Files In Windows 10 Quick Access Missing, How To Find Back

Summary: noticing that "files/folders in Windows 10 Quick Access missing" becomes a hot problem, I'd like to offer some useful solutions to help you. After reading them, you will find it's not so difficult to restore files missing from Quick Access.

Quick Access is a prominent feature in Windows 10. To be specific, the Quick Access Toolbar includes a set of commands (they are independent of the tab on the ribbon, which is displayed currently) and it can be customized.

Obviously, you are able to access a file/folder in a very short time with the help of Quick Access. As a matter of fact, the items (including files & folders) you have worked on or opened lately will be displayed in the Quick Access. These items will be divided into two groups: "Frequent folders" and "Recent files" and they will be kept here for a certain period of time (about a couple of days or so). But all of a sudden, the problem - files in Windows 10 Quick Access missing - happens to you.

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Be freaked out? Feel much depressed? Get into a panic? These are the natural responses to the Quick Access content missing issue. But don't worry when folders or files missing from Windows 10 Quick Access, I have easy but effective ways to help you out of the woods.

Sometimes, the items disappeared from Quick Access are just gone from the list; but in other cases, the files or folders are permanent deleted/lost from Window 10 computer. Either way, file recovery on Windows 10 can be done, and I will give my own suggestions on it: do a Windows 10 troubleshooting or using MiniTool Power Data Recovery to recover data in Windows 10.

As for how to recover data exactly when Quick Access not showing recent files problem occurs and how to restore file to Windows 10 Quick Access again, I will give detailed tutorials for you to refer to.

Part 1 – Files in Windows 10 Quick Access Are Missing Totally

The truth is the content of permanently deleted/lost files still exists until it is covered by new data. In order to help you seize the best time to recover files & folders in Windows 10, I suggest that you should stop writing new data to the computer and then (this is an important thing to remember when you find files were missing from PC), make use of MiniTool Power Data Recovery straight away.

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How Do You Finish Windows 10 Data Recovery

Usually, the size of a few common files won't be too large, so I think the free edition (which provides 1GB free recovery) is enough for you. With this in mind, I advise you to download it quickly by clicking on the button given below. Then, install it to solve the Windows 10 Quick Access folders missing problem.

Step 1: launch the free data recovery software at the end of the installation. Then, you'll see the main interface correspondingly. At this time, "Undelete Recovery" should be chosen if you need to recover permanently deleted files/folders that are missing from Windows 10 Quick Access.

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Step 2: you can easily see the prompt message – "Select the drive you like to recover" – in the picture shown below after clicking on the functional module in step 1. Please do as it suggests (select the drive that contains your deleted files missing from Quick Access) and then, click on the "Scan" button to start the quick scan.

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Attention:
  • If the drive including your deleted files/folders are damaged currently or you can't find it in the list shown in above picture, you have to click on "Back" button (on the left side of the "Scan" button) and then choose "Damaged Partition Recovery" or "Lost Partition Recovery" from the main interface.
  • The "Load saved scan result manually" function is not available in the free edition. Besides, if you want to use it in an advanced license, you need to Export Scan Result manually when saving found files to the appointed place.

Step 3: the scan will be finished very soon and the scan result will show up one by one in the following software interface. Now, what are you expected to do? Of course, you should look through the found items carefully so as to check the ones you really need to recover. And at last, press "Save" button to choose a safe storage path in the pop-up window and click on "OK" to confirm.

If you need to recover more than 1GB of data, please don't hesitate to upgrade the software from free after getting a license with discount here

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Attention:
If you are still not clear about which ones to recover and which ones are not needed, you can recover them all and then go to browse the recovered items after the Win 10 files recovery was completed.

When all selected files have been saved to the appointed place, you'll see a window appearing in the software automatically. This indicates that you can put an end to the recovery process and close the software.

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Reading here, you must be very familiar with the deleted files recovery in Windows 10, right? Yet, if you still have doubts, please feel free to leave a short message describing your problem at the end of this article.

By the way, MiniTool Power Data Recovery could also offer help when you plan to recover lost files in a Windows Server system.

Part 2 – Quick Access Pins Are Missing from The List

As we mentioned earlier, there are quite a few cases in which the items are not really missing from the computer when Quick Access is partially gone; conversely, they are just disappearing from the Quick Access list. Under such circumstances, you don't need to recover them; you only need to retrieve folders, files with Windows 10 Quick Access.

Now, let's see how to troubleshoot the problem.

