Windows 10: Pinned Files on Taskbar Don't Work, Can't Unpin, Can't Pin New

Discus and support Pinned Files on Taskbar Don't Work, Can't Unpin, Can't Pin New in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hi! Did the Win 10 update last night. Now I can't run my pinned Excel files ("The item you selected is unavailable. It might have been moved,... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by GHDave, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. GHDave Win User

    Pinned Files on Taskbar Don't Work, Can't Unpin, Can't Pin New


    Hi!

    Did the Win 10 update last night. Now I can't run my pinned Excel files ("The item you selected is unavailable. It might have been moved, renamed, or removed. Do you want to remove it from the list?") But when I say Yes, it's not removed. If I click the icon for "Unpin from this list" it is also not removed. If I right click the item on the Pinned list and click "Unpin from this list" it is not removed. If I drag the file from its folder down to the icon ("Pin to Microsoft Excel") nothing changes.

    The update apparently changed the locations of all the pinned files from my nonstandard location (D:\Dropbox\Current where D is my Data drive) to elsewhere (C:\Users\Dave\Documents\Dropbox\Current, which location does not exist). I can't figure out how to change this. The pinned list seems to be somehow locked so I can't change it, and this is the essence of the problem. Any ideas, anyone? Anti-kudos to Microsoft for forking this up.

    :)
     
    GHDave, Nov 16, 2015
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  2. Pinned shortcuts won't work in Windows 10

    This is still unresolved. I can't unpin any documents and new recent files don't appear in the list. I have managed to pin a new file to the recent excel list by dragging and dropping the file onto the excel icon in the task bar, but can't then permanently
    pin it by clicking on the pin icon.

    This is most frustrating.
     
    Malcolm Green FD, Nov 16, 2015
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  3. Pin Folder to Taskbar

    I'm not having any luck in pinning a folder to the taskbar. I have one folder pinned there but can't seem to duplicate it.

    I select the folder in file explorer, right click and select "pin to start". Then, I should be able to go to start, right click the folder and select "pin to taskbar" but that isn't an option. I get unpin, resize and open as three choices.

    I tried dragging the folder but that didn't work. The taskbar is unlocked if that matters. Was this removed as an option?
     
    MichaelGerbasio, Nov 16, 2015
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  4. Brink
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    Pinned Files on Taskbar Don't Work, Can't Unpin, Can't Pin New

    Brink, Nov 16, 2015
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  5. GHDave Win User
    OK, I did that, Indeed all apps were cleared. I then re-pinned Excel. When I right click, the same list of pinned files is there, as described in the original post, and those items cannot be changed, deleted or overwritten. Can you point me toward something that will clear the pinned FILES list? Thanks!
     
    GHDave, Nov 16, 2015
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    Brink, Nov 16, 2015
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  7. GHDave Win User
    Here is a screenshot:


    Pinned Files on Taskbar Don't Work, Can't Unpin, Can't Pin New [​IMG]


    As I said in the first post, all those files listed under "Pinned" point to a bogus location. I can't delete them, modify them, or overwrite them. It would appear that something is locked.

    I've tried unpinning Excel from both Start and Taskbar and rebooting, then re-adding. This list of files won't go away, and items can't be deleted or modified. Repeat from first post, this began today after I did the Windows Update.

    ADDENDUM: I even tried something else, in desperation: I created folders/subfolders at the bogus location these pinned items pointed to, so the location was no longer bogus, then copied a few of the files referred to there. Rebooted. The files won't open (from the jump list), nor, still, can the pinned items be deleted.
     
    GHDave, Nov 16, 2015
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  8. Brink
    Brink New Member

    Pinned Files on Taskbar Don't Work, Can't Unpin, Can't Pin New

    If this is only happening with Excel, then you might see if completely uninstalling and reinstalling Excel may be able to clear it.
     
    Brink, Nov 16, 2015
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  9. GHDave Win User
    Well, somehow last November I solved this problem. But I can't remember how I did it! *Redface Now, with the Anniversary Edition Win10 update, I have the same *&%~#} problem! I've done all the things mentioned above, up to and including uninstalling Excel (with Revo in Advanced mode) and reinstalling it, and the cursed files are still pinned where they were, and nothing will remove them. Windows updates insist on resetting where my data is, changing the pointer to C:/Users . . . I have an SSD for operating system and another (spinning) drive for files, so I need to point the data to the data drive. Suggestions, anyone? Help?
     
    GHDave, Aug 3, 2016
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  10. Brink
    Brink New Member
    Hello Dave, *Smile

    I'm sorry to hear that the issue is back. Try the .bat file in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below again to see if it may help now. It normally will reset and clear all jump lists including pinned items in them.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...set-clear.html
     
    Brink, Aug 3, 2016
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  11. GHDave Win User
    That didn't work. What did work was found in this thread:
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6...a.html#option2

    The file is called Clear_File_Explorer_History.bat.

    I'll make a note of this so that when the next update breaks this I'll know what to do. But it would be much better if updates wouldn't break this in the first place!
     
    GHDave, Apr 4, 2018
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