Resources Windows 10 Disable or Remove Quick Access in Windows 10

2 Methods to Disable or Remove Quick Access in Windows 10

What is Quick Access in Windows 10?

Quick access is a feature that could help you access to frequently used folders and recently used files quickly when you open a File Explorer window in Windows 10 computer.

Quick Access is surely a good feature in Windows 10. But it doesn't mean that that it is good for everyone. For example, when you don't want to see frequently closed files or folders and you want to view customized folders or files as you open file explorer, it would be a trouble. So in this article, we will go through two methods to disable or remove quick access from Windows 10 file explorer.

  1. Method 1: Disable Quick Access Temporarily
  2. Method 2: Remove Quick Access Permanently


Method 1: Disable Quick Access Temporarily

Step 1: Open File Explorer to "This PC" instead of "Quick Access".

1. Open File Explorer, then go to View Options and Folder Options tab.

open folder options in Windows 10

2. In Folder Options window, you can see the default option for file explorer is selected as "Quick access". Now just click the list and select "This PC".

disable quick access in windows 10 file explorer

Step 2: Uncheck the "Show recently used files/folders in Quick Access".

In order to disable quick access feature, it is necessary to uncheck the "Show recently used files in Quick Access" and "Show frequently used folders in Quick Access" in Folder Options dialog. Then click Apply and OK to save changes.

Tips: Some of the folders might still be visible in the quick access menu in This PC. To clear out these, click on the "Clear" button displayed right next to the "Clear File Explorer history" in the Folder Options settings. This will remove all the existing links.


Method 2: Remove Quick Access Permanently

Before removing quick access in file explorer permanently, please make sure you have been logged into Windows through an account with administrative privileges.

Step 1: Open Registry Editor.

Open Run box with combination keys "Windows + R" and type "regedit" in it. Press Enter and Registry Editor is opened.

open registry editor in Windows 10

Step 2: Navigate to "ShellFolder" in the left pane and change its "Permissions".

1. Expand the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT CLSID {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6} in the left pane of registry editor window and right click ShellFolder to select "Permissions".

choose to change permissions of shellfolder

2. Click "Advanced" in pop-up dialog of "Permissions for ShellFolder".

change advanced settings for shellfoler permissions

3. In following Advanced Security Settings for ShellFolder dialog, click Change button.

choose to change advanced security settings for shellfolder

4. Click Advanced and Find now in next dialog. There will list many usernames. Administrator will be one of them, just select it and hit OK on all the windows.

click advanced to select user or group

find and select administrator

5. Click on ShellFolder again and you can see Attributes on the right side.

change shellfolder attributes to remove quick access feature permanently

6. Double-click on Attributes and change the value to a0600000.

Now the quick access feature will be removed from Windows 10. If you want to enable the feature, please change the value back to a0100000. Restart your Windows system when all the processes are complete to see the changes in effect.

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