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How to Clear Quick Access History in Window 10

In Windows 10, File Explorer opens to Quick access by default which shows your Frequent folders and Recent files.

  • Frequent folders = Displays up to ten folders that you frequently opened on the system.
  • Recent files = Displays up to twenty files that you most recently opened.

This guide describes how to clear Quick Access File Explorer history for your user account in Windows 10.

Clear Quick Access History in Folder Options

To set File Explorer to open either This PC or Quick Access by default in Folder Options, here's how:

Step 1Open File Explorer by pressing Win+E on keyboard.

Step 2: In File Explorer Ribbon, click the File > Change Folder and search options.

Change folder and search options

Step 3: In the General tab, click Clear button in the Privacy section, and click on OK to apply this change.

Clear Quick Access History in Folder Options

Clean up Quick Access History in File Explorer Options

To delete Quick Access History in File Explorer options, here's how:

Step 1: Open Control Panel by pressing Win+X, and P key on keyboard.

Open Control Panel

Step 2: Change the Control Panel View by to Small icons, click File Explorer options.

Open File Explorer Options

Step 3: On the General tab, uncheck boxes Show recently used files in Quick Access and Show recently used folders in Quick access.

Clear Quick Access History

Step 4: Then check options Show recently used files in Quick Access and Show recently used folders in Quick access. Click Apply button.

Delete Quick Access’s history

You can launch File Explorer to check if Quick Access’s history be cleared now.

Launch File Explorer to open Quick Access