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So you just upgraded to Windows 10 before it was too late If You Don't Upgrade to Windows 10, This Will Happen If You Don't Upgrade to Windows 10, This Will Happen After July 29, Windows 10 will no longer be a free upgrade. Here's what that means for users of each version of Windows. Read More and you’re getting the swing of things. Everything is both familiar and new at the same time, including the new Quick Access feature in File Explorer Navigate Your Favorite Files Faster in Windows 10 with Quick Access Navigate Your Favorite Files Faster in Windows 10 with Quick Access File Explorer in Windows 10 introduces a subtle change: The Favorites bar is now Quick Access, which relies on data to show your most used folders first. And you can still pin or hide folders. Read More .

Quick Access is actually quite nifty, but maybe there’s one thing about it that bothers you: the fact that it keeps adding shortcuts to folders without your permission. The good news is that there’s a way around it.

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The steps you need to take are simple:

  • Open File Explorer.
  • Navigate to File > Change folder and search options.
  • Under the General tab, look for the Privacy section.
  • Uncheck Show recently used files in Quick access.
  • Uncheck Show frequently used folders in Quick access.
  • Click OK.

You’re done! And that’s just the surface. Keep going with our tips for getting the most out of File Explorer How to Get the Most Out of the Windows 10 File Explorer How to Get the Most Out of the Windows 10 File Explorer Windows File Explorer is one of the most underrated features of Windows 10. Here we demonstrate how to manage and control the Windows 10 File Explorer from the bottom up and reveal features you never... Read More , including these little known features of File Explorer 10 Little Known Features of Windows File Explorer 10 Little Known Features of Windows File Explorer Don’t let Windows File Explorer fool you with its plain looks. It’s capable of many more actions and tweaks than it lets on! Let us show you a bunch of them. Read More .

How often do you use Quick Access? Do you prefer this feature on or off? Share with us below!

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  1. ringhalg
    August 1, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I have a problem with this. I only want to certain files or folders to appear on this list. How do I disable auto-add on some folders?

  2. JENIFERSMITH
    July 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this. My Windows 10 File Explorer kept crashing and this resolved the issue :)

    • Joel Lee
      July 29, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      You're welcome Jenifer! Glad it could help, haha.

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