“Quick Access” is a feature of Windows File Explorer that you either love as being very convenient, or hate as wasting space. Since I never use it, I fall into the latter camp.
Let’s clean it up.
In File Explorer, click on the View menu (press the alt key to display it if you don’t see it), and then the Options button, to display the Folder Options dialog.
There are four changes in which you might be interested.
- “Open File Explorer to:” – By default, Windows File Explorer opens to the Quick access section. Change that to “This PC”, and the next time you open File Explorer, you’ll get that instead. Quick access will still be there, but you’ll have to navigate to it yourself in the left-hand pane.
- “Show recently used files in Quick access” – Uncheck this to stop File Explorer’s collection and display of recently used files.
- “Show recently used folders in Quick access” – Uncheck this to stop File Explorer’s collection and display of recently used folders.
- “Clear” – Click this button to empty the recently used lists.
Of course, you can pick and choose which of those settings you want to enable or disable. Do all four, as I do, and you’ll have a much more consistent File Explorer that always opens to the same thing – “This PC” – when you start it.