How to Pin or Unpin Files and Folders to Quick access in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users steps to pin folders and files to File Explorer Quick access in Windows 11. Quick access is a navigation pane on the left of Windows File Explorer that allows users to access and view their pinned folders quickly, libraries (if enabled), frequent folders, and others.

In Windows 11 and the previous version, one can quickly pin a folder to the Quick access pane. When you pin a folder to the Quick access pane, it will display in the navigation pane under Quick access.

The most recent release of Windows 11 to computers enrolled in its Insider Preview program allows files to be pinned to Quick access. In addition, Pin to Quick access support has been extended from only supporting folders to supporting files in Windows 11.

Now, computers not enrolled in the Microsoft Insider Preview program will not see the Pin files to Quick access option. However, depending on the release schedules, this should be rolled out to all computers in the coming months.

How to pin to quick access in Windows 11

As mentioned above, users can pin folders and files to File Explorer Quick access in Windows 11. However, computers enrolled in the Microsoft Insider Preview program and updated with the latest release will see the pin files to the Quick access option.

All users should be able to pin folders to the Quick access navigational pane.

To pin a folder to the File Explorer Quick access pane, simply one or more folder(s) you want to pin to Quick access. Then right-click the folders or files and select Pin to quick access, as shown below.

If you have updated Windows and you can pin files to Quick access, you should see similar options as the image below.

To unpin an item from the Quick access pane, right-click on it and select Unpin from Quick access.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to pin or unpin files and folders to and from the Quick access pane in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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