Personalization Add or Remove Pin to Quick access Context Menu in Windows 11


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Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer (Win+E) allows you to quickly access and view your pinned locations, frequent folders, and recent files from one location in Quick Access.

You can Pin to Quick access and Unpin from Quick access items. These locations include local and network files files (build 22557), folders, drives, libraries, OneDrive, This PC, Recycle Bin, etc...

Starting with Windows 11 build 22593, Quick access is now called Home. The name Quick access has been repurposed for the pinned/frequent folders section and Pinned files is now called Favorites to align with Office and OneDrive. Recent and pinned files displayed in Home are now searchable using the search box in File Explorer even if they are not local files, so you can find Office files recently shared with you.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Pin to Quick access context menu for all users in Windows 11.


You must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the "Pin to Quick access" context menu.



Contents



EXAMPLE: Quick access and "Pin to Quick access" context menu

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Pin_to_Quick_access_context_menu.png





Option One

Add "Pin to Quick access" Context Menu


This is the default setting.


1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and save it to your desktop.

Add_Pin_to_Quick_access_to_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shell\pintohome]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shell\pintohome]
"CommandStateHandler"="{b455f46e-e4af-4035-b0a4-cf18d2f6f28e}"
"CommandStateSync"=""
"MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-51377"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shell\pintohome\command]
"DelegateExecute"="{b455f46e-e4af-4035-b0a4-cf18d2f6f28e}"


[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\pintohome]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\pintohome]
"CommandStateHandler"="{b455f46e-e4af-4035-b0a4-cf18d2f6f28e}"
"CommandStateSync"=""
"MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-51377"
"NeverDefault"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\pintohome\command]
"DelegateExecute"="{b455f46e-e4af-4035-b0a4-cf18d2f6f28e}"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\pintohome]
"AppliesTo"="System.ParsingName:<>\"::{679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6}\" AND System.ParsingName:<>\"::{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}\" AND System.IsFolder:=System.StructuredQueryType.Boolean#True"
"MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-51377"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\pintohome\command]
"DelegateExecute"="{b455f46e-e4af-4035-b0a4-cf18d2f6f28e}"


[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Network\shell\pintohome]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Network\shell\pintohome]
"CommandStateHandler"="{b455f46e-e4af-4035-b0a4-cf18d2f6f28e}"
"CommandStateSync"=""
"MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-51377"
"NeverDefault"=""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Network\shell\pintohome\command]
"DelegateExecute"="{b455f46e-e4af-4035-b0a4-cf18d2f6f28e}"

2 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

3 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

4 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

5 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




Option Two

Remove "Pin to Quick access" Context Menu


1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and save it to your desktop.

Remove_Pin_to_Quick_access_from_context_menu.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shell\pintohome]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\pintohome]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\pintohome]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Network\shell\pintohome]

2 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

3 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

4 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

5 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Brink

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I tried another reg update I found here: Show or hide Pin to Quick access in context menu in Windows 11 This placed the P2QA on the main menu. The Add reg file from you did not. Perhaps you want to compare yours with the one at the link I included to see if there is a difference. If they are the same then I can't explain why yours didn't work when I used it.

The REG file contents are identical to the one here, so I'm not sure why one would work and not the other. :what:
 

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streetwolf

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Interesting. When I ran yours I only got the Pin to QA on the show more options menu. Now I get it on both the main and the show more menu. Who knows what went wrong when I tried yours. Chalk it up to another computer mystery.
 

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