Windows 10 has the Ribbon UI in File Explorer with a Quick Access Toolbar at the top. Yesterday we saw how it can be customized using tricks described in the article How to add any Ribbon command to the Quick Access toolbar in Windows 10. Suppose some day, you re-install Windows 10 or move to another PC with Windows 10, you wouldn't want to lose all your settings and start over again. Today I would like to share how you can backup and restore the Quick Access Toolbar's buttons and settings and apply them later to your current PC or any other PC.
Here is how my Quick Access Toolbar looks in Windows 10:
So, here is the solution.
How to backup Quick Access Toolbar buttons in Windows 10
To backup your Quick Access Toolbar buttons in Windows 10, you need to use Registry Editor.
- Open the Registry editor. If you are not familiar with Registry Editor, follow our detailed tutorial.
- Navigate to the following key:
Tip: You can access the desired Registry key with one click.
- Right click on the 'Ribbon' key on the left side and choose "export".
- The Export Registry File dialog will appear on the screen. Choose the desired location where you want to save your Quick Access Toolbar settings:
That's it! Now, to restore your Quick Access Toolbar settings on the same PC or on a fresh Windows 10 installation, just close all File Explorer windows and double click the file you have created. The next time you open File Explorer, your Quick Access Toolbar will be restored! The same can be done in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.