The updated File Explorer app in Windows 10 has a new default location called Quick Access. It includes two sections: Frequent folders and Recent files. If you are not using it and prefer to not see Quick Access in the navigation pane, here is how you can hide and remove Quick Access from File Explorer in Windows 10.
To hide and remove Quick Access from File Explorer in Windows 10, you need to apply a simple Registry tweak mentioned below.
- Configure File Explorer as described in this article: Open This PC instead of Quick Access in Windows 10 File Explorer.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.
You need to take ownership of this key as described HERE or using the RegOwnershipEx app (recommended).
- Set the value data of the DWORD value Attributes to a0600000.
- If you are running a 64-bit operating system, repeat the steps above for the following Registry key:
- Restart Windows 10.
- Open the File Explorer app. The Quick Access folder will disappear:
That's it. To restore the Quick Access icon, set the Attributes parameter to a0100000.