How to remove recent files from Quick Access in Windows 10

The updated File Explorer app in Windows 10 has a new default location called Quick Access. In the current 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. The second is to remove recent files from the Quick Access location in Explorer. Here's how you can do that.

  • Open File Explorer.
    open file explorer windows 10
  • Click File -> Change folder and search options:
    Windwos 10 change folder and search options
  • Under Privacy, untick Show recently used files in Quick Access:windows 10 remove recent files from quick access
    Click Apply and OK buttons.
  • That's it.
    windows 10 no recent files quick access
    Recent files will disappear from Quick Access.

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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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