How to Prevent Auto-Added Files & Folders in Quick Access

Joel Lee 28-07-2016

So you just upgraded to Windows 10 before it was too late What Happens If You Don't Upgrade to Windows 10? What happens if you don't upgrade to Windows 10? Here are your Windows 10 update options so you can stay current. 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 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.


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 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 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. Mick
    June 6, 2020 at 2:40 am

    I just unchecked both, and it automatically removed all of my manually pinned Quick Access folders. I wanted to prevent new ones from being automatically added, not remove my previous manual ones. Useless tip.

  2. fred
    May 31, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Is this setting a computer setting or a User setting. Does it have to be done from within each User profile?

  3. CCPCh
    February 26, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks you.

    BTW I like Quick access, i just dont like things being added without my consent.

    Thanks again-

  4. Frank Skare
    December 23, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Very helpful, thank you!

  5. Katee
    November 21, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Thank You! This was driving me nuts!

  6. Lily
    November 19, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you!

  7. Anonymous
    November 14, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks very much! I upgraded to Windows 10 so i wouldn't have to worry about the Windows 7 End of Life. Things are sure more different from Windows 7!

  8. Javier
    November 5, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    thank you very much for this article short and to the point, 4 years later it is still useful

  9. Ivan
    May 9, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    can I do this with a command using Powershell or cmd?

  10. Anonymous
    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?

    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.