Windows 10: Disable Recent items

Turn off Recently Used items in File Explorer Quick Access

File Explorer has a section in the left navigator called Quick Access which can include both fixed items and recently used items. This means the folder list dynamically changes to reflect recent folders you’ve visited. For predictable folder access I’d prefer this list to be static and unchanging, and thankfully Windows 10 allows me to have that:

  1. Launch File Explorer
  2. Right-click the Quick access heading and select Options

    Windows Quick access

  3. Uncheck Show recently used files in Quick access and Show frequently used folders in Quick access.

  4. Click OK.

    Windows Quick access Options

Any folders I do use regularly can be added manually. To manully add additional items to Quick access, right-click the item in File Explorer and select Pin to Quick access.