“Favorites” on the home screen of Windows 11 Explorer can pin only files and can be displayed additionally. If you want a folder to appear on the Explorer home screen, you can pin it to Quick Access and customize the Explorer home screen for your convenience. This page introduces how to display files and folders on the Explorer home screen.
Please see the following page for how to disable the display of recently used items in Explorer instead of your own favorites.
Add file to Explorer Favorites
Only files can be added to the ” Favorites ” display on the home screen of Explorer . If you want to display folders, see Add to Quick Access in the next section. 1. Right-click the favorite file you want to display in “Favorites” on the home screen of Explorer. 2. Click Add to Favorites from the right-click menu. 3. Display the home screen of Explorer, and if it is displayed in “Favorites”, it is completed.
Tip: Files displayed in Favorites
Only files can be added to Favorites and viewed, but executable files such as apps can also be added to Favorites. If you add the shortcut icon of the app to your favorites, you can also start the app from the favorites on the explorer home screen.
Add Favorite Folders to Quick Access in Explorer
If you want to add favorite folders to the home screen of Explorer, add them to “Quick Access” instead of “Favorites” . It cannot be displayed in the Favorites area. 1. Right-click the folder you want to display on the Explorer home screen. 2. Click “Pin to Quick Access” in the right-click menu. 3. Display the home screen of Explorer, and if it is displayed in “Quick Access”, it is completed.
Tip: Display Favorite Folders
In Quick Access, frequently used folders are displayed by default. If you want to display only your favorite folders , refer to “How to hide recently used files and folders” at the beginning and set “Frequently Used Folders” in Quick Access not to be displayed.
Deleting files and folders from favorites and quick access on the home screen of Explorer is a deletion only for display, so the original data remains without being deleted.
Remove display of favorite files
Deleting a view from favorites You can delete a view by right-clicking the file and clicking “Remove from Favorites” in the menu.
Remove view of files in quick access
You can remove the display by right-clicking the folder you want to remove from Quick Access and clicking “Unpin from Quick Access” in the menu.