Organizing files in multiple drives in Windows with folders, subfolders, and lots more. Finding files or folders could be a hectic task. So bookmarking the folders could help in saving some time and finding the files quickly. If you do open folders regularly and want easy Access, follow the guide mentioned below. In this post, we will show how to Bookmark Folders in Windows 11 and Windows 10
How to Add Windows 11/10 Folders to Favorites or Bookmarks
Bookmarking folders in Windows 11/10 could be done in various ways, ranging from using File Explorer to using some third-party applications. Here is the list of methods we will follow to accomplish the task to access them easily.
- Quick Access
- Start Menu
- Create Folder Shortcuts
- Add to File Explorer Libraries
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Explorer++ – File Manager Application.
One could follow any of the methods to add folders in Windows 11/10 to bookmarks or favorites.
1. Add to Quick Access
If you want to bookmark a few folders in Windows 11/10, the easiest method we would suggest would be Pinning it to the Quick Access Menu. To do so, find the folder you want to pin, make a single right-click on it, and select Pin to Quick Access.
You can unpin the folder by heading over to the Quick Access Menu, find the folder, right-click and choose Unpin from Quick Access. You can rearrange the files in the menu by dragging and dropping them in the appropriate positions.
2. Add to Taskbar
The Taskbar could be used to pin apps, but did you know that you could pin folders as well?. It could come in handy when you would like to open the folder from anywhere in Windows 11/10, as the Taskbar is always placed at the bottom of the screen. To do so:
Firstly, there needs to be a shortcut created for the folder to be pinned. To do so, on the Desktop, make a single right-click on space; from the list of options that appear, select New -> Shortcut. It will open a dialogue box, asking for the location of the original folder.
Copy and paste the folder’s location in the Entry Box, but before clicking next at the start of the Entry Box, type in explorer, followed by a space. It needs to be done at the starting of the Entry field. Click on Next, and name the shortcut.
With the shortcut created on the Desktop, right-click on it and select Pin to Taskbar. But before you do this, we recommend you change the icon for the shortcut so that it doesn’t get mixed with the native file explorer.
Related Read: How to customize Taskbar for Productivity
3. Add to Start Menu
For easy and Quick Access to a file or a folder, one could always pin it to the Start Menu. To bookmark a folder and add it to the start menu: Navigate and select the folder you would like to add. Next, make a single right-click; choose the Pin to Start option with the drop-down menu popping up. Now you’ll have the folder listed in your Start Menu.
4. Create Folder Shortcuts
Who doesn’t like shortcuts in real life?. Similarly, Shortcuts in Windows 11/10 could help create a chain of folders. You could place a folder anywhere in the drive and then create a shortcut for that on your Desktop or any other specified location.
- Navigate to the location where you want the shortcut to be created
- Make a single right-click, and from the drop-down, choose New -> Shortcut.
- Paste the location of the file/folder in the Entry Box and click Next
- Name the shortcut and click on Save.
5. Add to File Explorer Libraries
Searching for a place to create and place all the shortcuts for files in Windows 11/10, One could use the Libraries in the File Explorer, which is pretty similar to bookmarking a file. By default with Windows 11/10, Libraries are hidden and not visible directly, to enable it:
- Open the File Explorer, navigate to the View menu in the toolbar present at the top.
- In the menu, find and navigate to the Drop Down Menu of Navigation Pane; in the drop-down list, select the option stating “Show Libraries.”
- Now you’ll find the option for Libraries in the File Explorer.
Once Libraries are enabled, you can now start by adding to or creating new libraries. To create a new Library, here’s what you can do:
- Navigate to the Libraries panel in the File Explorer
- In the space, make a single right-click to open a list of options. In the menu, navigate and select New -> New Library folder. Name the Library, and now you’ll have a fully functioning library.
Once you have managed to create your new Library, here’s how you can add folders and files to it:
- Navigate and select the file or the folder that you’d like to move to the Library.
- Make a single right-click, from the list of drop-down options that appear, choose Include in Library. Now from the list of Libraries, Find and click on the Library that you would like to include.
It will, in turn, create an instance or shortcut of the folder, which could be used for Quick Access to the files.
6. Keyboard Shortcuts
How simple will things become when one could open Files or Folders only using some simple shortcuts. So here’s how you could assign some simple shortcuts to Files and Folders:
Firstly, you’ll need to create a shortcut to the folder to which you would like to assign the keyboard shortcut. Secondly, right-click on the shortcut you just created, and in the drop-down menu, choose Properties.
Under the Shortcut Menu of properties, you’ll find an Entry field for the Shortcut key. Make a click on the entry box and press the keys on the keyboard you’d like to assign as the shortcut.
With this done, click on Apply and Exit, and you’ll have the shortcut assigned to the folder.
7. Explorer++ – Third-Party File Manager
If you prefer using a Third-party application to manage your files or add bookmarks, we recommend you try Explorer++. With multiple vital features such as Tabbed Browsing, Keyboard Shortcuts, Bookmarks, and pretty much more, Explorer++ is one of the best free third-party File Manager applications out there.
You can download it from the official website and use it as a regular application. Navigate to the folder you would like to Bookmark, and from the Bookmarks menu at the top select “Bookmark this Tab.” It is thereby one of the easiest and quickest ways to bookmark files in Windows 11/10.
I hope this post was easy to follow, and you were able to Bookmark Folders in Windows 11/10. With that said, How many folders do you bookmark, and how well do you organize them?
What Is Quick Access in File Explorer?
Quick Access is a feature in File Explorer that allows you to manage your PC files better while also assisting you in finding recently accessed files and folders. Windows keeps track of your file actions while you use your PC and automatically refreshes the list.
Windows Favorites folder missing?
With the introduction of Windows 10, File Explorer favorites are now pinned to the left side of File Explorer under Quick Access. Users can check their old favorites folder if they aren’t all there, available at C:\Users\username\Links.
Can I use a third-party file manager to bookmark folders in Windows?
Yes, you could use a third-party alternative to File Explorer with Windows. Explorer++ is one such option and offers a browser-like experience for your Windows files and folders. It opens up folders in tabs that users can manage individually, similar to how a browser works.