Backup and Restore Quick Access Toolbar in Windows 10 File Explorer  

    Backup and Restore Quick Access Toolbar in Windows 10 File Explorer

    Backup and Restore Quick Access Toolbar in Windows 10 File Explorer

    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Toolbar in Windows 10 File Explorer
    Published by Category: Backup & Restore
    03 Apr 2021
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    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Toolbar 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.

    After you have added items to the Quick Access Toolbar in File Explorer and set QAT to show above or below the Ribbon, you may wish to back up your QAT settings. You will then be able to restore or apply the backup to any account on any Windows 10 PC.

    This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore File Explorer Quick Access Toolbar settings in Windows 10.

    The Quick Access Toolbar settings are saved to the QatItems binary value in the registry key below. The downloadable .bat file below exports the Ribbon key below to back up QAT to a Quick_Access_Toolbar_Backup.reg on your desktop.

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



    Contents

    • Option One: To Back Up File Explorer Quick Access Toolbar Settings
    • Option Two: To Restore File Explorer Quick Access Toolbar Settings



    EXAMPLE: Quick Access Toolbar in File Explorer
    Backup and Restore Quick Access Toolbar in Windows 10 File Explorer-quick_access_toolbar.png






    OPTION ONE

    To Back Up File Explorer Quick Access Toolbar Settings


    1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below.

    Backup_File_Explorer_QAT_settings.bat

    Download

    2 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    3 Unblock the .bat file.

    4 Run the .bat file to apply.

    5 You will now have a Quick_Access_Toolbar_Backup.reg file created on your desktop as the backup of your Quick Access Toolbar settings. Save it to where you like to keep it stored at.






    OPTION TWO

    To Restore File Explorer Quick Access Toolbar Settings


    1 Double click/tap on the Quick_Access_Toolbar_Backup.reg file from Option One to merge it and apply the backed up QAT settings to the current user account.

    2 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    3 If File Explorer is currently open, then you can either navigate to another folder or close and reopen File Explorer to apply.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 50
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #1

    Hello Brink,

    Approximately once a week my Quick Access links are reset to default.
    I am forever having to re-pin my ten or so required folders to Quick Access.

    I downloaded your batch file to backup my Quick Access links.
    I modified it slightly to save the reg file to a different location (you had it saved to Desktop.)
    When I click on the created reg file to execute and reset my links, the reg file does execute with the usual warnings but the links are not reset in Explorer.

    Any ideas on what is going wrong?
    Also why on earth are my links reset to default so frequently anyway?

    Thanks,
    Peter
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 64,502
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    PeterAstle said:
    Hello Brink,

    Approximately once a week my Quick Access links are reset to default.
    I am forever having to re-pin my ten or so required folders to Quick Access.

    I downloaded your batch file to backup my Quick Access links.
    I modified it slightly to save the reg file to a different location (you had it saved to Desktop.)
    When I click on the created reg file to execute and reset my links, the reg file does execute with the usual warnings but the links are not reset in Explorer.

    Any ideas on what is going wrong?
    Also why on earth are my links reset to default so frequently anyway?

    Thanks,
    Peter
    Hello Peter,

    Just to verify, did you mean the pinned folders in Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer instead?

    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Pinned Folders in Windows 10
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 50
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #3

    Hi Brink,

    Yes, I did mean the pinned folders in Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer.
    Looks like I have mixed up two similarly sounding things.
    Will take a look at the other link you posted.

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction - backup problem solved (but I still don't know why my links keep being reset!!)
    Peter
    Last edited by PeterAstle; 03 Apr 2021 at 12:23.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 64,502
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    PeterAstle said:
    Hi Brink,

    Yes, I did mean the pinned folders in Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer.
    Looks like I have mixed up two similarly sounding things.
    Will take a look at the other link you posted.

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
    Peter
    You're always most welcome.
      My Computers


 

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