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How to Clear Windows 10 Quick Access History in File Explorer

Windows 10 introduces a new feature in File Explorer called “Quick Access”. It replaces the Favorites feature that was in previous versions of Windows. The new feature allows you easy access files and folder you frequently use, no matter their location, i.e., a network location or OneDrive.

Quick Access Windows 10

Windows 10’s new Quick Access feature in File Explorer

Quick Access can make your workflow faster and improve productivity. It makes it so you don’t have to navigate to a file or folder that’s buried deep in a directory in the file system. However, you might want to delete the Quick Access history periodically if you want to help maintain some privacy or make a fresh start.

Clear Windows 10 Quick Access History

Click Start and type: file explorer options and hit Enter or click the option at the top of the search results.

Start Windows 10

Now in the Privacy section make sure both boxes are checked for recently used files and folder in Quick Access and click the Clear button.

Clear Quick Access History

That’s it. This comes in handy if you’re working on different projects and need to start off with a clean slate of new files and folders. It also helps your privacy by not showing the items you’re accessing a lot. When people are passing by or looking over your shoulder, you might not want certain things showing up.

If you’re not a fan of Quick Access, you can make Windows 10 open File Explorer to This PC instead.

For more about using File Explorer, check out our article on tips for managing files and folders in Windows 10.

What’s your opinion on the Quick Access view in Windows 10? Are you a fan or prefer the classic This PC view? Let us know in the comment section below.

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2 Responses to How to Clear Windows 10 Quick Access History in File Explorer

  1. prabakaran March 11, 2016 at 7:03 am #

    For the kind of work I do with the PC, THIS PC is sufficient. In addition the additional facility takes up Disk space, without producing tangible benefits.

  2. arrow March 11, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

    A welcome post. I can see some value in Quick Access but after years of dealing with Windows versions I far prefer This PC, a value I am accustomed too,

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