How to Add Folder Shortcuts to Windows 11 Start Menu

Windows 11 lets you add or remove folder shortcuts to the Start menu by turning on or off the toggle switch.

Here are the folders you can add this way:

  • File Explorer
  • Documents
  • Downloads
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Network
  • Personal Folder

These folder shortcuts are for quick access, and if added, you can find them next to the Power button in the Start menu.

Add Folders to Windows 11 Start Menu

Here are the steps:

Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I.

Hit Personalization on the left sidebar.

Click on Start on the right.

Hit “Folders” beneath the “Show recently opened items in Start, Jump Lists, and File Explorer.”

You can now see the folders and switch beside them.

Turn on the switch to the folder you wish to add.

That’s it. Open the Start menu, and you will see the change.

Check out this guide if you want to pin any folder or file to the Start menu.


  • You can remove the folder shortcuts if you prefer, and for that, you need to follow the steps above to get to the “Folders” screen and turn off the switch of the folder you would like to remove.
  • You can quickly get to the “Folders” screen by right-clicking on the folder shortcut you’ve added and selecting “Personalize this list.”

That’s it.

I hope this guide, “How to Add Folder Shortcuts to Windows 11 Start Menu,” is helpful to you.

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