Quick Access in Windows 10 is not working or slow to open

If you find that Quick Access is broken or not working in Windows 10, then this post may be able to help you fix the problem. Quick Access is a new feature in Windows 10 File Explorer navigation pane. This feature is useful, as it helps users quickly navigate to locations which are frequently used by you, as well those, which were recently used by you. If you have no use for it, you can however always disable Quick Access in the Navigation Pane of File Explorer. You can also reset Windows 10 Quick Access using the Registry to resolve all its issues.

Quick Access in Windows 10 not working

Quick Access in Windows 10 not working

If Quick Access in Windows 10 is not working or slow to open, then you can do the following:

  1. Clear the Recent App Data in two folders
  2. Reset Windows 10 Quick Access using Registry.

Let us see how to both these.

Clear Recent App Data in two folders

First, disable Quick Access and then re-enable it and see if it helps.

If not, then open File Explorer and paste the following folder paths in the address bar and hit Enter to open Windows 10 Quick Access file locations:

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

Once the folder is opened, press Ctrl+A to select all its contents. Now, right-click and select Delete, to delete all the files in the folder.

Do the same for both the above-mentioned folders.

Restart your Windows 10 computer and see if it has helped fix the problem.

This will also help you fix a broken Recent Items in Jump List problem.

If this does not help, you may need to

How to reset Windows 10 Quick Access using Registry

reset Windows 10 Quick Access using Registry

If add to Quick Access not working you may need to reset it using the Windows Registry:

Run regedit to open the Registry Editor.

Navigate to the following key:

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

On the left pane, right click on the item named as QatItems and delete it.

Exit and check!

Some Windows 10 users have been facing several issues after they upgraded their Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 to Windows 10. If you too are facing some issues, then this post will help you fix some of the common Windows 10 problems. Do take a look at it.

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