Windows Explorer in Windows 7 contains a left sidebar that displays links to favorites, drives and libraries. This section can be expanded (by right-clicking a blank spot in the sidebar and selecting "Show all folders") to include User directories, control panel and recycle bin as well.
The sidebar has its purposes. It can be used to quickly navigate to any folder on the computer, or to access folder contents quickly by double-clicking the listed folders without having to navigate to it first.
The sidebar items are also accessible in open and save windows, if those dialogs use the standard Windows way of loading and saving files. That's why it is handy to add folders to it that you use often to save files to or load files from.
There are two possibilities to add new folders to the Windows Explorer sidebar; as a new Library or a new Favorite. Favorites are often the better choice, as they are easier to create and maintain.
To add any folder to the favorites open the new folder's path in Windows Explorer, and drag and drop it into the Favorites location in the sidebar.
All folders under Favorites can be rearranged by dragging and dropping them to their new location. A click on a folder opens the folder path in the right Windows Explorer section.
Another option to add folders to the Favorites in Windows Explorer is to left-click Favorites in the sidebar. This opens all folders currently stored under Favorites in the right section. Now new folders can be created or dragged and dropped into the area.
Some folders that might be worth adding to the sidebar are the User folder, a Downloads folder to quickly load and save files or the program files folder to start programs faster.
It is possible to delete entries that are listed in the favorites as well. To do so simply select the entry and hit the delete key on the keyboard. This removes only the link to the folder in the favorites but not the folder itself.
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