How to Disable Ads in Windows 10 File Explorer

Ben Stegner 15-03-2017

Windows 10 has gotten a lot right, but it’s far from perfect. One of the most annoying parts of this version is that Microsoft has crammed ads into many places 5 Places to Find & Disable Ads in Windows 10 You shouldn't have to put up with advertising in your operating system. Windows 10 features a few ads and promotions. We'll show you where to find and how to get rid of them. Read More that were once clean. From “Recommended” junk in your Start Menu to ad-infested versions of the classic Solitaire and Minesweeper games, it seems that you can’t get away.


Recently, many users have started to see ads show in up the File Explorer. While they’re at least advertising for Office 365 and other Microsoft products instead of inappropriate content How to Ban Windows 10 Ads & NSFW Content from Your Desktop Windows 10 may be crossing a line with desktop ads and NSFW content. Microsoft and third-party developers can push promotional material directly onto your desktop. We show you how you can defend yourself. Read More , nobody wants to see more ads shoved into their daily workflow. Thankfully, these are easy to disable.

Open your Start Menu and type File Explorer Options, then click that entry to open the File Explorer’s Settings panel. Select the View tab, then scroll through the Advanced Options box to find Show sync provider notifications. Turn this option off, and you won’t see those annoying ads anymore.

This doesn’t seem linked to the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft just announced the next major Windows 10 upgrade. The Creators Update will come to 400 million users in Spring 2017. Here are the highlights of Wednesday's Windows 10 event. Read More , as we turned off the option on a machine that’s on the current stable build of Windows 10. Whether you’ve seen these ads yet or not, it’s a good idea to turn this item off so you aren’t bothered by them in the future.

Have you seen ads in your File Explorer? Tell us if these bother you down in the comments!

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  1. Psidium
    March 21, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    I am surprised that there is no mention of language folders.
    The amount of space taken up with language files which are not required is surprisingly large.
    If you look in any of the large applications, you can find around 50 or more directories and files for languages which can save loads of disk space.
    Be careful not to delete the language(s) which you do use.
    I removed about 7½ Gb of useless language files after installing 5 large programs recently.