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...
Folders pinned to Quick access will display under Folders in Quick access in File Explorer, and under Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer.
Folders you pin or unpin for Quick access will also be pinned or unpinned in the jump list of File Explorer on the taskbar and Start menu.
Clearing and resetting Quick access folders will remove all frequent and pinned folders in Quick access, and restore the default pinned Desktop, Downloads, Documents, and Pictures folders in Quick access and File Explorer jump list. This can be helpful if you are having issues using Pin to Quick access, Unpin from Quick access, or you just wanted to clear and reset Quick access folders back to default.
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 clear and reset Quick access frequent folders back to default for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
EXAMPLE: Quick access folders and Pinned folders on File Explorer jump list before and after clear and reset
Open Windows Terminal, and select Command Prompt.
Copy and paste the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
del /f /s /q /a "%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\f01b4d95cf55d32a.automaticDestinations-ms"
You can now close the command prompt if you like.
Open File Explorer (Win+E).
Perform the following actions. (see screenshot below)
- Click/tap on the icon to the left in the address bar of File Explorer.
- Copy and paste
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinationsinto the address bar, and press Enter.
You can now close File Explorer if you like.
- Clear File Explorer History in Windows 11
- Add or Remove Home in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 11
- Add or Remove Pin to Quick access Context Menu in Windows 11
- Pin to Quick Access and Unpin from Quick Access in Windows 11
- Add or Remove Frequent Folders in Quick Access in Windows 11
- Add or Remove Quick Access in File Explorer Home in Windows 11