Weekly Computer Tip # 315
5 August 2010

Last updated 16 April 2024 - this feature is no longer available in Windows 11

How to keep your documents within easy reach (Microsoft Windows 7 - 10)

Hope you've all been enjoying the beautiful weather in July; I have - hence the fact that you didn't get a tip for three whole weeks. But the weather is pretty miserable today, so I'm back with a tip on how to quickly get to the documents in your My Documents folder.

Here's how:

  1. Right-click an empty area on the taskbar (the area to the right of your Start button).
  2. Point to Toolbars, and then select New toolbar.
  3. Navigate to the folder (even on a different drive) you access frequently.
  4. Click OK (in Windows XP) or Select Folder (in Windows 7)

In future you can quickly access your documents by clicking the double chevron (>>) on the taskbar.

What if you get fed up with it at some point? (Probably when you do your next spring-clean.) Simply right-click an empty area on the taskbar, point to Toolbars and untick the relevant folder.