How to Change the Order of Quick Access Toolbar Items in File Explorer


  1. Posts : 26
    Windows 10 Home ver 20H2, Build 19042.867
       #1

    How to Change the Order of Quick Access Toolbar Items in File Explorer


    How do I change/reorder File Explorer's Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) items? I put a bunch of ribbon commands on the File Explorer Quick Access Toolbar but I'm not happy with the order in which they appear... I added them as I came across them and now I would like to resort them into a more logical order.

    This is never a problem for any of the Office QAT bars: just click the right-hand drop-down arrow on the toolbar and up pops a menu to "Customize Quick Access Toolbar". Click More Commands... and from there, on the right-hand side, I can move up or move down any item until I'm happy with the order.

    Is there a reason this option does not appear on the File Explorer QAT?

    Since it doesn't, how do I open this dialog?

    My system is fully up-to-date. I appreciate your help.

    Thanks!
    Carol
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  2. Posts : 35,000
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, lacking such an option, I wondered if there was anything sensible in the registry - pure optimism of course.

    How to Customize File Explorers Quick Access Toolbar in Windows 10

    appears to show where the data for the toolbar is stored. Unfortunately it does not look helpful, much as you might expect. Nor would you wish to be accessing such data in any case.
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  3. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #3

    mangorunner said:
    How do I change/reorder File Explorer's Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) items?
    Remove them and start over, (in the order you desire)
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  4. Posts : 265
    Windows 10 Enterprise
       #4

    I just click and drag mine to the order I like.
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  5. Posts : 13,588
    Windows10
       #5

    Edwin said:
    Remove them and start over, (in the order you desire)
    You can just drag and drop items manually to sort them.
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  6. Posts : 35,000
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    Drag 'n drop doesn't work for me- maybe that's implemented in 1803 on. Other internet comments refer to removing and re-adding- but perhaps those are about older builds?
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  7. Posts : 17,831
    Windows 10
       #7

    Drag and Drop does not work.
    You have to remove all of them then add items in your preferred order...

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  8. Posts : 26
    Windows 10 Home ver 20H2, Build 19042.867
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Drag and drop does not work for me, either. (If it did, this post would not exist.) I have Windows 10 Home 1803.

    @dalchina, thanks for the link in your first post. I think I had come across that in my research awhile back, but it was interesting to see.

    @Edwin, touche with your recommendation to remove and start over by adding them in the desired order. That will probably be the best and quickest way for the moment. A nice printscreen will assist me in remembering what toolbar items I have/had.

    Thanks for the help, everyone!
    Carol
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