How to disable Quick Access in Windows 10 File Explorer

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  1. Constantpush

    every time I right click anything in my quick access list my explorer restarts fast and closes all open windows, I cannot seem to find any info in this anywhere!!! please someone help!!

  2. Michael

    I would definitely suggest you do a System Restore to a time before this started happening. This will not affect any of your personal files, and it may solve the problem.

  3. Ramona Tse

    We had a problem using file explorer and quick access: the never-ending “working on it” message whenever we tried to access our files. The system never even got to the state where we could use the options menu to disable Quick Access… We ran McAfee Virus and found nothing, but Malware Bytes turned up many infections and resolved the problem!

    Our problems were caused by malware — and Malwarebytes took care of it. I’d advise anyone else having trouble to give this a try.

  4. shong

    how can i remove quick access from the side bar of the file explorer completely? i did the steps above to set file explorer to open on this pc and to stop tracking recently/frequently used, but that annoying Quick Access section is still there in the side panel and I just want it gone completely

  5. c smythe

    ok . . . but it is still there, occupying valuable real-estate, I want it and much other crap GONE.

  6. Greg

    I don’t have that because it happened more the n 10 days ago. Now what

  7. Chris

    Totally fixed my issue. Thanks!

  8. jp

    Click View, Navigation pane and uncheck Navigation pane

  9. Thoralf Dobs

    You can access the folder options faster if you just right click on “Quick access” and select “Options” , instead of using the View Ribbon ….

  10. Malachi

    This actually helped me more than the whole article! Thanks! (Nothing wrong with the article.. it was just a bit confusing. Right click “Quick Access” showed me the options and made sense.. now I could clear the history and make sure not to show me the recent files/folders anymore)

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