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    How to Pin or Unpin Folder Locations for Quick access in Windows 10

    How to Pin or Unpin Folder Locations for Quick access in Windows 10

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    03 Apr 2021
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    How to Pin or Unpin Folder Locations for Quick access in Windows 10


    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.

    You can "Pin to Quick access" and "Unpin from Quick access" locations in Windows 10. These locations include local and network folders, drives, libraries, Recycle Bin, etc..., but files and apps cannot be pinned to Quick access.

    See also: Pin, remove, and customize in Quick access | Microsoft Support

    This tutorial will show you how to "Pin to Quick access" and "Unpin from Quick access" local and network folders, drives, libraries, OneDrive, This PC, Recycle Bin, etc... locations in Windows 10.

    Pinned locations will display under Frequent folders in Quick access in File Explorer.

    Items you pin or unpin for Quick access will also be pinned or unpinned in the jump list of File Explorer on the taskbar and Start menu.



    Contents

    • Option One: To "Pin to Quick access" Folder Locations
    • Option Two: To "Unpin from Quick access" Folder Locations






    OPTION ONE

    To "Pin to Quick access" Folder Locations


    1 Select one or more folders, click/tap on the Home tab, and click/tap on the Pin to Quick access button in the ribbon. (see screenshot below)
    How to Pin or Unpin Folder Locations for Quick access in Windows 10-pin_to_quick_access_in_ribbon.png

    OR

    2 Right click or press and hold on a folder or drive, and click/tap on Pin to Quick access. (see screenshot below)

    How to Pin or Unpin Folder Locations for Quick access in Windows 10-pin_to_quick_access.jpg

    OR

    3 Drag one or more selected folder(s) or drive(s) to Quick access in the navigation pane in the order you want until you see a Pin to Quick access tooltip show, and drop them. (see screenshot below)

    Be sure the tooltip shows Pin to Quick access before dropping.

    Otherwise you may see the tooltip show Copy to <folder hovered on> or Create link in <folder hovered on>.


    You can also rearrange pinned folders under Quick access in the navigation pane by drag and drop in the order you want them listed.

    How to Pin or Unpin Folder Locations for Quick access in Windows 10-pin_to_quick_access_drag_and_drop.png






    OPTION TWO

    To "Unpin from Quick access" Folder Locations


    1 While in Quick access in File Explorer, right click or press and hold on a pinned location, and click/tap on Unpin from Quick access. (see screenshots below)

    The pin button How to Pin or Unpin Folder Locations for Quick access in Windows 10-pinned.png next to a location in the navigation pane under the Quick access group indicates that it is a pinned location.

    You will notice that you will not be able to unpin Desktop from Quick access using this option. Instead, you can do this to do so.

    1) Right click on the File Explorer icon on taskbar to open it's jump list.

    2) Click/tap on the unpin button to the right of Desktop, OR right click Desktop and click/tap on Unpin from the list.
    How to Pin or Unpin Folder Locations for Quick access in Windows 10-unpin_from_quick_access-taskbar.jpg


    How to Pin or Unpin Folder Locations for Quick access in Windows 10-unpin_from_quick_access-1.jpg How to Pin or Unpin Folder Locations for Quick access in Windows 10-unpin_from_quick_access-2.jpg


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. IownAmoneyPit's Avatar
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       #1

    Thanks Brink.
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  2. Placebo's Avatar
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    Windows 10
       #2

    Anyone know a fix for folders that refuse to be added to Quick Access (I have some folders on my Popcorn hour that's connected over the network I want to add) and how to remove a folder that refuses to be unpinned no matter how many times I right click it and choose unpin? :)
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       #3

    Hello Placebo, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    What folder are you trying to unpin?

    You might see if you are able to for both after clearing and resetting frequent places and recent items. :)

    Recent Items and Frequent Places - Reset and Clear - Windows 10 Forums
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  4. Placebo's Avatar
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       #4

    Thanks you for the welcome! Found the Eight Forums eternally useful and glad to see there's a ten version as well!

    The folders I'm trying to pin/unpin are network folders which are on my Popcorn Hour, I used to have three different folders that I'd added to favourites:

    Football
    Paul TV Shows
    TV Shows

    Would make it very easy to drag files from my PC where they'd been downloaded over to the Popcorn Hour ready to watch in the bedroom.

    If fixed the issue with the folder I couldn't unpin, was a random TV Show subfolder I'm sure I never asked to pin! I re-ticked "show frequently used folders in quick access" and then "clear file explorer history" and then I tried unpin again on the folder and it finally went!

    Unfortunately it's only letting me add one folder from my Popcorn Hour, I've tried mapping network drives to each folder and pinning that way but again it won't let me, just does nothing when I right click and choose "Pin".
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       #5

    Where is quick access locations stored? I would like to script such that I can add a quick access path from command line without any clicking
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  6. swarfega's Avatar
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       #6

    I had the brilliant idea of using the locate tab in file properties to move my music to a folder on my NAS box rather than keep it on my PC. This has been successful but I can't unpin the old music location from quick access.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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       #7

    Hey Nick, :)

    If you like, you might play with changing the storage save location for the "Music" folder to your NAS (if available there) to see if that may work better. That way the "Music" folder in Quick Access will open and save to the NAS.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
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  8. swarfega's Avatar
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       #8

    Yea I did look at the save location but it didn't pick up the NAS as a save point. Maybe because I chose my personal area instead of the putting the music in the public folder on the NAS?
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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       #9

    Could be. You might setup a test folder in the public area to see if you like.
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