What is the “Home” folder on Windows and how to customize it

The “Home” folder was introduced by Microsoft starting with the Windows 10 operating system. The purpose of the “Home” folder is to provide users with a simpler way to organize and quickly access frequently used or most important folders and files.

The structure of the “Home” folder is divided into three categories for organizing folders and files: “Quick Access,” “Favorites,” and “Recents.”

"Home" folder in Windows 11
Home Folder in Windows

What is the “Home” folder on Windows?

In Windows 10 and Windows 11, the “Home” folder (or “Acasă” in Romanian) is not a physical folder in the file system but rather an access point that gathers and displays content from multiple locations within the file system. Therefore, it is more of a virtual folder or a library where you can add shortcuts to folders and files from your storage space or OneDrive.

The organization of folders and files in the “Home” folder is done in two main categories, as follows:

Quick Access

Quick Access is the first category in the organization of the “Home” folder, where you can add shortcuts to partitions or the most accessed or important folders from your storage space or OneDrive. Only folders can be added to “Quick Access,” not files.

To add a folder to “Home,” all you need to do is right-click on the folder you want to add, then in the menu that opens, click on “Pin to Quick access.”

After this step, the folder will be added to the “Home” folder under “Quick Access.”

Favorites

The “Favorites” section in the “Home” folder is intended for quick access to files stored on the hard disk or in OneDrive. For example, if you have a file in a location on your storage space that you frequently access, it can be added to “Favorites” in the virtual “Home” folder.

To add a file to the “Favorites” section of “Home,” navigate to the file’s location, right-click on it, then click on “Add to Favorites.”

Add File To Home Favorites
Add File To Home Favorites

After this step, the file will be added to the “Favorites” section, from where it can be accessed without needing to navigate to its location on the storage space.

In this way, you can organize your folders and files in the “Home” folder on Windows 11 or Windows 10.

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To remove folders and files from the virtual “Home” folder, right-click on the folder or file you want to remove, then click on the “Unpin from Quick access” or “Unpin from Favorites” option.

In conclusion, the “Home” folder provides an easy way to access and organize personal files and folders without having to navigate through the entire file system to find them. It is a useful and practical approach for managing personal content in Windows.

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