General Pin to Quick Access and Unpin from Quick Access in Windows 11


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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 for your account in Windows 11.

Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer (Win+E) allows you to quickly access and view your pinned folders, frequent Folders, Pinned files, and Recent files from one location in Quick Access.

You can Pin to Quick access and Unpin from Quick access items. Pinned items can include local and network files (build 22557), folders, drives, libraries, OneDrive, This PC, Recycle Bin, etc...

Folders pinned to Quick access will display under Folders in Quick access in File Explorer, and under Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer.

Folders 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.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22557, Microsoft is rolling out an update to File Explorer’s Quick Access view. First, “Pin to Quick Access” support has been extended from only supporting Folders to now also supporting Files. Pinned files are shown in a new Pinned files section above Recent files in Quick Access. Next, for users who log into Windows with (or attach as a secondary account) a Microsoft Account or Work/Education account, Pinned and Recent files from Office.com will also be shown in Quick Access. Changes that pin or unpin files hosted in OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams will sync and be reflected in Office.com and Office apps. File activity updates from collaborators such as edits, and comments are shown in Tiles view and can also be shown in Details view.

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access 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 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.

Starting with Windows 11 version 22H2 KB5030310 Build 22621.2361, now that File Explorer is powered by Windows App SDK, Microsoft is introducing a modernized File Explorer Home powered by WinUI. Recommended files for users signed into Windows with an Azure Active Directory (AAD) account will be displayed as a carousel and support file thumbnails which is coming soon. Quick Access folders (available by default for users signed into Windows with a Microsoft account), Favorites, and Recent also bring in an updated experience with WinUI.


If you want to completely remove the Quick access section in File Explorer Home, then see:


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EXAMPLE: Pinned to Quick Access

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Option One

Pin to Quick Access


1 Select one or more locations you want to pin to Quick Access. (see screenshot below)

2 Right click on the selected location(s).

3 Click/tap on Pin to Quick access

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Option Two

Unpin from Quick Access


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

2 Select one or more pinned locations you want to unpin from Quick Access.

3 Right click on the selected location(s).

4 Click/tap on Unpin from Quick access

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That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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