The Quick Access location is a new folder in Windows 10's File Explorer. It is where Explorer opens by default instead of This PC. Quick Access shows recent files and frequent folders in a single view. You can also pin various locations inside Quick Access. There is a special context menu command "Pin to Quick Access" available for certain file types. It allows the user to pin them to the appropriate folder for faster access. If you find no use for Quick Access, you can remove the context menu.
The Quick Access location is a new option in File Explorer of Windows 10. Quick Access collects recent files and frequent folders to show them in a single view. You can also pin various locations inside Quick Access. Quick Access always shows these pinned locations regardless of how rarely you visit them.
Tip: If you are not using Quick Access and prefer to not see it in the navigation pane, you can hide and remove the Quick Access in from File Explorer in Windows 10. See How to hide and remove Quick Access icon from File Explorer in Windows 10.
If you find no use for Quick Access, you can remove the Pin to Quick Access context menu. Here is how it can be done. You must be signed in with an administrative account to continue.
To remove the Pin to Quick Access context menu in Windows 10, do the following.
- Download the following ZIP archive and extract it to any folder.
- Double-click the Remove Pin to Quick Access.reg file.
- Confirm both the UAC and merge operation prompt.
This will remove the Pin to Quick Access context menu command. See the following screenshots.
To restore the menu command, you can use the provided Restore Pin to Quick Access.reg file.
Also, you can remove this context menu entry manually if you want. Follow the instructions below.
Remove Pin to Quick Access Context Menu Entry Manually
This can be done by editing the Registry.
- Open the Registry Editor app.
- Go to the following Registry key.
See how to go to a Registry key with one click.
- Here, delete the "pintohome" subkey.
- Now, go to the key
- Delete the"pintohome" subkey if you have it here.
To restore the command, you can use the Registry files provided above.
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