Windows 11 offers multiple options to access your favorite folders quickly. You can either pin your favorite folders to File Explorer Quick Access, create shortcuts on the Desktop or pin them to the Start menu. In this guide, we will show you how to pin a folder to Windows 11 Start menu.
Pinning a folder to the Start menu lets you access your favorite folders very quickly. All pinned folders appear in the Pinned apps section of the Start menu. Pinned folders appear at the bottom of the Pinned apps list 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 would like to use keyboard shortcuts, after opening the Start by pressing the Windows logo key, press the Tab key to select the first folder/app in the Pinned apps section and then press the Enter key to open the same.
Pin a folder to the Start menu in Windows 11
Step 1: Open the File Explorer and go to where the folder you want to pin to the Start menu is located.
Step 2: Perform a right-click on 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 cannot 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 pinned apps list, drag and drop the folder to the top row of the pinned apps or right-click on it and then click the Move to top option.
Unpin a folder from Windows 11 Start
Step 1: To remove a pinned folder from the Start menu, right-click on it and click the Unpin from Start option.
Pin a folder to Quick Access in Windows 11
In addition to the Start menu, one can also pin a folder to File Explorer Quick Access. Here is how to do that.
Step 1: Perform a right-click on the folder you want to pin to the Quick Access and then click the Pin to Quick Access option.
Create a folder shortcut on Windows 11 desktop
Step 1: Right-click on the folder, click Show more options to see the full context menu (classic version of the context menu), click Send to, and select Desktop (create shortcut) to create a shortcut of the selected folder on the Desktop.