How to Disable Default “Quick Access” aka “Home View” in Windows 10 File Explorer?

If you are using Windows 10 or have seen the OS in any computer, you might be aware of the new Home aka Quick Access View introduced in Windows 10 File Explorer (previously known as Windows Explorer or My Computer).

This new Quick Access or Home view is the default page of File Explorer in Windows 10 and whenever you open File Explorer using its shortcut icon or WIN+E hotkey, this new view is shown in File Explorer. It shows frequently used folders and recently used files list in File Explorer as shown in following screenshot:

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Although Microsoft designed this new view for users convenience but most of the Windows 10 users don't like this default view. They find it annoying as they have to click on This PC link in left-side pane to access disk drives each time they open File Explorer. Also sometimes users don't want to show frequently accessed folders or recently opened files in File Explorer due to privacy issues.

In older preview builds of Windows 10, Microsoft didn't provide any way to disable/remove this new Quick Access or Home view in File Explorer and users had to use Registry tweaks to get rid of this view such as deleting items keys under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\HomeFolder\NameSpace\DelegateFolders key in Registry Editor using similar instructions given in following exclusive AskVG tutorial:

How to Remove Unwanted Items from My Computer in Windows?

But since the release of build 9926 of Windows 10, Microsoft has made users life easier by providing built-in options to customize Quick Access or Home view or completely disabling this new view in File Explorer.

If you are using Windows 10 and want to do any of following things:

  • Remove frequently used folders list from Quick Access/Home view in File Explorer
  • Remove recently used files list from Quick Access/Home view in File Explorer
  • Get rid of the new Quick Access/Home view in File Explorer

This tutorial will definitely help you. Just follow these simple steps to bring back the old This PC view in Windows 10 File Explorer:

1. Open File Explorer, click on View tab in Ribbon and then click on Options.

2. Now to remove frequent folders and recent files list from Quick Access/Home view, uncheck following 2 options present under Privacy section:

  • Show recently used files in Quick Access
  • Show frequently used folders in Quick Access

It'll immediately remove these 2 sections from Quick Access view in File Explorer.

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3. If you want to completely get rid of Quick Access/Home view from File Explorer, change the option "Open File Explorer to" from "Quick access" to "This PC" using drop-down list. It'll set the old This PC view as default in File Explorer and you'll always have disk drives page visible whenever you open File Explorer.

4. One more thing! If you also want to remove the unnecessary 6 folders "Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos" from This PC and extra icons such as OneDrive, Quick Access, etc from Navigation Pane in This PC, check out following tutorials:





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Comments

  • Hi,

    Testing for 3 hours this new build.

    Few questions maybe you have the answers:

    1. How to disable the "One Drive" from above "This PC" in Windows Explorer?

    2. How to make the network icon from taskbar notification area to open the network flyout, NOT the settings? (Microsoft wake-up!!!!)

    3. How to make the icon of "Windows Explorer" from the taskbar to open in a specific folder (from properties you can't set the target... wtf)?

    4. Have you seen that the Windows Explorer window don't remember the position where was before you close. Every time you open have a new position. Have an idea how to make it to remember the position? (Microsoft wake-up!!!)

    Thanks!

  • Another problem in Windows 10... APU AMD A6-5400 doesn't work correctly, it says "video card was stopped (Code 43)". What the....

  • Useful article indeed. Microsoft obviously made a mistake with this quick access thing.

  • Interesting new icons. Don't like them, but at least it's a start.

  • I truly believe this should be more obvious.

    Any way to hide the Removable/Local Drives in the left hand pane? I feel like it is redundant to have them listed under "This PC," as well as in their original location where "This PC" is expanded.

  • thank you for this info, what MS doesn't seem to realize is that I know what I have been using and looking at and do not open explorer to see it again. I open explorer to find something.

  • Thank you so much for this tip! I just upgraded to Win10 and have always found recent items list very annoying. Also the list just looks like total clutter. Like many others I don't like the new icons. I plug in my Note 4 and get an icon of a early 2000's era mp3 player... Come on Microsoft! its 2015!

  • Return file explorer to Windows 8.1 since I just got use to that one!

    What is Microsoft's deal with needing to change stuff for the sake of changing i.e Icons, menu? The real deal is that file explorer could use a complete redesign. Every time Microsoft updates windows they change the navigation pane and naming or the icons...now it's quick access.....a cluttered looking mess.

  • Cant believe I wasted all that time reading what could have easily been condensed into one short paragraph.

  • "If you want to remove quick access completely..."

    The suggested fix does not remove quick access from the navigation pane. It merely causes windows explorer to open to This PC instead of Quick Access.

    We want to know how to get rid of Quick Access from the navigation pane. And, personally, how to get rid of OneDrive from the Nav Pane.

    Also, when I have a flash drive inserted I see the disk entry under This PC, and then also as its own prime category in the Nav Pane. Usually the former right ontop of the latter, very stupid.

  • VG

    ^^ Here you go:

    http://www.askvg.com/windows-10-tip-remove-onedrive-quick-access-homegroup-and-network-icons-from-navigation-pane-of-this-pc/

  • Thanks

  • "1. Open File Explorer, click on View tab in Ribbon and then click on Options.

    2. Now to remove frequent folders and recent files list from Quick Access/Home view, uncheck following 2 options present under Privacy section:"

    There is no "Privacy section" on my computer.
    there is "Change folder and search options" and "Google toolbar"

    /LM.

  • Thanks for this article. Not clickbait, but useful tutorial that shows up on google search. You are helping everyone! Keep it up

  • Thank you for this informative guide. Quick access is very annoying especially if other people are using your computer. It gives you no room for privacy.

    Well, following your guide I was able to disable it in a few clicks. Thanks.

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