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Mysterious pin icon on folders

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Mysterious pin icon on folders


    So I was messing around with the various folder views in 8.1, when I noticed a pin icon in the upper right hand corner like in the screenshot below (ignore the arrow pointing to folder views; I had to get a screenshot from Google). Curious, I clicked it... and it disappeared. I thought maybe it pinned the folder to my start screen, but nothing was there. Anyone know what this mysterious icon does and how to get it back? Thanks in advance.

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    Last edited by Brink; 14 Oct 2014 at 07:48. Reason: embedded image

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    Newport, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    If you minimise the Ribbon, and then click on a ribbon tab, the ribbon will appear, only until the mouse is clicked, Either on a ribbon option or elswhere on screen. The pin allows you to set the ribbon back to the normal of always being visible

    Windows Explorer - Minimize the Ribbon in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 14 Oct 2014 at 07:49. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  3. #3


    If you click on it then select Change folder and search options, it opens the Control Panel Folder Options window.
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