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How to Customize "Quick Access Toolbar" in File Explorer in Windows 8 and 8.1

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The new Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) in Windows 8 File Explorer provides a lot of customization opportunities to help make the commands and actions you use most often in File Explorer quicker and easier to use. You can add any button (command) from the ribbon to the QAT, and you can choose to have the QAT display above or below the ribbon. You can choose approximately 200 commands to add to the QAT.

This tutorial will show you how to customize your Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) in File Explorer to add or remove commands in QAT, and to show QAT above or below the Ribbon in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.


EXAMPLE: "Quick Access Toolbar" in File Explorer

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Quick Access Toolbar - Customize in File Explorer OPTION ONE Quick Access Toolbar - Customize in File Explorer
To Show "Quick Access Toolbar" Above or Below Ribbon in File Explorer

1. In File Explorer, click/tap on the Quick Access Toolbar drop down menu arrow or on any command button in the Ribbon, and do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

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2. To Show "Quick Access Toolbar" Above the Ribbon in File Explorer
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Depending on what you right clicked on in step 1, click/tap on Show below the Ribbons (QAT) or Show Quick Access Toolbar below the Ribbon (command).

3. To Show "Quick Access Toolbar" Below the Ribbon in File Explorer

A) Depending on what you right clicked on in step 1, click/tap on Show above the Ribbons (QAT) or Show Quick Access Toolbar above the Ribbon (command).







Quick Access Toolbar - Customize in File Explorer OPTION TWO Quick Access Toolbar - Customize in File Explorer
To Add or Remove Commands in "Quick Access Toolbar" in File Explorer

1. In File Explorer, do step 2 and/or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Add Commands (buttons) to "Quick Access Toolbar"

A) Click/tap on the Quick Access Toolbar drop down menu arrow, and click/tap on an unchecked command to check and add it. (see screenshot below)

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B) Right click on any command/button or gallery in any Ribbon tab, and click on Add to Quick Access Toolbar. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: If Add to Quick Access Toolbar is grayed out, then it means that this button or gallery has already been added.

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3. To Remove Commands (buttons) from "Quick Access Toolbar"

A) Click/tap on the Quick Access Toolbar drop down menu arrow, and click/tap on a checked command to uncheck and remove it. (see screenshot below)

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OR

B) Right click on a previously added command on the Quick Access Toolbar, and click/tap on Remove from Quick Access Toolbar. (see screenshot below)

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That's it,
Shawn