Pin Recent Folders to Quick Access in Windows 10

How to Pin Recent Folders to Quick Access in Windows 10

In Windows 10, Microsoft removed the widely used Recent places option from the navigation pane of File Explorer. Instead, it has the "Recent files" and "Frequent folders" groups inside the Quick Access folder. Many users who used Recent places found this change inconvenient, because your recently opened folders were just one click away. Today we will see how to pin Recent places to Quick Access in Windows 10 File Explorer.


The Quick Access location is a new option in File Explorer of Windows 10. It is where Explorer opens by default instead of This PC. Quick Access collects recent files and frequent folders to show them in a single view. You can also pin various locations inside Quick Access. Quick Access always shows these pinned locations regardless of how rarely you visit them.

Frequent Folders is a new feature implemented in Windows 10's File Explorer. In Windows 7 and Windows 8, frequently opened folders were accessible only via the jump list for Explorer. In Windows 10, you can see your most frequently opened folders inside File Explorer in the Quick Access location. You can then choose to pin any folder you want.

Windows 10 pin a folder to quick access

To pin a folder to Quick Access, you need to right click the desired folder and select "Pin to Quick Access" in the context menu. This is nicely explained in the article "Pin any folder or location to Quick Access in Windows 10. Also, check out how to pin Recycle Bin to Quick Access in Windows 10. However, in case of Recent folders, there is an extra step you need to peform.

To Pin Recent Folders to Quick Access in Windows 10,

  1. Press Win + R shortcut keys together on the keyboard to open the Run dialog. Tip: See the complete list of Win key shortcuts available in Windows.Windows 10 run open recent places 1
  2. Enter the following in the Run box: shell:::{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99}. Press Enter.
  3. The Recent places folder will be opened in File Explorer:Windows 10 run open recent places 2
  4. Right click the Quick Access item in the navigation pane (left pane) and pick Pin current folder to Quick Access from the context menu:Windows 10 recent places add to the left pane
  5. The Recent folders directory is now pinned under Quick Access. Windows 10 recent places in the navigation pane

You are done!

Additionally, check out how to add Recent Folders and Recent Items to the navigation pane in Windows 10. You will get something like this:

Add Recent Folders To Navigation Pane

To unpin it later, you can

  • Right-click on the pinned Recent folders entry in the left pane of File Explorer, and select Unpin from Quick Access from the context menu.Unping Recent Places From Navigation Pane
  • Or, right-click the Recent folders item under Frequent Folders in the Quick Access folder.Unpin Recent Folders From Quick Access

Similarly, you can pin Recent items to Quick Access.

Note: Users who care about their privacy might not be happy having Frequent Folders and Recent Files of the File Explorer app. They may be interested in reading the following articles:

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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.

4 thoughts on “Pin Recent Folders to Quick Access in Windows 10”

  1. Love your tips!

    I changed the default Icon for Quick Access via the option in winaerotweaker and now I’m having a problem where Quick Access shows up twice in the navigation pane. At the top of the navigation pane and as the last set of folders at the bottom below my drives. Was looking for a fix? Thanks!

  2. windows 10 2004 update broke this. Recent folder is only available in Explorer, not in Save As. please update. thank you, Sergey

  3. This works but not when opening a file from an application.
    RECENT FOLDERS does not show under QUICK ACCESS there !

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