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I had a bunch of zip files I wanted to use batch unzip using 7z but I accidentally clicked pin to start instead. Now when I see the start, there's multiple pages of zip files (which no longer exists). Clicking and unpinning one at a time would take a while. Is there a way to mass unpin or something?
    
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I had a bunch of zip files I wanted to use batch unzip using 7z but I accidentally clicked pin to start instead. Now when I see the start, there's multiple pages of zip files (which no longer exists). Clicking and unpinning one at a time would take a while. Is there a way to mass unpin or something?

 

Open C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar and delete them. After that, reboot.

 

If that folder doesn't contain them, then Shift+Right-Click one of the pinned items, choose Properties, switch to the General tab, and then select the entire location (as you click and drag to select the location toward the far right, you'll see it side-scroll for you, which will look impossible to start with). Then, paste this location in to the location bar in any File Explorer window and press Enter.

 

Edit: Those damn ninjas. :)

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I had a bunch of zip files I wanted to use batch unzip using 7z but I accidentally clicked pin to start instead. Now when I see the start, there's multiple pages of zip files (which no longer exists). Clicking and unpinning one at a time would take a while. Is there a way to mass unpin or something?

    In Windows 8, the Start Screen's contents are stored in these two files:

C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms
C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\appsFolder.itemdata-ms.bak

    Unfortunately, as far as I know, these files are not easily edited.  It may take less time to reset the Start Screen to default by deleting those two files.  You may have to restart Explorer or have it not running for the changes to take effect.
 
Edited by Techie007 - 5/14/14 at 9:25pm
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Not showing in the explorer and I do have show hidden folder enabled. Shift-right clicking isn't showing the properties, it is showing only these options: Unpin from Start, Open File Location, and Resize. Open file location did tell me where the shortcut were. It was C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
    
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Not showing in the explorer and I do have show hidden folder enabled. Shift-right clicking isn't showing the properties, it is showing only these options: Unpin from Start, Open File Location, and Resize. Open file location did tell me where the shortcut were. It was C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

 

Yeah, I had myself all confused: I thinking that you were talking about the Taskbar. I don't know why, either.

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