100 Windows 10 tips and tricks

56. Pin and reorder folders

You can also pin folders in the Quick Access list on the navigation panel to make sure they don't disappear regardless of their frequent or recent use.

To change their listing order, simply select a folder and drag it above or below the other listed folders.

57. Change the default view in File Explorer

File Explorer now defaults to the Quick Access view, but if you want it to go straight to This PC on launch, click on the View tab, select Options and change the 'Open File Explorer to' setting to 'This PC'.

58. Selectively Sync folders with OneDrive

OneDrive is now more flexible and user-friendly. To customise the folders it syncs, right-click on the OneDrive icon in the notification area, select Settings, switch to the 'Choose folders' tab, and click the 'Choose folders' button to select the cloud folders that you want available locally.

59. Access files remotely

Under the OneDrive Settings tab, if you toggle the 'Let me use OneDrive to fetch any of my files on this PC' option, you can access your files from another computer using the OneDrive website.

60. Automatically back up libraries

To backup your libraries, plug in an external drive and head over to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Backup.

Click on the 'Add a drive' option and select the plugged in drive and then enable the option, found under File History.

61. Access Previous versions of files

Once you've set up the File History preference, you can right-click on any file, select Properties, and open the Previous Versions tab to see past revisions to the file saved by either File History or Windows' system restore points.

62. Restart Explorer

To quickly apply changes that require restarting the computer, launch the Task manager by right-clicking on the taskbar.

Click the 'More Details' button and under the 'Processes' tab look for an entry named 'Windows Explorer'. Then right-click on it and select 'Restart'.

63. Change the location of Edge's Downloads folder

To force the Edge browser to use a custom Downloads folder, head to the Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\AppContainer\Storage\microsoft.microsoftedge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge\Main key.

Create a new String named 'Default Download Directory' and set its value to the path of the new folder, such as D:\Downloads.

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