Microsoft today detailed the new Quick Access feature in Windows 10. In previous versions of Windows, we had a feature called Favorites that allowed us to pin our favorite folders to a single place. With Quick access, Microsoft is expanding on the ability to pin folders by automatically showing you folders that you frequently used, and showing you files that you’ve recently accessed. Quick access will become more personal as you start using your Windows 10 PC.
So what exactly is Quick access showing you?
The navigation pane shows the same folders as the main content area on the right. Folders with pins next to them are ones that won’t ever go away on their own. We start you off with a few common folders, but you’re in full control of what’s pinned. If you see folders that don’t have pins, those are your frequently used folders. When you do things like open files, create new files, etc., the containing folder has a frequency score that increases. Once it’s above a certain threshold, it’ll start showing up in Quick access as a frequent folder. We’ll show up to 4 frequent folders, always below the pinned ones. Since we only show the 4 folders with the highest scores, it’s possible that this list changes over time. If you want to make sure that a folder doesn’t go away, just pin it. Lastly, in the content area we show Recent Files. These are just in chronological order, and show the path that they came from.
Read more about it here.