How to Make Folders ‘Sticky’ in Windows Explorer

Learn how you have sticky folders in Windows Explorer so that the most frequently used folder stay on top always.

July 21, 2012

Windows Explorer, by default, will sort your list of folders by name so a lesser-used folder like “archives” will have a more visible position than, say, the “important” folder.

However, if you would like to keep your frequently-used file folders “pinned” near the top of the Explorer pane, you can easily do that by adding a symbol (like ~, !, ^ but not | or *) to the name of the folder.

Other than symbols, digits may also be used but I think a nomenclature like “~important” sounds slightly better than “1important”  or “1-important” though the prefix doesn’t matter as far as Windows Search is concerned.