said:
    Right click and unpin programs, right click on programs you want to add to Quick access.
    Ok, but I'm still trying to figure out the difference between quick access and libraries. How does that work?
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  5. Posts : 12,427
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #5

    Libraries is basically a shortcut to the actual Folders in C:\Users\YOUR-USER-NAME-HERE Folder while Quick Access is more dynamic, holds files that can change depending upon what you access most of the time.
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  6. Posts : 13,934
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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    Here is a brief article that will get you started. Quick Access and Libraries Living in Harmony

    Google is your friend for this kind of stuff. Just search for what is quick access windows 10 and what are libraries windows 10. You'll find lots of info on both of these features, why to use them and what they can and can not do for you. I make heavy use of Quick Access but don't use Libraries at all. Just personal preference.
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  7. Posts : 110
    Windows 10 Pro 64
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    Berton said:
    Libraries is basically a shortcut to the actual Folders in C:\Users\YOUR-USER-NAME-HERE Folder while Quick Access is more dynamic, holds files that can change depending upon what you access most of the time.
    Libraries seems redundant here; is that about right? I can just delete the library folder and not miss anything. Anything I want promptly, I can just pin to QA?
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  8. Posts : 13,934
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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    NO NO NO, Do as I said and uncheck Libraries in View. Delete can end up deleting things you don't want deleted sometimes.
    Be careful when deleting things.

    Before you start messing around, please create a full image backup of your system to an external hard drive using Macrium Reflect Free. Then if something you do has unexpected consequences you can easily recover.
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  9. Posts : 12,427
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #9

    I just did a test with the Music folder [since it was small] by deleting from Libraries and it was still in C:\Users\Owner and opened fine. Quick Access can have the list minimized [small arrow on the QA name] or delete items.
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  10. Posts : 430
    Windows 10 Pro
       #10

    Minimize this PC and hide the Libraries folders, don't delete them. Just add whatever you want to Quick Access.
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