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How to Pin Recent Items to Quick Access in Windows 10

The Quick access page is the shortest route to files you’ve been working on and folders you often use. These are your frequent folders and recent files.

  • Frequent folders = Displays up to ten folders that you frequently opened on the system.
  • Recent files = Displays up to twenty files that you most recently opened.

Recent items is a list of all the files that you have used or opened recently.

If you like, you can pin the Recent items folder to Quick access in File Explorer for easier access to the Recent items folder.

This tutorial will show you how to pin the Recent items folder to Quick access in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Pin Recent Folders to Quick Access in Windows 10

The Quick access page is the shortest route to files you’ve been working on and folders you often use. These are your frequent folders and recent files.

  • Frequent folders = Displays up to ten folders that you frequently opened on the system.
  • Recent files = Displays up to twenty files that you most recently opened.

Recent Folders (aka: Recent Places) is a list of all folders that you have used or opened recently.

If you like, you can pin the Recent folders folder to Quick access in File Explorer for easier access to the Recent folders folder.

This tutorial will show you how to pin the Recent folders folder to Quick access in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.

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Turn On or Off Make File Explorer Buttons Easier to Touch when entering Tablet Posture in Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 build 19592, Microsoft is beginning to roll out (again) the new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a preview to some Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This experience is separate from the Tablet Mode experience that you will still be able to use. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption with a few key touch improvements:

  • Taskbar icons are spaced out
  • Search box on taskbar is collapsed into icon-only mode
  • Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap a text field
  • File explorer elements will have a little more padding, to make them comfortable to interact with using touch

In order to help ensure quality, the feature will be rolling out slowly, starting with a portion of the Insiders that have never detached their keyboard before, or have their tablet mode settings set to Don’t ask me and don’t switch.

You can turn on or off Make buttons in File Explorer easier to touch for when you enter tablet posture (ex: fold the 2-in-1 convertible PC) without tablet mode turned on.

When turned on, some elements like buttons in File Explorer will have more spacing between them to make them easier to press with touch on a touch screen.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off make buttons in File Explorer easier to touch when entering tablet posture for your account on a Windows 10 2-in-1 convertible PC.

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How to Reset Navigation Pane Expanded State in Windows 10 File Explorer

You can use the navigation pane in File Explorer to browse locations such as Quick access, OneDrive, Libraries, This PC, Network, and Homegroup. You can also move or copy items directly to a destination in the navigation pane.

As you open folders in the right pane of File Explorer, the navigation pane will not automatically expand to the current open folder by default.

When you expand open a folder in the navigation pane of File Explorer, this expanded state setting is saved to the registry. The next time you open File Explore, you will automatically see the last navigation pane expanded state.

While you can manually set the navigation pane expanded state to how you want, you could also reset it back to default as wanted or needed.

This tutorial will show you how to reset the navigation pane expanded state in File Explorer to default for your account in Windows 10.

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How to Copy Path in File Explorer in Windows 10

Copy path or Copy as path will copy the full path of selected items (files and folders) wrapped in quotes to the Clipboard so you can paste the full path(s) of the item(s) where you like.

Copy address or Copy address as text will copy the full path of selected items (files and folders) without quotes to the Clipboard so you can paste the full path(s) of the item(s) where you like.

This tutorial will show you how to copy the full path of files and folders in File Explorer to paste where you like in Windows 10.

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How to Show Full Path in Address Bar of File Explorer in Windows 10

File Explorer shows breadcrumbs in the address bar by default. Breadcrumbs display the hierarchy path of folders that were navigated to for the current folder location. Contextual navigation buttons are available for each of these that can be used to access all locations that are connected to them.

Sometimes, you may just want to see the full path of the current folder location in the address bar instead.

This tutorial will show you how to see the full path in the address bar of File Explorer on demand in Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Linux in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a new Windows 10 feature that enables you to run native Linux command-line tools directly on Windows, alongside your traditional Windows desktop and modern store apps.

Starting with Windows 10 build 18836 version 1903, Linux will be added to the navigation pane in File Explorer whenever you enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

If you like, you can remove Linux from the navigation without having to disable WSL.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Linux in the navigation pane of File Explorer for your account in Windows 10. When you click/tap on the Distro shortcut in Linux, it will show all currently running WSL distros.

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How to Turn On or Off Show Dates in Conversational Format in Windows 10 File Explorer

Starting with Windows 10 build 18277, Microsoft said, “Some Insiders may notice small differences in File Explorer over the coming flights – we’ll have more to share later about this later.”.

One difference that was noticed is a new Show dates in conversational format setting in the View tab of Folder Options.

Show dates in conversational format (if available) is turned on by default starting with build 18277. If you would prefer to see your dates in the usual formal format, then you could turn off Show dates in conversational format.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to show dates in a conversation format in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.

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