Quick Folder Navigation with Windows 10

File Explorer is used routinely to navigate folders and files. Often we move from one folder to another. What if we want to go back to a specific folder in the recent history?  In the file explorer  you see two buttons just below the ribbon Left arrow and Right arrow. This is used to navigate previously navigated folder in backward or forward direction.  In this case you have to click on these buttons multiple times to reach the desired folder.
Fortunately there is a better method of Quick Folder Navigation. Click on the down arrow next to these Back and Forward buttons. This one shows the list of recently navigated folders. Now you can directly choose the desired one. Simple but very useful.

Quick Folder Navigation

Unpin Quick Access Folder

The general rule is: If you see a pin, you can unpin it. That rule fails if you try to Unpin Quick Access Folder in Windows 10. Commonly used folders should be pinned to the Quick Access area. Right click on any folder and choose Pin To Quick Access. Now you can go to the folder in just one click.

Pin to Quick Access


Unpin Quick Access Folder

In case you want to Unpin Quick Access Folder, you will want to click on the pin to unpin it. Unfortunately, that does not work. You must right click on the pinned item and choose Unpin From Quick Access option.

Unpin Quick Access Folder

Drag drop also works for pinning folders. Drag the folder and drop it IN BETWEEN existing Quick Access Items. Be very careful while doing it. If you drag drop a folder on another folder, the entire folder will be MOVED or COPIED. Undo works in case you make a mistake. The cursor should look like this to PIN it rather than move it:

Drag Drop to add folders to Quick Access

Use Quick Access area to speed up navigation to commonly used folders. If you are working on a project, add those folders as well. After the project is complete, remember to remove the related folders from Quick Access. Although Quick Access has no limit on entries, if you need to waste time to look for a Quick Access entry in a long list, it is not longer quick!

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Handwritten notes to Tasks

OneNote works well with a stylus to capture handwritten notes. But did you know that you could convert the Handwritten notes to Tasks? Here is how.

Handwritten notes to Tasks in OneNote

Select the handwritten note (click, touch, lasso select). Right click (extended touch) if required. From the toolbar open the Outlook Tasks dropdown. Choose the deadline. Choose Custom to enter specific deadline and / or delegate the task using Assign Task option. That’s it.

Handwritten notes to Tasks - Toolbar

Now go to Task folder in Outlook and check the Task entry. The handwriting is automatically converted to text. The reference to the original handwritten item in OneNote is automatically embedded. Do not delete it. This reference helps Outlook mark the equivalent action item in the OneNote Page as complete.

Handwritten notes to Tasks - shown in Outlook

When the task is marked as complete in Outlook, the equivalent task (handwritten text) in OneNote will be marked as complete automatically (a green tick mark).

Handwritten notes to Tasks feature works with Desktop version of OneNote. This is an amazing example of integration across the Office platform.

For learning more about OneNote read these articles.


Excel Table AutoFill Formulas not working

Table has many benefits. One of them is Table AutoFill Formulas. If you add a formula in any table column, it copies the formula automatically. Further editing of the formula also is automatically copied to all other cells in the column. Sometimes, the AutoFill stops working. How to re-enable this feature? Here are the instructions
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