How to Add Libraries to Quick Access in Windows 10

Libraries is a special folder in Windows, introduced in Windows 7. It allows you to create libraries - special folders which can aggregate files from several different folders and show it under a single, unified view. A library is an indexed location, meaning Windows Search will be completed faster in a library compared to a regular non-indexed folder. In Windows 7, when you opened Explorer using the mouse, it opened the Libraries folder. In Windows 10, Quick Access is the location at which Explorer opens so if you wish to add Libraries to the Quick Access folder, here's how you can do it.


As you may already know, the Quick Access location is a new folder in Windows 10's File Explorer. It is where Explorer opens by default instead of This PC like it was done in previous Windows versions. This new folder shows recent files and frequent folders in a single view. The user can pin desired locations inside Quick Access.

Windows 10 Add Libraries To Quick Access

To add Libraries to Quick Access in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:

    Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.HomeFolderDesktop Registry Key

  3. Under DelegateFolders, create a new subkey named {031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}, as follows:Windows 10 Create New KeyWindows 10 Create New Clsid Key
  4. If you are running a 64-bit Windows version, go to this key:

    Create the same subkey, {031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}.

  5. Close all Explorer Windows and reopen it. You will see Libraries in the Quick Access folder in Windows 10.

Before:This PC Default View


Windows 10 Add Libraries To Quick Access

As you can see in the screenshot above, Libraries will appear under the Frequent folders group in Quick Access.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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