How to Rename Quick access in Windows 10 File Explorer?

We saw how to change the Quick access icon in a previous article. This post tells you how to rename “Quick access” to use a caption text of your choice. Again, this involves editing the registry.

Rename the Quick access folder in File Explorer

1. Start the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) and go to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID

2. Create a subkey named {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6} if it doesn’t already exist.

3. With the key {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6} selected, in the right-pane, create a string value named LocalizedString.

4. Double-click LocalizedString and set a custom name (for example, “Favorites”) for the Quick access folder.

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5. Under {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}, create a subkey named ShellFolder





6. With the {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}\ShellFolder key selected, create the following DWORD values and set the corresponding data.

Value : Attributes
Data  : b080010d (hex)

Value : FolderValueFlags
Data  : 00042220 (hex)

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7. Next, go to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

8. Create a DWORD value named {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6} and set its value data to 1. This step is required to prevent the now renamed Quick access icon from appearing on the desktop.

9. Exit the Registry Editor. Logoff and login back for the changes to take effect. Or close all folder windows and Exit and Restart the Explorer shell, making sure that no explorer.exe instances are running before starting a new Explorer shell.

Screenshots – Before and after renaming Quick access.

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Quick access – default icon and caption
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Quick access (renamed to “Favorites”)
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Quick access renamed to “Favorites” and its icon changed.

Src: This method was first published by Winaero.com

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