The Quick Access feature in Windows 10 provides a convenient way to access folders that you frequently use by pinning them. In some situations, the pinned shortcuts in Quick Access get stuck and unable to remove or unpin. Quick access sometimes loses track of a target folder if it’s deleted or moved to another folder or drive, with the pinned item still pointing to the old location.
Here is a classic case where Quick access failed to update the Pinned item’s target (and showing “Location is not available” error) after the original folder was moved to a different drive.
If an item in Quick access is stuck, here are some methods using which you can unpin or remove the problematic item.
[Fix] Quick access Pinned Shortcuts Stuck
Use one of these options to remove the stuck item in Windows 10 Quick Access.
Option 1: Create a new folder in the old location, and then Unpin it
In File Explorer, try to remove the pinned item by right-clicking and choosing Unpin from Quick access or use Remove from Quick access (for frequent places that’s added automatically).
But if that doesn’t work, create a folder with the same name and in the same location where the pinned item expects the folder to be. Then, open File Explorer and unpin or remove the item.
Option 2: Reset the Quick Access Recent Items
This option applies if a “recent” folder (not a pinned item) has got stuck. Right-click the Quick Access star icon, click Options. Click the Clear button.
This clears the Recent folders list in Quick Access without affecting the custom Pinned items.
Option 3: Multi-Select Items and Unpin them
- Click Quick Access.
- In the right pane or the folder view, select the pinned item that’s stuck.
- Press the Ctrl key, and select another item that you want to unpin.
- Right-click on the selection, and choose Unpin from Quick access.
Option 4: Reset or Clear the Quick access Shortcuts
There are situations where nothing of the above methods would remove the invalid or stuck pinned shortcut in Quick access. The Quick access pinned and frequent items data are kept in a file named
f01b4d95cf55d32a.automaticDestinations-ms in the following folder:
Type the above path in the File Explorer address bar, and delete this file:
Or simply copy the following command and paste in the Run dialog (Win + R) to delete the file via Command Prompt:
cmd.exe /c del "%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\f01b4d95cf55d32a.automaticDestinations-ms"
This clears the custom pinned and frequent items listing in Quick access. Windows regenerates this file immediately the next time you open File Explorer, listing the default ones.
Note: You don’t need to clear all the
*.automaticDestinations-ms files in that folder as some websites suggest.
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