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I've pinned an FTP location to the Quick Access menu in Windows 10 Explorer, but now cannot unpin it.

To replicate:

  1. Browse to an FTP location in Windows Explorer
  2. Right-click "Quick Access"
  3. Select "Pin current folder to Quick access"
  4. Right-click the newly pinned folder

You should see that there is no option to unpin the folder. The context menu only offers the (greyed out) option to "Expand".

Notably, this pin only appears in Explorer and not in the jump lists (for example by right-clicking Explorer from the task bar).

How do I remove this pin?

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I didn't find a user friendly way either.

Anyway, the pinned folders are stored in:
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

I.e. typically in
C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

Just delete the files from there.

  • I've already had a look in the AppData folder, and the path you've said doesn't exist on my PC. I have a Recent Items folder, but this is empty. Is there anywhere else the Pinned folders might live? – Alec Aug 7 '15 at 10:16
  • What part of the path is missing? – Martin Prikryl Aug 7 '15 at 11:17
  • I can browse as far as %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows but there's no Recent folder beneath that. – Alec Aug 7 '15 at 13:39
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    Weird. The folders seem to have appeared now? I think they can't be browsed to - possibly need to be typed directly into the URL bar in Explorer. Clearing the folder did indeed work. – Alec Aug 7 '15 at 13:57
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I can't comment because of reputation but I'd like to point out that Martin answer is also helpful if you move your Download folder to other location. I moved mine from C:\User\Name\Download to D:\Download but Quick Link stuck at the first one and couldn't be unpinned.

The solution was to:

  1. Press Win+R
  2. Paste %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations and press Enter
  3. At this point you can delete everything in there (there should be only a bunch of files with .automaticDestinations-ms extension) or - if you want to delete only one - open them in Notepad; the file is mostly-giberish but it also shows path.
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I found an easier way to do it: we get the greyed "Expand" context menu only for FTP links. If, in the Quick Access folder, we multi-select (holding the Ctrl button) the FTP link(s) plus another normal one, then the normal context menu is displayed and we can unpin them all at once.

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There is a way to Unpin the stuck FTP item without completely clearing the Quick access listing. Click Quick Access, and in the right pane select multiple items (the stuck FTP link and another working one), right-click and click Unpin from Quick access.

Source: Fix Cannot Unpin FTP Links From Quick Access In Windows 10? http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/unpin-ftp-links-stuck-quick-access-windows-10/

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Copy the following string into the Explorer address bar:

%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations

Delete all the files in that folder.

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