How to Add or Remove Favorites in File Explorer in Windows 11

You can now pin your favorite or most used files to File Explorer. Here is how to add or remove favorites in File Explorer in Windows 11.

With recent updates, Microsoft is adding a slew of updates to Windows 11. The good thing is, due to all the frequent updates, there is something for everyone.

One such good feature is the ability to pin or add files to the Favorites section in the File Explorer. If you don’t know, Microsoft added a new section called Favorites on the File Explorer’s Home page. It appears right under the Quick Access section. You can pin or add files to the Favorites section for quick and easy access. For example, I have a photoshop template that I use almost daily. So, I pinned that file to Favorites in the File Explorer in Windows 11.

Just as you can add files to Favorites, you can remove files from Favorites in Windows 11. That way, you can manage what appears in Favorites in Windows 11.

So, without further ado, let me show you how to add or remove favorites in File Explorer in Windows 11.

Table of contents:

Add files to favorites in File Explorer

You can add any file to Favorites in the File Explorer directly. It is pretty easy to do. All it takes is two clicks, and you are done. Let me show you how.

  1. Open the File Explorer.
  2. Find the file you want to add to favorites.
  3. Right-click on the file.
  4. Choose the “Add to Favorites” option.
  5. With that, the file is added to Favorites in File Explorer.
  6. Go to the Home page to see the Favorites section.

First thing, open the File Explorer with the “Windows key + E” keyboard shortcut. After that, find the file you want to add to favorites in File Explorer in Windows 11.

Once you find the file, right-click on it. Then, choose the “Add to favorites” option.

add to favorites

The file is pinned or added to the Favorites section as soon as you do that. Click on “Home” on the sidebar to see the file. You should see the new Favorites section right under the Quick Access section.

file added to favorites

Remove files from favorites in File Explorer

You can remove files from the Favorites section with just two clicks. Let me show you how.

  1. Open the File Explorer.
  2. Click on “Home” on the sidebar.
  3. Right-click on the file you want to remove under the “Favorites” section.
  4. Choose the “Remove from Favorites” option.
  5. With that, the file is removed from the Favorites section in File Explorer.

Open File Explorer by clicking the “File Explorer icon” on the taskbar or pressing the “Win + E” shortcut. After opening the File Explorer, click on “Home” on the sidebar.

You will see the Favorites section under the Quick Access section. Find the file you want to remove, right-click on it, and choose the “Remove from Favorites” option.

remove file from favorites

The file is removed from the Favorites section when you select the option.

That is it. It is that simple to add or remove favorites in File Explorer in Windows 11.

I hope this simple and easy Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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