The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) isn’t unique to Windows Explorer. Many programs written using the Ribbon take advantage of its access to frequently used features. As more and more programs implement the Ribbon, we might find it inconvenient to (re)learn where a command is. The QAT can sometimes help ease the pain.
In case you don’t know what I am talking about, here is a visual:
Unfortunately, the feature set is limited in Windows Explorer, but it is still a useful tool if you are doing some file clean up and organizing. The Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 applications and most of the Windows accessories implement the Ribbon and QAT. Lately I am noticing many third party programs are implementing it too.
The Quick Access Toolbar is not as useful as it can be until we customize it. Here is a quick tutorial on what we can do with it in Windows Explorer.
To add an undo icon to the Quick Access Toolbar:
- Click on the drop-down button
- Click on Undo
After the action completes, you have the standard Undo icon on your toolbar.
Minimizing the Ribbon
Did you notice the “Minimize the Ribbon” selection in the Quick Access drop down?
Click it and you will turn this:
This is especially useful if you are on a small screen and need to make better use of the available real estate.
I don’t think there has been anything useful up in that corner of Windows since the Windows 3.1 days. We have pretty much trained ourselves not to look up there anymore. Check out the Quick Access Toolbar for yourself and see if you can make it fit into your workflow.