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How to Clear Recent Files in Windows 10 Explorer

Are you wondering how to clear recent files in your Windows 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.

2 ways to clear recent files for your account in Windows 10:

Option 1: Remove Recent Files from Windows 10 Quick Acees

By default, Windows 10 keeps track of recently opened documents and files generally. Here is a simple way to permanently remove clear recent folders and files from Windows 10 File Explorer:

Step 1: Open File Explorer. Locate to Quick Access, you can see Frequent folders and Recent files.

Quick Access

Step 2: Right-click on the recent folder or file you want to delete, and select Remove from Quick access.

Remove from Quick access

Option 2: Clear All Recent Files from Windows 10 Explorer

This method allows you to hide all recent folders and files from appearing in Quick Access of Windows 10 File Explorer.

Step 1: In File Explorer, go to the View ribbon section and click the Options button.

File Exploere options

Step 2: When the Folder Options window opening, locate to the General tab. Then uncheck "Show recently used files in Quick access" and "Show recently used folders in Quick access".

Clear Quick Access History

Step 3: Click Apply and OK. The recent files and frequent folders will immediately disappear from File Explorer.

Hide recent files

Note that re-checking the "Show recently used files in Quick Access" option will also make your recent files appear in File Explorer again.

Delete Quick Access’s history