How to Disable List of Recent Files and Folders in Quick Access of File Explorer in Windows 10

Windows 10 shows shortcuts of recent files that you accessed on your computer as Quick Access items in File Explorer. Though it is a handy feature for many, some may consider it as privacy issue and may not want to display the files especially when a same PC and login is shared between multiple people.

File Explorer - Recent Files List

File Explorer – Recent Files List

But no worries, the list can be cleared easily and you can set it up to no longer collect the history of accessed files. In File Explorer click on View tab and then click Options.

View Options

View Options

In the Folder Options dialog box, click on Clear button to delete already existing list and then uncheck the boxes Show recently used files in Quick access. If you don’t want to show Folders as well, then  you may want to uncheck Show frequently used folders in Quick access. Click OK.


Folder Options

Folder Options

All remembered items should be gone along with the Folders too. You will only see system folders : Desktop, Documents, Downloads, and Pictures. Any folders which you have created and accessed will not be shown.

File Explorer

File Explorer

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.