How to Remove Quick Access & File History from Windows 10 File Explorer

Windows 10 comes with a nifty feature–Quick Access–which helps you in reaching your recently, and most used files and folders quickly. While this is useful, its also a privacy issue if everybody at your home shares the same PC, as they get to see all the recent activity. In this guide, we will share how to remove Quick Access & File History

Quick Access File History Windows 10

Good news is that this feature can be removed, and disabled. Also, if you want to open My Computer or This PC instead of quick access when you open File Explorer from task-bar, you can set that too. Let’s take a look at this video quickly followed by details in the post:

How to Remove Quick Access & File History from File Explorer

1) Remove Quick Access and Switch to This PC:

  • Open the File Explorer from Taskbar.
  • On the top menu bar, go to Views Tab, and select options.
  • In the General Tab, Look at the first option.
  • You can choose to open file explorer in This PC or Quick Access.

Remove Quick Access Windows 10

2) Disable File History from Quick Access

  • Open the File Explorer from the Taskbar.
  • On the top menu bar, go to Views Tab and select options.
  • In the General Tab, Look for Privacy Section.
  • Here you need to uncheck two boxes. One which says “Show recently used files in quick access” and second which says “show frequently used folders in quick access.”
  • Just before you save and close, use the clear button to remove existing file history.

Here is one thing you should know. These options are not just hiding that recently accessed file history. They completely stop tracking. Try opening a few files after disabling them and re-enable. You will not see those files listed at all.

While the recent file list is useful when you manage a lot of files, but then anybody gets to know which files on which you were working. I hope this resolves the problem.

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  1. I am very interested to see where this is going as this procedure is supposed to unhide my servers and drivers. I only wish I would have caught it earlier because I am left only with a browser. Windows 10 is completely dismantled and my hard drive is inaccessible.

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