Windows’ Quick Access is a quick and easy way to gain dynamic access to the files and folders that are most important to you on your Windows machine. It’s such a small feature, but it’s one that Windows just wouldn’t be the same without.
WIndows isn’t perfect, though. As it’s learning the files and folders that you access the most, there may be a few that you don’t want to be displayed in a menu that’s so prominent in Windows Explorer. If so, there are ways around that.
In this article, let’s talk about a few of the ways you can customize your Windows 10 Quick Access menu so that you get the most out of it.
One customization option for Quick Access in Windows 10 is the ability to disable displaying recently used files and/or folders. Disabling both of these will render Quick Access useless unless you’ve specifically pinned files or folders to Quick Access, so keep that in mind.
To do so, navigate to File Explorer Options in your Control Panel.
The following window will pop up. Towards the bottom, you will see two checkboxes that allow you to toggle showing recent files and/or folders on and off. Bear in mind that this does not mimic the functionality of Windows 10’s Recent Items. Only items that have seen repeated use over time will display in Quick Access.
You also have the option of clearing your File Explorer history. This will effectively give you a clean slate in Quick Access so that more recent and relevant items can start to appear.
If you have a certain file or folder showing up in your Quick Access that you don’t want to appear, excluding it is a very simple process.
All you have to do is right-click on the file or folder and select Remove from Quick Access or Unpin from Quick Access.
If you ever want to allow any files or folders to appear again, use the Clear button from File Explorer Options (shown in the previous section).
If you’ve decided that Quick Access just isn’t for you and you want to get rid of it entirely, this is possible through some simple registry editing. However, before you ever make any changes, remember to back up your Windows registry.
First, press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run prompt. In the field, type in “regedit” and press Enter.
On this window, in the folder tree to the left, navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
Right-click on an empty portion of the pane to the right and select DWORD (32-bit) Value from the New menu.
Change the value’s name to “HubMode” and give it a value of 1.
Now, if you bring up Windows Explorer, you should see that the Quick Access menu is no longer present on the left side. If you still see it, you may need to restart Windows Explorer or your computer altogether.
If you want to reverse this at any time, all you have to do is delete the value you just created.
Quick Access is one of the most useful features in Windows 10’s file manager, and taking control of it can seriously improve your everyday PC productivity. With the tips above, we hope you’ve learned how to make Quick Access fit your needs!