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    Add or Remove Favorites from Quick Access in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Favorites from Quick Access in Windows 10
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    05 Apr 2020
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    How to Add or Remove Favorites from Quick Access in Windows 10


    Windows 10 replaced Favorites from previous Windows with Quick access. The Quick access page is the shortest route to files you've been working on and folders you often use. These are your frequent folders and recent files.

    In Windows 10, File Explorer opens to Quick access by default which shows your Frequent folders and Recent files.
    • Frequent folders = Displays up to ten folders that you frequently opened on the system.
    • Recent files = Displays up to twenty files that you most recently opened.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Favorites under Frequent folders in Quick access in File Explorer for all users in Windows 10.

    When you add Favorites to Quick access, each user will have the contents of their "C:\Users\(user-name)\Links" folder included under Frequent folders in Quick access for only their account.

    Deleting and item from the "C:\Users\(user-name)\Links" folder at either location will delete it from both.

    Add or Remove Favorites from Quick Access in Windows 10-favorites.png



    EXAMPLE: Favorites added to Quick access
    Add or Remove Favorites from Quick Access in Windows 10-quick_access_favorites.png



    Here's How:

    1 Do step 2 (add 32-bit), step 3 (add 64-bit), or step 4 (remove) below for what you would like to do.


    2 To Add "Favorites" to Quick access in 32-bit Windows 10

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    32-bit_Add_Favorites_to_Quick_access.reg

    Download


    3 To Add "Favorites" to Quick access in 64-bit Windows 10

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    64-bit_Add_Favorites_to_Quick_access.reg

    Download


    4 To Remove "Favorites" from Quick access

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Remove_Favorites_from_Quick_access.reg

    Download


    5 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8 If the Quick access is currently open, then refresh (F5) it or close and open it to apply.

    9 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 40
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       #1

    Greetings from Holly Jerusalem
    Very nice
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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       #2

    Tutorial has been updated for Windows 10 build 10041. :)
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  3. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #3

    Shawn, Thanks for writing this. I see that this change will force my "Links/Favorites" to show again when I click "Quick Access" but is there no way to have them show in the pane on the left under Quick Access?
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       #4

    Hello Kev, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    Other than Desktop and Downloads, you could pin them to Quick access to have them show in the navigation pane under Quick access.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  5. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #5

    The problem I have with QuickAccess is that it mirrors the links from jumplists on explorer. I want my jump list folders and my navigation pane folders to be different, like they were in Windows 7.

    Is there a way to just add the Favorites / Links folder back to the side of the navigation pane? And I don't mean just listed under quick access, but rather a separate button above it. I feel like it should be possible since OneDrive and Dropbox shove their stupid buttons on the side.
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  6. Posts : 31
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       #6

    Lots of threads on this subject so I'm not sure where to post. The fix to add favorites to quick access does something useful, but not what I thought it would. I had nothing under Quick Access, it has always said if you open files we'll put them here or some such nonsense, I don't like it, I don't want to see it, I can't add anything to it, etc. Ditto with Recent Items, it shows so much junk that it's easier to just go to the folder rather than wade through an irrelevant list. The reg fix added "Recent Folders" to the very bottom of the explorer left bar, which is kinda like what was in the Win 7 explorer, so that is very useful indeed. BUT, I used my Favorites in Win 7 to keep a static list of all my frequently used folders, that only changed when I added a folder to it (navigate to folder, right click on Favorites, select Add to Favorites). Somehow Win 10 picked up the Favorites from Win 7, so it's still there, with my old folders linked. That doesn't work now, it wants to copy the entire folder and its contents to the Start Menu instead. Why this would be I don't know, I don't know why anyone would want to have a duplicate of a folder under the Start Menu. So, here's the solution that I stumbled on trying to get it to work the way it did in Win 7. There is probably an easier way to do it too.

    In Explorer, right click on Favorites, open in a new window. This window will have "Library Tools on the menu. It opens up to Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries\FAVORITES. Under Manage, click on Manage Library. Click on Add... in the box. Navigate to the folder you want to add, include folder, done. You're welcome :)
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  7. Posts : 161
    Windows 10 x64
       #7

    Thanks for this but why does it says "quick access" since it's actually "usual folders" (sorry for translation..)? I actually want my "links" shortcuts to show in the quick access pane just like Windows 7 did.. How do i do that?
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    unko said:
    Thanks for this but why does it says "quick access" since it's actually "usual folders" (sorry for translation..)? I actually want my "links" shortcuts to show in the quick access pane just like Windows 7 did.. How do i do that?
    Hello unko, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    It was name that since it's for having "quick access" to all of your pinned, frequent folders, and recent files at that location.

    In previous Windows, it was named "Favorites" instead. I guess that getting confused with favorites for Internet Explorer, and why it was renamed and changed up a bit in Windows 10.
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    Windows 10 x64
       #9

    Thanks for the quick reply but you forgot the most important : How do i make these appear on the left pane like in W7? I have about 15 and i need them all here, some are folders shortcut, some are script of specific apps.. I use that daily. If it can't be done on 10, please tell me if 8.1 will. Thanks again!
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