How to turn off folders in Quick Access in Windows 10

Microsoft’s Windows 10 – by default – has a nifty Quick Access pane in File Explorer. This pane helps you quickly access files and folders you use on the regular. Say, for instance, you have a folder of photos of cookies – because you really like cookies and you click on that a lot, next time you open File Explorer, Microsoft will have helpfully stickied your Cookie folder for you, making it easy to access.
This is traditionally good for typical users. Most users store all their documents in one Folder and rarely need to open another enough times to trigger pinning to Quick access.

For users like me, however, I work with so many files over the course of a day for different reasons that Quick Access’ folder view can quickly shift over the course of a day and become useless.
Fortunately, if you’re someone with the same use-case, there’s a way to get around this.
Here’s how to turn off folders in Quick Access in Windows 10

  1.  Launch File Explorer.
  2.  Click or navigate to the “View” Icon in the ribbon 
  3.  Select the “Change Folder and Search Options” setting under the “Options” toggle
  4.  In the Folder Options box, now untick the “Show recently used files in Quick access” and “Show frequently used folders in Quick Access”
  5. To undo this, simply repeat steps 1-4 but tick the boxes on Step 4 instead.

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