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Published: June 23, 2015 | Applies to:

This registry workshop will help you to forcefully and permanently remove Quick Access from File Explorer in Windows 10, so that Explorer opens to This PC.

In Windows 10 File Explorer, by default it opens to Quick Access, which is new feature. The Quick Access is basically a list which you can modify according to your need so that you can get into your favorite stuff with ease. This means you can add new folders to this list, which you access most and quickly get into them, even if they have a long location path.

When you install Windows 10 for the first time, in the navigation pane of File Explorer, you’ll see that Quick Access have some folders already linked in. Now if you expand the This PC link in the same pane, you got the same folders again which are already listed in Quick Access list.

How To Permanently Remove Quick Access From File Explorer In Windows 10

So in case if you don’t want to use Quick Access at all, you may want to remove it completely from the navigation pane of File Explorer, so that duplication of entries can be avoided:

How To Permanently Remove Quick Access From File Explorer In Windows 10

Now here is the how to part:

How To Permanently Remove Quick Access From File Explorer In Windows 10

1. Open File Explorer and in the ribbon, navigate to View -> Options -> Change folder and search options. You’ll be arrived at Folder Options window shown below.

How To Permanently Remove Quick Access From File Explorer In Windows 10

Here, select This PC option against Open File Explorer to section. Also under Privacy, uncheck Show recently used files in Quick access and Show frequently used folders in Quick access options and hit Clear button. Click Apply followed by OK.

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

2. Press Windows Key + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

3. Navigate here:


How To Permanently Remove Quick Access From File Explorer In Windows 10

4. At this registry location, firstly take the ownership of {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6} key using these methods:

5. Once you’ve taken ownership, click on ShellFolder sub-key next to {679f85cb-0220-4080-b29b-5540cc05aab6} and come to its corresponding right pane. In the right pane, you’ll have Attributes named registry DWORD (REG_DWORD). Double click on it and modify its Value data from a0100000 to a0600000. Click OK.

You can now close the Registry Editor and restart File Explorer or reboot the machine to get Quick Access removed permanently.

Must read tips for File Explorer:

1. How to show or hide “Favorites” in File Explorer

2. Open Computer folder directly instead of File Explorer

3. File Explorer not starting automatically after logon

4. Customize Places Bar for File Explorer navigation pane

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