Windows Explorer is the application that opens whenever you have a folder open in Windows 7. It can be accessed quickly by clicking the folder icon in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen. If you haven’t noticed, or if you haven’t been using them, there are a number of helpful shortcuts in the column at the left side of the Windows Explorer window. Typically these are to default folders in your user account or connected drives, but there is a set of Favorites at the top of the column that can be customized.
Quickly Access a Folder in Windows 7 by Adding it to Your Favorites
You can add any folder location on your computer or connected drive to the Favorites section, including a folder on a flash drive or external hard drive. So if you have a USB flash drive that you carry around between a work and home computer, for example, you could add a folder on that flash drive as a favorite. The folder will remain listed even when the drive is disconnected, but you will get an error if you attempt to open the folder. Once the drive is reconnected, however, you will be able to access the files in the folder.
Step 1: Click the folder icon in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen.
Step 2: Browse to the folder location that you want to add as a favorite in Windows 7. Note that the folder location you want to add needs to be open in Windows Explorer, as in the image below.
Step 3: Right-click the Favorites link in the column at the left side of the window, then click Add current location to favorites.
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