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How to remove recent files and frequent folders from Home in Windows 10

The updated File Explorer app in Windows 10 has a new default location called 'Home'. In the current preview build, it includes two sections: Frequent folders and Recent files. Users who care about their privacy might not be happy with this feature of the File Explorer app. There are two solutions for these users: the first one is to open This PC instead of Home in Windows 10 as we covered previously. Or the second solution is to remove recent files or frequent folders (or both) from the Home location in Explorer. Here's how you can do that.

To remove Recent files and Frequent folders groups from the Home folder, you need to apply a simple Registry tweak as described below.

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HomeFolder\NameSpace\DelegateFolders

    Tip: You can access any desired Registry key with one click.

  3. In the DelegateFolders subkey, you'll see the following entries:

    {3936E9E4-D92C-4EEE-A85A-BC16D5EA0819}
    {4564b25e-30cd-4787-82ba-39e73a750b14}

    To remove Frequent Folders from the Home folder, delete this key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HomeFolder\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{3936E9E4-D92C-4EEE-A85A-BC16D5EA0819}

    delete frequent folders from Home in Windows 10
    To remove Recent Files from the Home folder, delete this key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HomeFolder\NameSpace\DelegateFolders\{4564b25e-30cd-4787-82ba-39e73a750b14}

That's it. To restore these folders inside the Home folder, all you need to do is simply recreate {3936E9E4-D92C-4EEE-A85A-BC16D5EA0819} and {4564b25e-30cd-4787-82ba-39e73a750b14} subkeys.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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