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Prevent Windows From Auto-Adding Files and Folders to Quick Access

Discussion in 'Technology Advice' started by aposhark, Sep 11, 2021 at 6:57 AM.

  1. aposhark
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    aposhark Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

  2. JohnAsh
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    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    One of the nice things about modern tips tricks and issues these days is there is so often a video on what you are needing help with.
  3. oss
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    oss Somewhere Staff Member

    Quick access is very useful, it will only display a limited number of folders, ten in total + three system folders, I pin important ones like my development folder 'Visual Studio 2019' and the others below it, so I only have 4 folders that ever change depending on use, in this image below starting with 'cache' .

    One thing I wish more people would use is the keyboard shortcut that opens a new instance of Windows Explorer, it drives me nuts watching people drag a mouse to the yellow icon on the taskbar and clicking when all they have to do is hit the WindowsKey + E at the same time.

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  4. JohnAsh
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    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Looks quite alien to me these days. :D
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    oss Somewhere Staff Member

    Are you on a Mac?

    What is it on the Mac, 'Finder' ?
  6. aposhark
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    aposhark Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    I have a few Windows Explorer icons on the desktop and WindowsKey + E is much better, thanks :)
    Icons deleted now. :D:D
    I have a Thinkpad T460 and the screen real estate is quite limiting!
    I have never looked at multiple monitors as the laptop is mostly on my lap :)
    I know you have a better Thinkpad but the T460 is so easy to rest on my lap.
    I have fallen asleep so many times with it on my legs and it has never fallen off.....
  7. JohnAsh
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    JohnAsh Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    What are you trying to do? There is Finder, yes. And Safari. :D

    I hardly use Windows at all now.
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    aposhark Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Who was this question for, John?
    oss was asking how you find and manage files if you use a mac.
    I use multiple copies of File Explorer in Windows to compare folders.
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    Another keyboard shortcut :-

    After

    WindowsKey + E

    press

    WindowsKey + Left Arrow

    Your Explorer Window is now docked to the left.

    Do the same thing again but with the Right Arrow key and you have a second Explorer docked perfectly to the right.

    This applies to all applications not just Explorer and is good for comparing folders.

    It is also worth experimenting with the WindowsKey + Up and Down keys to get a feel for what they can do the behaviour is not identical in every application.

    Yes I was asking if Finder was the equivalent of Explorer, I've honestly never used a Mac.
  10. aposhark
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    aposhark Well-Known Member Lifetime Member

    Oh, how useful, Jim, thankyou ;)
    The time I have spent faffing about resizing windows :eek:

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