How to Customize Quick Access Folders in Windows 11

On a Windows 11 PC, Quick Access in File Explorer gives quick and simple access to commonly used folders. While frequently used folders are automatically added, you may optionally pin more folders to your Quick Access section.

This article will show you how to customize Quick Access.

Pin Quick Access Folders

Open File Explorer.

Navigate to the folder you want to add.

Right-click on it and select Pin to Quick Access.

Your folder should be displayed under Quick Access with a thumbtack icon next to it.

Unpin Quick Access Folders

Right-click on the folder in the left pane under Quick Access.

Select Unpin from Quick Access.

 Hide Quick Access

File Explorer opens to Quick Access by default, but you may change this to This PC.

Previous versions of Windows showed linked devices, disks, and user account folders like Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos in File Explorer view.

You may disable Quick Access in File Explorer. Follow these steps to do so.

Open File Explorer.

Click on the three dots icon on the toolbar and select Options.

On the General Tab, click on the drop-down menu under Open File Explorer to.

Select This PC.

Click Apply then OK.

The left pane will still display Quick Access, but the right pane will show Folders and Devices.

Reset Quick Access Folders

Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog.

Type cmd and press OK.

Copy and paste the following command.
del /f /q “%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\f01b4d95cf55d32a.automaticDestinations-ms”

All manually pinned folders and dynamically inserted folders have been deleted.


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