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    Add or Remove Frequent folders from Quick access in Windows 10

    How to Add or Remove Frequent folders from Quick access in Windows 10
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    How to Add or Remove Frequent folders from Quick access in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows 10 replaced Favorites from previous Windows with Quick access. The Quick access page is the shortest route to files you've been working on and folders you often use. These are your frequent folders and recent files.

    In Windows 10, File Explorer opens to Quick access by default which shows your Frequent folders and Recent files.
    • Frequent folders = Displays up to ten folders that you frequently opened on the system.
    • Recent files = Displays up to twenty files that you most recently opened.

    This tutorial will show you how to add or remove Frequent folders in Quick access in File Explorer for all users or only your account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    When you hide or remove Frequent folders in Quick access, it will also clear it's history except for the locations you pinned to Quick access.

    If you set to hide Frequent folders and have folders pinned to Quick access, then Frequent folders will still show in Quick access until you unpin the folders.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: Hide or Show "Frequent folders" in Quick Access for Your Account using File Explorer Options
    • Option Two: Hide or Show "Frequent folders" in Quick Access for Your Account using a REG file
    • Option Three: Add or Remove "Frequent folders" in Quick Access for All Users using a REG file




    EXAMPLE: Quick access in Windows 10
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    Add or Remove Frequent folders from Quick access in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Add or Remove Frequent folders from Quick access in Windows 10
    Hide or Show "Frequent folders" in Quick Access for Your Account using File Explorer Options

    1. Open File Explorer Options.

    2. Do step 3 or step 4 below for what you would like to do.


     3. To Show "Frequent folders" in Quick access

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) In the General tab under Privacy, check the Show frequently used folders in Quick access box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

     4. To Hide "Frequent folders" in Quick access

    A) In the General tab under Privacy, uncheck the Show frequently used folders in Quick access box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    Add or Remove Frequent folders from Quick access in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Add or Remove Frequent folders from Quick access in Windows 10
    Hide or Show "Frequent folders" in Quick Access for Your Account using a REG file

    1. Do step 2 or step 3 below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Show "Frequent folders" in Quick access

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Show_Frequent_folders_in_Quick_access.reg

    download

     3. To Hide "Frequent folders" in Quick access

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Hide_Frequent_folders_in_Quick_access.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If the Quick access is currently open, then refresh (F5) it or close and open it to apply.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    Add or Remove Frequent folders from Quick access in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Add or Remove Frequent folders from Quick access in Windows 10
    Add or Remove "Frequent folders" in Quick Access for All Users using a REG file

    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

    Removing frequent folders using this option will override what users have set in Option One and Option One above.


    1. Do step 2, step 3, or step 4 below for what you would like to do.

     2. To Add "Frequent folders" to Quick access in 32-bit Windows 10

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    32-bit_Add_Frequent_Folders_to_Quick_access.reg

    download

     3. To Add "Frequent folders" to Quick access in 64-bit Windows 10

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    64-bit_Add_Frequent_Folders_to_Quick_access.reg

    download

     4. To Remove "Frequent folders" from Quick access

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.

    Remove_Frequent_Folders_from_Quick_access.reg

    download

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. If prompted, click on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. If the Quick access is currently open, then refresh (F5) it or close and open it to apply.

    9. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 8,349
    Windows 10 Professional
       19 Nov 2014 #1

    Having disabled Start and Jump List items and unpinning all Home Folder items, it seems the only item you can't unpin from the Home Folder is 'Desktop' under 'Frequent Folders'.
    However, if you right click on File Explorer on the taskbar then right click on the 'Desktop' item in the list and choose 'Unpin from this list', it removes 'Frequent folders' from the Home Folder as well.
    Shawn, I figured you could work this into the tutorial if it's a real option and not a glitch.

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       19 Nov 2014 #2

    Hey Edwin,

    Unpinning "Desktop" from Home doesn't remove "Frequent Folders" from Home for me, but I'll add this option to the tutorial below.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

    Thank you.

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  3.    07 Dec 2014 #3

    Greetings from Holly Jerusalem
    Very nice
    But how to open to specific folder
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       07 Dec 2014 #4

    Hello Aksalaymeh,

    I'm not sure what you mean. What do you want to open to a specific folder?
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  5.    13 Dec 2014 #5

    Greetings from Holly Jerusalem
    windows explorer to open
    to a specific folder
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  6. Posts : 8,349
    Windows 10 Professional
       13 Dec 2014 #6

    aksalaymeh said: View Post
    Greetings from Holly Jerusalem
    windows explorer to open
    to a specific folder
    Depends on the folder, which folder do you want to 'pin to the taskbar', I take it?
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  7. Posts : 20,887
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    Thread Starter
       13 Dec 2014 #7

    aksalaymeh said: View Post
    Greetings from Holly Jerusalem
    windows explorer to open
    to a specific folder
    Hello Aksalaymeh,

    In addition, if you like, you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to pin any folder to your taskbar that will always open to that folder in File Explorer.

    Taskbar - Pin or Unpin a Folder - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  8.    19 Mar 2015 #8

    Shawn,
    Option 1 doesn't appear to be working for me in Build 10041, have you been successful in turning off Quick Access in the File Explorer?
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  9. Posts : 20,887
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       19 Mar 2015 #9

    gzt7d8 said: View Post
    Shawn,
    Option 1 doesn't appear to be working for me in Build 10041, have you been successful in turning off Quick Access in the File Explorer?
    Hey mate,

    Yep, it still works in build 10041.

    Double check to see if you still see "Frequent folders" due to having folders pinned to Quick Access.

    Quick access - Pin or Unpin Locations in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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