How to Exclude Files and Folders From Recent Files on Windows 10

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File Explorer dynamically updates the files and folders it shows under Quick Access, based on the files you’ve recently opened. Generally, it works out to be a time-saving feature, allowing you to quickly access files or folders you’ve worked on most recently.

hero-(5)But once in a while it’ll make your life easier if you could just hide these recent results -- for a presentation, for example. Here’s how it’s done.

  1. Type explorer in the search box on the Taskbar.
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  2. From the search options, select File Explorer.
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  3. In the list of Frequent folders, right-click on the folder you want to exclude.
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  4. In the context menu that opens, select Remove from Quick Access. Follow a similar process to exclude files from the Recent files list. remove

     

  5. Click X in the upper right corner to close the File Explorer window.
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Credit: Microsoft