Start smart: Pinning frequently used folders


Spring cleaning is the worst! Cleaning up the yard, dispersing the kid’s outgrown and out-of-season clothes, scrubbing the winter out of the inside and outside of your house.  I’m tired just thinking about it. Can someone wake we up once the garden has been planted, and the city pool is open? Please and thank you. Well I have good news, and I have bad news. The bad news is that the chores aren’t going to do themselves. The good news is that I have a couple good tips on how to get to your frequently used files and folders organized. We won’t call this spring cleaning for your computer (remember, spring cleaning is the WORST!) We’ll call this as the French do…mise en place, or in good ol’ English, everything in it’s place.

Single-click to start the fun! OK maybe a little less enthusiasm is more appropriate.

Single-click to start the fun! OK maybe a little less enthusiasm is more appropriate.

Remember back to pinning programs to the task bar when I hinted that we’ll need the file explorer again? Well friends, the time has come to dive back in. We’ll start by opening the file explorer. The file explorer will show you more frequently used folders, and also recent file. You also have the option to search for the files you want. In this example, you can enter a file you’re looking for in Quick access. How do I know where it’s searching? It says the location in the search box. If you cannot find your file or folder here, you might have to expand your search by selecting your C drive if searching for a file you have stored locally, or by selecting a shared drive. On the left-hand column, there is a list of all your options to select from. The first option to search from is our Quick access.

Get those files!

Get those files!

This is where I save my files that I use daily. Having all files in one place saves time and the frustration of having to search for your files, or worse yet, having to click 20 times to get to the one file or folder you need. Saving your favorite files to your Quick Access allows files that can be stored all over your local or shared drive available in a sing-click. How’s that for efficiency?

Windows 10 uses "quick access", not favorites

Windows 10 uses “quick access”, not favorites

Once you have your selected folder open, right-click on “Quick access” and select “Pin current folder to Quick access”. That’s it! Now the folder is saved, and each time you open the file explorer, it’s ready and waiting for you. All done with the project you’re working, and don’t need the folder anymore, just right-click on the folder and select “Unpin from Quick access”.

OK now it’s your turn! Go out there, and pin those folders to the Quick access. You’ll be glad you did. I wish cleaning out my linen closet was this easy, sigh….

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Ilse Ferris

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