Disable Quick Access from Windows 10 File Explorer

Disable Quick Access on Windows 10

For Windows 10 users, you may have noticed that on the left pane of Windows 10 file explorer, there is a quick access menu available by default. Wherein you can see the most frequently accessed files and folders. But most users really don’t like the quick access expansion menu and want to disable quick access or hide it.

Many of us may not be aware of how to turn off quick access. However, this tutorial is specifically written for users who are not aware of how to turn off quick access from Windows 10 file explorer.

For your information, Windows 10 is introduced and developed by Microsoft. It comes with many features that will make user tasks easier and provide you with a better experience while using Windows 10.

[Read: Hide Navigation Pane from Windows 10 File Explorer]

Remove Quick Access from Windows File Explorer

Follow the steps given to d quick access to Windows 10 file explorer.

First, open Windows file explorer by using the keyboard shortcut Win + E or click on This PC icon on your Desktop screen.

Step 1. Right click on Quick Access and select Options.

Step 2. A new “Folder Option or File Explorer Options” window will appear on your screen. Under the General tab, select the drop down to Open File Explorer and select This PC.

disable quick access windows 10In this way, once you save settings by clicking on Apply & OK, next time your Windows Explorer will open with This PC as shown in below image:

Follow the steps given below if you want to clear the Quick Access History or want to disable recently used files in Quick Access.

1. To clear Quick Access History: click on the Clear button and then click on the Apply button. This will clear the history of all open programs under Quick Access History

2. To Disable recently used files in Quick Access: uncheck the button “show recently used files in Quick Access” and then click on Apply & OK button. It will not create any new history under Quick Access.

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This way, you will prevent Windows 10 from displaying recently & frequently used files and folders in Quick Access. Doing this will also maintain your privacy as well.

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