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To access files, folders, and settings on Windows, you usually have to go digging through many locations. Save yourself that trouble by using the instantly-find-anything Desktop toolbar.

Right-click on an empty space on the taskbar and click on Properties in the context menu. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog that pops up, switch to the Toolbars tab and check the box for Desktop. Click on Apply and exit the dialog.


Now if you look at the space to the left of the system tray, you should see the word “Desktop” with a tiny pair of arrows next to it. That’s your Desktop toolbar.

Clicking on the arrow icon reveals a nested list that gives you access to nearly every file and folder on Windows, including Control Panel sections, Libraries, and even your OneDrive folder. Really handy, right?



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Do you think this hidden toolbar makes a great access point for your Windows files and settings? Will you be using it more often? Tell us in the comments.

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