Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer  

    Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer

    Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer

    How to Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer
    Published by Category: Customization
    03 Jul 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer


    The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) is a small, customizable toolbar that exposes a set of Commands that are specified by the application or selected by the user.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove command items from the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: To Add Command Items to Quick Access Toolbar in File Explorer
    • Option Two: To Remove Command Items from Quick Access Toolbar in File Explorer



    EXAMPLE: Quick Access Toolbar in File Explorer
    Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer-quick_access_toolbar.png




    OPTION ONE

    To Add Command Items to Quick Access Toolbar in File Explorer


    1 While in File Explorer (Win+E), do step 2, step 3, step 4, or step 5 below for how you would like to add commands to QAT.

    2 Right click or press and hold on a button (ex: Open Settings) in the Ribbon you want to add to QAT, and click/tap on Add to Quick Access Toolbar. (see screenshot below)

    Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer-file_explorer_qat-1b.png

    OR

    3 Click/tap on the Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu arrow, and check the commands you want to add. (see screenshot below)

    Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer-file_explorer_qat-1.png

    OR

    4 Click/tap on File, click/tap on the Open command prompt menu arrow, right click or press and hold on either Open command prompt or Open command prompt as administrator for what you want to add, and click/tap on Add to Quick Access Toolbar. (see screenshot below)

    Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer-add_command_prompt_to_quick_access_toolbar.png

    OR

    5 Click/tap on File, click/tap on the Open Windows PowerShell menu arrow, right click or press and hold on either Open Windows PowerShell or Open Windows PowerShell as administrator for what you want to add, and click/tap on Add to Quick Access Toolbar. (see screenshot below)

    Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer-add_powershell_to_quick_access_toolbar.png






    OPTION TWO

    To Remove Command Items from Quick Access Toolbar in File Explorer


    1 While in File Explorer (Win+E), do step 2 or step 3 below for how you would like to remove commands from QAT.

    2 Right click or press and hold on a command on the Quick Access Toolbar, and click/tap on Remove from Quick Access Toolbar. (see screenshot below)

    Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer-file_explorer_qat-3.png

    OR

    3 Click/tap on the Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu arrow, and uncheck the commands you want to remove. (see screenshot below)

    Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer-file_explorer_qat-2.png


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 55
    10 pro
       #1

    How do I do these from a .bat or .reg file?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #2

    SpacemanSam said:
    How do I do these from a .bat or .reg file?
    Hello mate,

    You could use the same QatItems binary value in the registry key like in the tutorial below to backup and restore.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Ribbon

    Backup and Restore Quick Access Toolbar in Windows 10 File Explorer
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  3. Posts : 55
    10 pro
       #3

    Thanks. I looked at that, and while it accomplishes approximately what I want to do, it doesn't allow customization by editing source code.

    I looked around some more and found this: [PowerShell] Powershell script to set Explorer Quick Access Toolbar Items - Pastebin.com
    It's a PowerShell script that allows individual buttons to be selected by editing the code.

    I'm going to modify it to allow the registry key to be specified as a parameter, so it can be called from my .bat file that sets user-specific options for all users. I may also add the ability to pass the desired options in as parameters.

    I'll post the final version here soon.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,989
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Great find.

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  5. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
       #5

    can i completely remove that bar?
    im using windowblinds skins and that bar looks awful. any way to remove/hide it?
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  6. Edwin's Avatar
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       #6

    askfriends said:
    can i completely remove that bar?
    im using windowblinds skins and that bar looks awful. any way to remove/hide it?
    Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer-000396.png
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  7. Posts : 9
    Windows 10
       #7

    Edwin said:
    Add or Remove Quick Access Toolbar Items in Windows 10 File Explorer-000396.png
    thanks
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  8. Posts : 84
    Win10 Pro, Version 21H2 (Build 19044.1348) (02.12.2021)
       #8

    SpacemanSam said:
    It's a PowerShell script that allows individual buttons to be selected by editing the code
    Can I add a custom tool to the quick access toolbar?

    Let's say I have installed "Irfanview" as default graphic viewer program.
    But sometimes I would like to modify such a file with Photoshop.
    How can I add my installed Photoshop to the quick access toolbar and use with one single left mouse click for the selected file?

    (I know how to add Photoshop in this example to the right click context menu "Open with". I would like to have a one click solution for this situation).
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