The Accessories Folder in Windows 10 Is a Useful Hidden Gem

Dave LeClair 12-04-2016

In Windows 10, the beloved Accessories folder is a little harder to find than it was in the old days. It used to be front and center in the Start menu, always ready to provide you with access to the default Windows tools like Paint, Notepad 3 Quick Ways to Turn a Chrome Tab Into a Notepad The next time you're browsing the Web and come across an idea that you need to store for later, make sure you don't forget by using a Chrome tab itself as a notepad. Read More , Run, and so on.


It’s easy to get confused and think the folder has disappeared along with some other features of older versions of Windows, but it’s still very much alive and kicking, you just need to know where to find it!

First, click the Start menu. Next, click the All Apps button the very bottom. From here, you’ll probably notice the things listed under A, and you’ll see that Accessories isn’t there. That’s because the folder is now called Windows Accessories!


Scroll down to W (or click the 0-9 on the top off the screen, then select W), and you’ll see Windows Accessories listed right there. Click it, and all the tools you know and love will be there.

What are the tools in the Windows 10 Accessories folder, you ask? You’ll still find Paint, Notepad, Windows Journal, Step Counter, Wordpad, Clipping Tool, and all kinds of tools.


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What tool do you think is most useful in the Windows Accessories folder, or do you pass on all of them in favor of third-party options? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    April 12, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Notice that Microsoft hid Internet Explorer 11 in the accessories folder.

    Other programs that used to be in the accessories folder have been moved to the Windows System folder

  2. R.W.
    April 12, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    It was hard to find at first, but I took your suggestion and pinned WordPad to the task bar. That should be fine.