Backup and Restore Action Center Quick Actions in Windows 10  

    Backup and Restore Action Center Quick Actions in Windows 10

    Backup and Restore Action Center Quick Actions in Windows 10

    How to Backup and Restore Action Center Quick Actions in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Backup & Restore
    27 Nov 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Backup and Restore Action Center Quick Actions in Windows 10


    The Action Center in Windows 10 has personalized quick actions at the bottom, which get you to your most-used settings and apps instantly. For example, to be able to easily toggle on/off or open items such as Airplane mode, All settings, Connect, Display, Location, Note, Quiet hours, Tablet Mode, VPN, and Wi-Fi.

    Users can add and remove quick actions to show at the bottom of their Action Center.

    This tutorial will show you how backup and restore quick actions settings in the Action Center for your account in Windows 10.


    Contents

    • Option One: To Backup your Chosen Quick Actions in Action Center
    • Option Two: To Restore your Chosen Quick Actions in Action Center



    EXAMPLE: Action Center Quick Actions
    Backup and Restore Action Center Quick Actions in Windows 10-action_center_quick_actions.jpg





    OPTION ONE

    To Backup your Chosen Quick Actions in Action Center


    The downloadable .bat file below will export the registry key below to a .reg file on your desktop as a backup of your quick actions.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Quick Actions


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

    Backup_Action_Center_Quick_Actions.bat

    Download

    (BAT file contents for reference)
    Code:
    REG EXPORT "HKCU\Control Panel\Quick Actions" "%userprofile%\Desktop\Action_Center_quick_actions-backup.reg" /y

    2 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    3 Unblock and run the .bat file.

    4 A Action_Center_quick_actions-backup.reg file will now be created on your desktop. This .reg file is your quick actions backup.

    5 You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Restore your Chosen Quick Actions in Action Center


    The downloadable .bat file below will delete the registry key below to clear Quick Actions, and then merge the backup Action_Center_quick_actions-backup.reg file on your desktop to restore the backup of your quick actions.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Quick Actions


    1 Move or copy the Action_Center_quick_actions-backup.reg file created from Option One to your desktop.

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

    Restore_Action_Center_Quick_Actions.bat

    Download

    (BAT file contents for reference)
    Code:
    REG DELETE "HKCU\Control Panel\Quick Actions" /F
    
    REG IMPORT "%userprofile%\Desktop\Action_Center_quick_actions-backup.reg"
    
    taskkill /f /im explorer.exe
    
    start explorer.exe

    3 Save the .bat file to your desktop.

    4 Unblock and run the .bat file.

    5 You will now notice a command prompt quickly open and close, and your desktop quickly flash as the explorer process is restarted to apply.

    6 You can now delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Jom
    Posts : 2
    Win10
       #1

    "I wonder if there is a way to turn on/off certain Quick Actions icons in the Action Center via the registry, instead of doing it manually as described above."

    It's located in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Quick Actions\Pinned. Delete and renumber those via GPO.
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  2. SM03's Avatar
    Posts : 148
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Hello @Brink

    I want to use this and want to know how to make this happen via any reg tweak or via LGPE

    By default, since the very first boot of a clean installation of Windows, the Action Center AKA Quick Action is collapsed
    Attachment 248659

    And I want to make this expanded by default since the very first boot of the clean installation of the windows like this
    Attachment 248660

    I am on latest Windws 10 version 19H2 (v1909) build 18363.385.

    Pls tell me what are the appropriate Reg tweak that I need to do and merge that with Win ISO to make this happen.

    From this OP< I downloaded the Backup_Action_Center_Quick_Actions.bat & ran that under my system and that creates the 'Action_Center_quick_actions-backup.reg' but as you can see there is nothing, neither in that 'Action_Center_quick_actions-backup.reg' file, nor in the 'Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Quick Actions\Pinned' reg subset itself.
    Backup and Restore Action Center Quick Actions in Windows 10-1.png

    What should I do now?
    P.S: I am on latest Windws 10 version 19H2 (v1909) build 18363.385.
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  3. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,444
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #3

    @SM03,

    It appears this will no longer work.

    Hopefully something will come along in the future.
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  4. SM03's Avatar
    Posts : 148
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4

    Brink said:
    @SM03,

    It appears this will no longer work.

    Hopefully something will come along in the future.
    that's why I told you about this after trying, anyway, I'll wait for your solution, let me know if you find any.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,444
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Tutorial updated to work again.
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  6. SM03's Avatar
    Posts : 148
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    Brink said:
    Tutorial updated to work again.
    not working on 20H2.662
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,444
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #7

    SM03 said:
    not working on 20H2.662
    Just to verify, did you use the .bat files in the tutorial, or did you do it manually?
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  8. SM03's Avatar
    Posts : 148
    Windows 10 Pro
       #8

    Brink said:
    Just to verify, did you use the .bat files in the tutorial, or did you do it manually?
    I did as per the instructions, run the 'Backup_Action_Center_Quick_Actions.bat' file first, that creates the 'Action_Center_quick_actions-backup.reg' file in desktop, then I run the 'Restore_Action_Center_Quick_Actions.bat; file, then a command prompt quickly open and close, and your desktop quickly flash as the explorer process is restarted happened as you exactly wrote, but that doesn't restore the Action Center Quick Actions, & unfortunately, now that's even broken & I can't access or configure it anymore. Every time I click on that, it's automatically existing.

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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 60,444
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #9

    SM03 said:
    I did as per the instructions, run the 'Backup_Action_Center_Quick_Actions.bat' file first, that creates the 'Action_Center_quick_actions-backup.reg' file in desktop, then I run the 'Restore_Action_Center_Quick_Actions.bat; file, then a command prompt quickly open and close, and your desktop quickly flash as the explorer process is restarted happened as you exactly wrote, but that doesn't restore the Action Center Quick Actions, & unfortunately, now that's even broken & I can't access or configure it anymore. Every time I click on that, it's automatically existing.

    I must admit I'm not sure why it's not working for you since it does for me. In addition, it shouldn't break the Action Center since you are only merging the same registry entries you just exported.

    If you have a restore point available, you can use it to undo this. If not, then a repair install should fix it.
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