Quick Access in Windows 10 Is Not Working

Acquiring recently used/opened files/folders through Quick Access - the new function in Windows 10 File Explorer navigation pane - is convenient. Do you enjoy it? I guess those people, who are fond of this feature, will be pissed off when discovering Windows 10 Quick Access is broken or not working. Taking that into account, I feel obliged to help you out of your misery.
  • Please do the following to show recently used files in Quick Access when it's not working.
  • 1. Disable Quick Access
    a). Open the "File Explorer" in Windows 10.
    b). Select the "View" tab in ribbon interface.
    c). Move the cursor to "Options" and then click on it.
    d). Choose "Change folder and search options" from the pull-down menu.

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    e). Make sure the "Quick access" is selected for "Open File Explorer to", instead of "This PC".
    f). Find "Show recently used files in Quick access" and "Show frequently used folders in Quick access" option under "Privacy", and then uncheck them.
    g). Click on the "OK" button to confirm the changes you've made to "Folder Options".

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    Note: please read this page if you want to customize File Explorer in Win 10 on your own.

    2. Enable Quick Access in Win 10 Again
    You can follow the steps mentioned in disable Quick Access to enable this feature again.

    Open "File Explorer" -> select "View" -> move to "Options" -> click on "Change folder and search options" -> check both "Show recently used files in Quick access" and "Show frequently used folders in Quick access" -> click on "OK" button.

    After that, please go to see whether the Quick Access works normally or not now. If it works, congratulations! If it doesn't work (still broken), please do the following to try to fix:

    a). Open the "File Explorer" in Windows 10.
    b). Paste the folder paths given below to the address bar respectively.

    "%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations"
    "%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\CustomDestinations"

    c). Press "Enter" and select all the items displayed afterward.
    d). Right-click on them and choose "Delete" to clear the items quickly.

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    Now, please restart the computer to see whether this works in solving the problem or not.

    Besides, you can also turn to the registry editor or the command prompt to reset Quick Access toolbar in Windows 10.

  • Reset Quick Access to Default through Registry
  • a). Type "regedit" into the search box on the taskbar.
    b). Right-click on the program from the result and choose "Run as administrator".
    c). Choose "Yes" in the pop-up window to open Registry Editor.

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    There are other ways to open the Registry Editor in Windows.

    d). Expand these folders in order and select "Ribbon".

    "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer"

    e). Right-click on "QatItems" from the right pane and select "Delete".
    f). Click on "Yes" in the pop-up "Confirm Value Delete" window to allow changes.

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    The truth is that the QatItems file will be regenerated by Windows immediately when you open the File Explorer the next time.

    Note: please make sure that you have closed all File Explorer windows before doing the above things.

  • Reset Quick Access Toolbar in Command Prompt
  • a). Find Command Prompt in the way you like and run it as administrator.
    b). Copy the command given below and then paste it into the Command Prompt window.

    "del /F /Q %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\*"

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    c). Press "Enter" button on the keyboard. Then, the command will be executed right away.
    d). Close the Command Prompt and then open File Explorer to check.

    These methods mentioned in above content will take effect in helping you clean the custom pinned folders and frequently used files, which are listing in Quick access.

  • Reset/Restore Quick Access Folders
  • a). Open File Explorer to see Quick Access icon.
    b). Shift to "View" tab in the ribbon interface.
    c). Move cursor to "Options" and click on it.
    d). Choose "Change folder and search options".
    e). Leave "General" and go to "View".
    f). Find "Reset Folders" button under "Folder views" and click on it.
    g). Finally, click on the "Yes" button in the pop-up window and then click on "OK" button in the Folder Options interface to confirm.

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Pin Folders to Quick Access in Windows 10

a). Open Windows File Explorer.
b). Navigate to the certain folder that you want to add to the Quick Access.
c). Right-click on the folder and choose "Pin to Quick access" from the context menu.

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After that, you'll see this folder appearing in the Quick access list. And you can drag the items in Quick Access directly to reorder them.

How to unpin folders from Quick Access:

Open File Explorer in Windows 10 -> move to "Frequent folders" area -> right-click on the folder that you want to unpin -> choose "Unpin from Quick access".

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How to remove files from Quick Access:

Open File Explorer in Windows 10 -> move to "Recent files" area -> right-click on the folder that you want to remove -> choose "Remove from Quick access".

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Part 3 – Bottom Line

To be frank with you, the files in Windows 10 Quick Access missing problem often come up without giving a sign at first. So, you don't have chance and time to be well prepared for it. But, the good news is that you can actually complete file recovery on Windows 10 by yourself when the files missing from Quick Access list are really lost/deleted from Windows 10 computer.

In addition to that, as for the frequently mentioned problems: Windows 10 Quick Access broken, Windows 10 Quick Access keeps disappearing, Quick Access in Windows 10 not working, Windows 10 Quick Access folders missing, etc. I also provide corresponding solutions. Please follow the steps carefully to try to solve your current problem.

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