Where are the Windows 10 Quick Access settings stored?

I have a large number of Win 10 computers and I want to deploy a "Pinned Folder" into user's Quick Access section of Windows Explorer using group policy.


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The Quick Access items are stored in this file:

  • And the Microsoft Team blog covers how to deploy the setting. blogs.technet.com/b/supportingwindows/archive/2015/12/21/…
    – w32sh
    Mar 11, 2016 at 7:05
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    Perfect answer, good research. Only problem is they dump all the links into one file, so I can't manipulate it via group policy except for putting in a default one for new users.
    – Dom
    Mar 16, 2016 at 1:07
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    Thanks Dom. And it's prone to corruption from what I see in various forums. When a pinned item gets stuck, the file needs to be cleared and that resets the entire listing. winhelponline.com/blog/…
    – w32sh
    Mar 16, 2016 at 4:26
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    For others having trouble finding it, it's in the roaming folder, the Recent Items folder is the same as Recent, the AutomaticDestinations folder won't show up in Explorer even if hidden files/folders are displayed, and the file itself is not simple text so manually editing it isn't easy.
    – Chris
    Sep 25, 2019 at 13:46
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    @w32sh Microsoft Team blog link is dead: "404 - Page not found"
    – evandrix
    Jul 4, 2020 at 3:40

You can do this with group policy - here is how I do it: Create shortcuts to the shares in %USERPROFILE%\Links: GP preferences - shortcuts

Set the shortcut details: GPPref details

Then again use GP Prefs files to delete the jumplist file %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations\f01b4d95cf55d32a.automaticDestinations-ms: enter image description here

The jumplist file will recreate a moment later with the contents of the links folder

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