Windows 11 offers multiple options to quickly access your favorite folders. You can pin your favorite folders to the File Explorer Quick Access, create desktop shortcuts, or pin them to the Start menu. In this guide, we will show you how to pin a folder to the Windows 11 Start menu.
Pinning a folder to the Start menu allows you to access your favorite folders very quickly. All pinned folders appear in the Pinned Applications section of the Start menu. Pinned folders appear at the bottom of the list of pinned apps by default, but you can move them to the top of the list for easy access.
Folders pinned to the Start menu can be accessed with just two clicks. However, if you want to use keyboard shortcuts, after opening Start by pressing the Windows logo key, press the Tab key to select the first folder / application in the Pinned Applications section, and then press the Enter key to open it.
Step 1: Open File Explorer and go to where the folder you want to pin to the Start menu is located.
Step 2: Make a the right button of the mouse in the folder and then click the Pin to start option to pin the folder to the Start menu.
Step 3: Open the Start menu now. If you can’t see the folder in the Pinned Apps section, scroll down the Pinned Apps section to see the pinned folder. If you want to access it quickly without scrolling down the list of pinned apps, drag and drop the folder in the top row of pinned apps or right-click on it and then click the Move to the beginning option.
Unpin a folder from Windows 11 startup
Step 1: To remove a pinned folder from the Start menu, the right button of the mouse on it and click on the Detach from the beginning option.
Pin a folder to Quick Access in Windows 11
In addition to the Start menu, a folder can also be pinned to the File Explorer Quick Access. Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Make a the right button of the mouse in the folder you want to pin to the shortcut and then click the Pin to Quick Access option.
Create a shortcut to a folder on the Windows 11 desktop
Step 1: The right button of the mouse in the folder, click Show more options To see the full context menu (classic version of the context menu), click Send toand select Desktop (create shortcut) to create a shortcut to the selected folder on the desktop.