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How To Turn-Off Recent Items & Frequent Places From Quick Access In Windows 10

How To Turn-Off Recent Items & Frequent Places From Quick Access

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How To Turn-Off Recent Items & Frequent Places From Quick Access In Windows 10

When you open the File Explorer (Quick Access) folder in Windows 10, it lists recently opened folders and files, even it lists hidden folders and files as well. If someone else uses your computer, he can see your hidden folder and files, which can hurt your privacy.

Not only File Explorer shows the recently opened files, but also some of the other builtin Windows apps like Notepad. When you right-click on Notepad icon pinned in Windows Taskbar, it lists all your recently opened files.

Now why it is not a good idea to turn off the Recent Items & Frequent Places is that, for instance you save your credentials like passwords or emails in a Notepad file. Now you think that you have hid your file, but it will be shown in Recent Items & Frequent Places or when someone will right-click on Notepad icon from Taskbar.

Take another example, let’s say you open some private pictures or videos that you don’t want others to see, but if  the Recent Items & Frequent Places are turned-on people can see those pictures there. So it is better to turn off the Recent Items & Frequent Places because privacy is more important than the quick access.

When you turn off Recent Items & Frequent Places it will be applied to all the applications in Windows.

In this tutorial we will guide you step-by-step to how to Turn-off Recent Items and Frequent Places from Quick Access in Windows 10.

  • This is how your Quick Access looks like when they are turned-on.
How To Turn-Off Recent Items & Frequent Places From Quick Access In Windows 10
  • To remove them manually one by one or specific ones, right-click on the folder or file and click Remove from Quick access. Remember that this will not turn-off Recent Items & Frequent Places, this will only remove individual items. Follow the steps below to turn them off at once & permanently.
How To Turn-Off Recent Items & Frequent Places From Quick Access In Windows 10

 

Turn-Off Recent Items

  • On Windows Search Bar type Settings.
  • Click Settings Or you can also open Settings from Desktop.
How To Turn-Off Recent Items & Frequent Places From Quick Access In Windows 10
  • Right-click on Desktop.
  • Click Personalize.
How To Turn-Off Recent Items & Frequent Places From Quick Access In Windows 10
  • Click Start.
  • Turn-off  “Show recently added apps.
  • Turn-off “Show recently opened items in Jump Lists in Start or the taskbar”.
How To Turn-Off Recent Items & Frequent Places From Quick Access In Windows 10

 

Turn-Off  Frequent Places

  • Click Files.
  • Click “Change folder and search options”.
How To Turn-Off Recent Items & Frequent Places From Quick Access In Windows 10
  • Click Clear button to clear the Explorer history.
  • Untick “Show frequently used folder in Quick access”.
  • Click OK.
How To Turn-Off Recent Items & Frequent Places From Quick Access In Windows 10
  • Now when you will open the File Explorer or Quick Access, you will see only the Default Quick Access folder, all other history will be removed.
  • If you want to remove the Default folders as well, right-click on the folder and click Remove from Quick access.
How To Turn-Off Recent Items & Frequent Places From Quick Access In Windows 10

 

What If Someone Turns-On Recent Items & Frequent Places Again?

For instances someone is using your computer and turns-on Recent Items & Frequent Places, will he be able to see all your recently opened folders and files in Quick Access? Answer is NO. He will see only those items and folder which he will open after turning-on the Recent Items & Frequent Places. You don’t need to worry about this.

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Meer Basit is the founder of Meer’s World. He’s been running the show since launching the blog back in 2018. By background he is a computer scientist. Primarily, he creates content around blogging (WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr), SEO, affiliate programs, earn-online, reviews, eCommerce, & technology. He has got years of professional experience in web programming, computer programming, databases, data warehousing, & transcription. In general, he likes traveling, gardening, watching movies, is a passionate cricketer, creative writer, and a GSD lover.

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