For those of you that don’t know, Quick Access is that sidebar you see on the left pane of your screen in the File Explorer. That is where all of the most used and apps and opened folders are located, and it is a tool Windows 10 uses to increase productivity.
Quick Access is extremely customizable, as you can literally drag-and-drop new entries there the way you see fit.
Since this issue may hinder productivity more or less, we’ve created a step-by-step guide that will show you exactly what you need to do to unpin any folder from QUick Acess the way it normally should.
How can I fix the Quick Access unpin issue?
1. Create a new folder in the old location, and unpin it
As such, if you encounter this issue, create a new folder precisely where the one you cannot unpin used to be. It doesn’t have to contain anything, as long as it has the exact same name. Once created, you can unpin it from Quick Acess, and then delete it for good.
2. Reset the Quick Access Recent Items list
- Open File Explorer
- Right-click the Quick Access star icon
- Click Options
- Click Clear
This feature will clear all recent folders in Quick Access, but it won’t affect the ones added by hand.
3. Select multiple items and unpin them
- Open file Explorer
- Click the Quick Access button
- The blue star at the top
- In the right pane or the folder view, select the Pinned item that’s stuck
- Press CTRL and select another item that you want to Unpin
4. Perform a total Quick Access reset
- Open File Explorer
- Go to the following file path:
- Delete this file:
- Additionally, you can Press Windows + R and type in the following line:
cmd.exe /c del "%AppData%MicrosoftWindowsRecentAutomaticDestinationsf01b4d95cf55d32a.automaticDestinations-ms"
- Open File Explorer again and the list will now be filled with default options
By following these steps you should now be able to unpin any folder from the Quick Access bar without any issues.
If you’re aware of another way to solve this problem, share it in the comments section below so that other users can try it, as well.