General Add and Remove Favorites in File Explorer Home in Windows 11


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Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access in File Explorer (Win+E) is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent Folders section, and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files (Favorites) displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.

Home in the navigation pane is the default homepage of File Explorer (Win+E) that allows you to quickly access and view your pinned/frequent locations (Quick access), Favorites (pinned files), and Recent files from one location.

You can Add to Favorites and Remove from Favorites files you want in File Explorer Home.

This tutorial will show you how to Add to Favorites and Remove from Favorites in File Explorer Home for your account or all users in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Add to Favorites in File Explorer Home for Current User
  • Option Two: Remove from Favorites in File Explorer Home for Current User
  • Option Three: Hide or Show Favorites in File Explorer Home for All Users using REG file


EXAMPLE: Favorites in File Explorer Home

Favorites_in_File_Explorer_Home.png





Option One

Add to Favorites in File Explorer Home for Current User


1 Select one or more files you want to add. (see screenshot below)

2 Right click on the selected file(s).

3 Click/tap on Add to Favorites.

Add_to_Favorites.png





Option Two

Remove from Favorites in File Explorer Home for Current User


1 Open Home in File Explorer (Win+E). (see screenshot below)

2 Select one or more files under Favorites you want to remove.

3 Right click on the selected file(s).

4 Click/tap on Remove from Favorites.

Remove_from_Favorites.png





Option Three

Hide or Show Favorites in File Explorer Home for All Users using REG file


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

This will not remove the Favorites section from File Explorer Home. It will only hide or show the pinned files (Option One) under Favorites instead.


1 Do step 2 (hide) or step 3 (show) below for what you would like to do.

2 Hide Favorites in File Explorer Home for All Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Hide_Favorites_in_File_Explorer_Home_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HomeFolderMSGraph\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{3134ef9c-6b18-4996-ad04-ed5912e00eb5}]

3 Show Favorites in File Explorer Home for All Users

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Show_Favorites_in_File_Explorer_Home_for_all_users.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HomeFolderMSGraph\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{3134ef9c-6b18-4996-ad04-ed5912e00eb5}]
@="Recent Files Folder"

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

7 If Home in File Explorer is currently open, then refresh (F5) or close and open the window to apply.

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


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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is it possible to hide this whole "Favorites" category? (collapsing is not enough)

I'm afraid I haven't seen a way to hide/remove the "Favorites" section yet. :(
 

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I took mine off [between my Name and This PC] with right-click and the trash icon or Show more Options on the context menu, haven't seen it come back yet. Did the same with OneDrive Personal as I don't use it.
 

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I'm afraid I haven't seen a way to hide/remove the "Favorites" section yet. :(

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\NameSpace_36354489\{f874310e-b6b7-47dc-bc84-b9e6b38f5903}]

:rolleyes:
 

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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace\NameSpace_36354489\{f874310e-b6b7-47dc-bc84-b9e6b38f5903}]

:rolleyes:
Thank you, but that appears to remove Home from the navigation pane instead.

 

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is it possible to hide this whole "Favorites" category? (collapsing is not enough)
If it helps, I added a new Option Three section below that will hide the pinned files under Favorites for all users. It still doesn't remove the Favorites section though.

 

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    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2,
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
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    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Motorola MB8611 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G phone
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    HP Spectre x360 2in1
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    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Plus
    Sound Card
    Intel SST
    Monitor(s) Displays
    13.3" 4K UWVA AMOLED multitouch
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    3840 x 2160
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