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Where is the Accessories Folder in Windows 10?

Windows 10 has a new look and a lot of new features, with more on the way. However, if you’ve recently upgraded from Windows 7 to 10, you might be wondering where the Accessories folder is hiding.

The Accessories folder contains traditional apps like Paint, Notepad, Sticky Notes, Steps Recorder, Snipping Tool, and others. In this new version of the OS, Microsoft has renamed the folder to “Windows Accessories”.

Find Accessories Folder in Windows 10

If you are running Windows 10 version 20H2 or below the easiest way to find the Windows Accessories folder is on the Start Menu. Click the Start button or hit the Windows key on your keyboard to launch it. A list of apps and folders will be alphabetically listed on the left-hand column. Click one of the app letters to find apps by the first letter on the Start menu.

That will bring up a full menu of letters in alphabetical order. Click on “W” from the list.

 Start-Menu

That will bring you to the “W” section of the apps list. Click on the Windows Accessories folder to expand it and display all of its tools and apps.

Windows Accessories

Use the following to open the Windows Accessories folder up in File Explorer. Open the Run dialog by using the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + R on your keyboard.

Then copy and paste the following in the Run dialog box and hit Enter or click OK. Or, simply open File Explorer and paste the path into the address bar.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories

windows accessories file explorer

There you go! Also, note that you can find other traditional system utilities that you might have thought vanished like the Windows Administrative Tools folder. And for more tips on finding classic utilities read our article on how to find Control Panel and other familar Windows 7 tools in Windows 10.

Windows is Moving More Classics

It’s important to note that in future versions of Windows 10, Microsoft will be moving classic utilities and other tools again.

Starting with Insider preview build 21354, Microsoft announced it is changing the name of the “Windows Administrative Tools” folder to simply “Windows Tools” in an effort to better organize admin and system tools.

You’ll be able to find it by going to Start > Windows Tools.

windows tools

That opens the Windows Tools folder where you’ll find approximately 40 shortcuts to various admin utilities like Control Panel, Steps Recorder, Event Viewer, Services, Task Scheduler, and others.

items in Windows Tools folder

As Microsoft continues to update Windows 10, you can expect the classics to move around. The compnay is trying to consolidate everything in the new Settings app. As things keep moving, we’ll do our best to keep you aprised of the situation and how to find them.

For additional help with Windows 10 or further in-depth discussions and news, make sure to join our Windows 10 Forums, it’s free to join!

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Dennis

    Nothing in the article works in my Win 10!

  2. Dennis

    There is no ‘All apps’ in my Start menu only ‘Apps’ but I do I have ‘Sticky Keys’. Accessories are nowhere to be found, as yet anyway.

  3. Dennis

    Sorry I meant Sticky Notes in my start menu. I can get these pinned to the Start menu as they can be got from the Start search box, but not Accessories.

  4. Ziggy

    You can also create a shortcut on your desktop using the following:-

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories

    • Brian Burgess

      Yup. Thanks for mentioning that for everyone Ziggy.

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