Quick Access - Hide Specific File or Folder in Windows 10

    Quick Access - Hide Specific File or Folder in Windows 10

    How to Hide a Specific File or Folder from Quick access in Windows 10
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    How to Hide a Specific File or Folder from Quick access in Windows 10

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    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.

    Recent items is a list of the files that you have used or opened recently. These items are displayed as "Recent files" in Quick access, and under "Recent" in jump lists for icons on the taskbar.

    Frequent places is a list of folders, websites, etc... that you have opened recently. These items are displayed as "Frequent folders" in Quick access, "Frequent places" under File in File Explorer, and under "Frequent" in jump lists on the taskbar.

    When you hide a file or folder from Quick access, the file or folder will no longer show in all recent and frequent locations in Windows 10 until you stop hiding them.


    This tutorial will show you how to hide a specific file or folder from the Quick access page to no longer show in all frequent and recent locations for your user account in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Hide a Specific File from Recent in Quick access
    • Option Two: To Hide a Specific Folder from Frequent in Quick access
    • Option Three: To Stop Hiding Files and Folders from Quick access







    Quick Access - Hide Specific File or Folder in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Quick Access - Hide Specific File or Folder in Windows 10
    To Hide a Specific File from Recent in Quick access

    1. Open File Explorer, and click/tap on Quick access in the navigation pane.

    2. In Quick access, select one or more files under Recent files.

    3. Right click or press and hold on the selected file(s), and click/tap on Remove from Quick access.

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    Quick Access - Hide Specific File or Folder in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Quick Access - Hide Specific File or Folder in Windows 10
    To Hide a Specific Folder from Frequent in Quick access

    1. Open File Explorer, and click/tap on Quick access in the navigation pane.

    2. In Quick access, select one or more unpinned folders under Frequent folders.

    3. Right click or press and hold on the selected folder(s), and click/tap on Remove from Quick access.

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    Quick Access - Hide Specific File or Folder in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Quick Access - Hide Specific File or Folder in Windows 10
    To Stop Hiding Files and Folders from Quick access

    Note   Note
    Clearing File Explorer history deletes the info Windows saved about the files and folders you use as well as what you've typed in the address bar.

    If you clear your history, the Recent files section will disappear from Quick access until you open a file, and all Frequent folders will disappear from Quick access except those you pinned until you open a folder.




    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       2015-10-18 #1

    Thank you Brink.
    Excellent tutorial as usual, except I suppose it was from the pre-release version of Windows 10 and my official release Windows 10 now says "Remove from Quick access" instead of "Hide from recent" for files, and "Hide from frequent" for folders. But that's a minuscule critique; I did still clearly understand the method. Thanks again. However, I have a slightly different need. I have dozens of client sales folders, and reports for each, that I don't need to clutter my recent files or Quick access.

    Is there any way to easily exclude a folder, and it's subfolders and files, from Quick access and Recent files entirely, and BEFORE they show up in any Quick access or Recent files list? Right now, I can 'exclude' them using your method AFTER they've shown up in Quick access or recent, but that means I have to vigilantly wait until each of, say, 10 subfolders shows up in Quick access before being able to tell Windows to never show it. This is so inefficient. Furthermore, in the future, if I add a new 11th subfolder, must I watch for it to show in Quick access and exclude it manually too?

    I'm thinking that there must be a way to just exclude folders and contents beforehand. Thank you for any input or idea.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,342
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15007
       2015-10-18 #2

    Hello onefreeborn,

    I've updated the screenshots and wording in the tutorial for the latest build to help.

    I'm afraid that I'm not currently aware of a way to exclude folders and files from showing up in Quick access in the first place.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       2015-10-19 #3

    Ok, understood. Please let me know here if you do run across a solution in the future.
    And once again, thank you Brink, for your efforts over many years. I've benefited from your knowledge for many years... at least from the Sevenforums on as I can recall. Your oft unrewarded efforts do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
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