Workaround on adding files or shortcuts to Quick Access in Windows 10

This afternoon, another MVP asked a question, how do we add a file or shortcut to Quick Access in Windows 10. He would like to do the same action as he could add a file or shortcut to Favorites in Windows 8 or before.

In Windows 10, “Favorites” is replaced by “Quick Access”. The “Quick Access” is letting you to browse into any folder in shortest route. If you want to add any folders to “Quick Access”, you could right click any folder and add it to “Quick Access” by selecting “Pin to Quick Access”.

After you pinned it to “Quick Access”, you could then remove it by right click and select “Unpin from Quick Access”.

But if you right click to any files or shortcuts, you will found out that there is no such option to add them into Quick Access. But if the files or shortcuts are often being executed, you could find it from the lower section of the Quick Access, “Recent Files”. But what about if they are not being executed often and you still want to add it to “Quick Access”? One of the work around way is, adding the Favorites to “Quick Access”. With this workaround, you could add any files or shortcuts to the Favorites and it will then appear to the Quick Access. On the other hand, it will be removed from “Quick Access” if you remove it from Favorites. The Favorites path in windows Explorer is “C:\Users\(username)\Links”.

Here is the regedit nodes that you have to add in order to enable “Favorites” add to “Quick Access”.


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HomeFolderDesktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}]
@=”Common Places FS Folder”


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HomeFolderDesktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}]
@=”Common Places FS Folder”

And here is the regedit nodes that you have to remove in order to disable “Favorites” add to “Quick Access”.

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HomeFolderDesktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}]


[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HomeFolderDesktop\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{d34a6ca6-62c2-4c34-8a7c-14709c1ad938}]



Please note, You will need Administrator right to pass the UAC when you add/remove the regedit nodes.

 

New Evolution of the Microsoft MVP Award

On 1st Feb 2017, Steve Guggs, Corp Vice President of Microsoft’s Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) group, announced that a new evolution of the Microsoft MVP Award. You can read more here.

For public, there is a good news. In the past, you could be nominated yourself or someone that you believe deserves this recognition in quarterly, Jan, Apr, July, and Oct. But now, you could be nominated monthly. Yes, Monthly. If you believes that you should be recognized, please contact me and I could give you a hand by helping you review on what you have done in the past year.

You could watch a video about this,

 

MVP Reconnect Program for all former MVP!!!

This morning, I was told by my MVP Lead that there is a new program for all former MVP. You are correct, all former MVP, that means all former MVPs that ended their award tenure in “good standing” and with a minimum award period of 1 year are eligible to join this MVP Reconnect program.

 

It is a very good news to have such program to “REconnect” all the MVPs together again with the product group. Want to know more? read the following blog/post.

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/stevengu/2016/11/03/announcing-the-mvp-reconnect-program-the-2016-mvp-global-summit/

https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/Pages/reconnect-whatis

mvp_reconnect

https://medium.com/@callkathy/mvp-reconnect-launches-496210632d05#.6fcojvprv

 

At the same time, if you wanna know about how to become an MVP, you could also visit this,

https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-US/pages/what-it-takes-to-be-an-mvp

At the same time, Microsoft will send the member of MVP Reconnect program with a special metal to you. Here is the Youtube link,

mvp_reconnect_kit_02
mvp_reconnect_kit

Useful links to learn Windows 10 and VS2015

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I am sure that you all are new to Win10 and VS2015. You may be looking for learning resource. Here I listed some of the sample site for you and so you could get some learning on these 2 new products.

Opportunity URLs Remarks
Developer Tools Download https://www.visualstudio.com/ Download any Visual Studio skus, including VS 2015
Developer for Windows 10  -What’s New
Get Started
Design
Develop
Publish
https://dev.windows.com/en-us/getstarted/whats-new-windows-10/
https://dev.windows.com/en-us/getstarted/
https://dev.windows.com/en-us/design/
https://dev.windows.com/en-us/develop/
https://dev.windows.com/en-us/publish/
All the info developers may need to write apps
Windows 10 courses in MVA https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/en-US/training-courses/getting-started-with-windows-10-for-it-professionals-10629/ Great site to get online courses on Windows 10
Channel https://channel9.msdn.com/windows/ Another great online resource for Windows 10 related videos
Windows 10 Jumpstart http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/liveevents/preparing-your-enterprise-for-windows-10-as-a-service/ A live event on August 14th

VS2012 Giveaway is not there this time

Since VS2005, all Developer MVPs has 3 giveaway on the VS subscription. Some MVPs were giving it to public, some MVPs were giving to friends, some MVPs were giving it to memebrs of their local community. However, this time there is no such giveaway when VS2012 launch. Why? I don’t know the reason. But I think, VS2012 which is targeting Win8 development and Microsoft should enourage developers to build apps to Microsoft Store. So I highly recommend tht MVP program could try to arrange this.