How to Remove a File or Folder From Quick Access in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
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Microsoft changed a couple of things in File Explorer in Windows 10 Technical Preview. One of these changes/additions is Quick access, which allows you to open the files you recently used. But if you want to remove a certain file from Quick access, we’ll show you how in this article.
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In Windows 10, a new File Explorer location, Quick access opens automatically whenever you open File Explorer. It collects information about files and folders you recently used and shows them in the File Explorer, so you can easily access them again.  But sometimes you might not want your private files to show up in Quick access, and you’ll want to hide them. You can simply delete the file, but it will also be deleted from its original location, so we don’t recommend this. But you can also hide the file from Quick access section and prevent it from further showing up, and here’s how to do that:

  1. Open File Explorer and Quick access will probably be opened by default, if not click on Quick access
  2. Right-click any file or folder you want to hide from Quick access
  3. Choose “Remove from Quick Access” to hide the selected file or folder

That would be all, the file or folder you selected will never show up in the Quick access again.

The Quick access location in File Explorer is the successor of Recent files feature, which was placed in the Start Menu in older versions of Windows. Since the Recent files feature is removed in Windows 10 Technical Preview, using the Quick access is probably the easiest and fastest way to access your recent files.

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