Fix Broken Quick Access in Windows 10

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Having trouble with the Quick Access feature in Windows 10? Here’s how I fixed it.

Overview of Quick Access

Quick Access in Windows 10 is a feature that allows users to easily access their frequently used files and folders. However, sometimes this feature can break or stop working properly.

To fix broken Quick Access in Windows 10, you can follow these steps:

1. First, open File Explorer by clicking on the folder icon in the taskbar or by pressing the Windows key + E.

2. Next, click on the “View” tab at the top of the File Explorer window.

3. In the “Show/hide” section of the toolbar, click on the “Options” button.

4. This will open the Folder Options window. Select the “General” tab.

5. Under the “Privacy” section, click on the “Clear” button next to “Clear File Explorer history”. This will remove any previous Quick Access data.

6. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

7. If the issue persists, you can try resetting the Quick Access feature. Open the Registry Editor by pressing the Windows key + R, typing “regedit”, and pressing Enter.

8. In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

9. Right-click on the “Advanced” folder and select “Export” to create a backup of the registry.

10. After creating the backup, right-click on the “Advanced” folder again and select “Delete” to remove it.

11. Close the Registry Editor and restart your computer.

After following these steps, the Quick Access feature should be fixed and working properly in Windows 10.

Initial Steps for Troubleshooting

To troubleshoot a broken Quick Access in Windows 10, follow these initial steps:

1. First, restart your computer. Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve minor issues with Quick Access.

2. If restarting doesn’t work, try resetting the Quick Access settings. To do this, open File Explorer and go to the “View” tab. Click on “Options” and then select “Change folder and search options.” In the “General” tab, click on “Clear” next to “Clear File Explorer history.” Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save the changes.

3. If the issue persists, you can try rebuilding the Quick Access database. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type “regedit” and press Enter to open the Windows Registry Editor. Navigate to the following path: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced“. Right-click on the “Advanced” folder and select “Delete.” Confirm the deletion and then restart your computer.

4. If none of the above solutions work, you can try using third-party software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover any lost data or restore your system to a previous state using System Restore.

Disabling and Re-enabling Quick Access

To fix broken Quick Access in Windows 10, you can disable and re-enable the feature. This process can help resolve any issues you may be experiencing.

To disable Quick Access, follow these steps:

1. Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key and E simultaneously.
2. In the File Explorer window, click on the “View” tab.
3. In the “View” tab, click on the “Options” button.
4. In the “Folder Options” window that appears, click on the “General” tab.
5. Under the “Privacy” section, uncheck the box that says “Show frequently used folders in Quick Access.”
6. Click on the “Apply” button, then click “OK” to save the changes.

To re-enable Quick Access, follow these steps:

1. Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key and E simultaneously.
2. In the File Explorer window, click on the “View” tab.
3. In the “View” tab, click on the “Options” button.
4. In the “Folder Options” window that appears, click on the “General” tab.
5. Under the “Privacy” section, check the box that says “Show frequently used folders in Quick Access.”
6. Click on the “Apply” button, then click “OK” to save the changes.

Clearing and Resetting Quick Access Data

To clear and reset Quick Access data in Windows 10, follow these steps:

1. Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E.

2. Click on the “View” tab at the top of the window.

3. In the “Show/hide” section, click on the “Options” button.

4. In the “Folder Options” window, go to the “General” tab.

5. Under the “Privacy” section, click on the “Clear” button.

6. A confirmation dialog will appear. Click on “Clear all” to remove all the Quick Access data.

7. To reset Quick Access, go to the “View” tab again and click on the “Options” button.

8. In the “Folder Options” window, go to the “General” tab.

9. Under the “Privacy” section, click on the “Reset” button.

10. A confirmation dialog will appear. Click on “Yes” to reset Quick Access to its default settings.

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FAQ

Why is my Windows 10 Quick Access not working?

Your Windows 10 Quick Access may not be working due to a couple of reasons. One possible solution is to disable and then re-enable Quick Access. Alternatively, you can try manually deleting certain %appdata% files associated with it.

How do I rebuild quick access in Windows 10?

To rebuild quick access in Windows 10, open File Explorer by pressing Win + E, right-click on Quick access, select Options, go to the View tab, choose Reset Folders, and click Yes in the popup window.

How do I reset Windows 10 Quick Access?

To reset Windows 10 Quick Access, go to the View tab, select Options, clear the check boxes in the Privacy section, and click Apply. This will make Quick Access only display your pinned folders. Please note that if you turn the check boxes back on, previously removed files from Quick Access may reappear.

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