One of the newest features that Windows 10 brought is „Quick access view“. Microsoft changed the name of, originally, Windows Explorer to File Explorer in Windows 8. You can see the list of recently used files and folders, all history of using File explorer is there. It is very helpful because the File Explorer automatically shows the list of files and folders which are used the most and provide quick access to them. But if you don’t like this feature, you can go change the File Explorer to old view with a few settings. In this article we will show you how to disable quick access in file explorer on windows 10.
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How to Disable Quick Access in File Explorer on Windows 10
Change the way to open File Explorer, from „Quick access“ to „This PC“
First what you see when you open File Explorer is „Quick access“ with all the recently used files and folders. Many of us love to use the old, My Computer view, with all available devices and drives. Also, in My computer view are visible: Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos.
If you want to open the File Explorer as “This PC” view, click on the “File” tab at the top-left corner of the screen and then “Change folders and search options”. In “General” tab select “Open File Explorer to” and replace “Quick access” with “This Pc”.
Back your favorite folders to the sidebar
Old Favorites list that has been at the top of your File Explorer window on the left side. Well, “Quick access” is nothing new but the same old Favorite list just with a new design. To this list, you can add any folders and it will be always visible. Also, Windows adds there often used folders in order to assist the user who doesn’t know how to customize their most-used folders. If you want to make “Quick access” like the old favorites list, you must stop showing folders that you used recently.
Go to “File” tab, click on “Change folder and search options.” and under “General” tab, in Privacy box, uncheck “Show recently used files in Quick access” and “Show frequently used folders in Quick access”. Click on Apply after that. Then it will be easy to add your own folders and also will be easy to remove them selecting “Unpin from quick access”.
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