Quick Access is one of the several new features introduced with Windows 10. As you might have noticed by now, when you click or tap the File Explorer icon in the taskbar or Start, Windows 10 launches Quick Access instead of This PC. The Quick Access folder displays recently used files and frequently used folders so that you can quickly open them, eliminating the need to navigate to file or folder’s actual location.
With default settings, Quick Access appears in the navigation pane of File Explorer (Windows Explorer) as well. The Quick Access list in the navigation pane shows desktop, downloads, documents, pictures, and up to four frequently used folders by default. While Quick Access is more useful than the now-discontinued Favorites, the problem with it is that File Explorer opens to Quick Access by default in Windows 10.
Not all users like seeing recently used files and frequently used folders upon launching the File Explorer. While it’s possible to navigate to This PC from Quick Access, users need to go through an extra step.
To take care of those users, there are options under Folder Options to stop displaying frequently used folders and recently used files in Quick Access. But if you prefer disabling Quick Access in Windows 10 so that you can directly open This PC by skipping Quick Access, you can do so as well.
In this guide, we will show how you can make This PC default in Windows 10 by disabling Quick Access as well as how to remove the Quick Access from the navigation pane.
Method 1 of 5
Disable Quick Access in Windows 10
Note that this method doesn’t completely remove the Quick Access feature. The feature will continue to appear in the navigation pane (left pane) of File Explorer. Please check Method 2 (scroll down to see) to get rid of Quick Access from the navigation pane.
Step 1: Open Folder Options. To do so, open File Explorer, click View, click the small down arrow icon just below the Options, and then click Change folder and search options to open Folder Options dialog.
Step 2: Under the General tab of Folder Options, select This PC from the drop-down box next to Open File Explorer to, and then click Apply button. That’s it! From now onwards, when you click the File Explorer icon or use Windows + E keyboard shortcut, Windows 10 will launch This PC instead of Quick Access.
Method 2 of 5
Remove Quick Access from the navigation pane
UPDATE: It’s now possible to completely remove the Quick Access from the File Explorer navigation pane. You need to edit the Registry to make it happen. Here is how to do that quickly.
Step 1: Launch the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
Step 2: On the right side, right-click on an empty spot, click New, click DWORD (32-bit) Value and then name it as HubMode.
Step 3: Finally, double-click on the HubMode entry and set its value data to 1 to remove the Quick Access from the navigation pane of File Explorer.
Method 3 of 5
Remove a pinned folder from Quick Access
Step 1: Right-click on the pinned folder and then click Unpin from Quick access option.
Method 4 of 5
To Stop Windows 10 from showing frequently used folders and files
Step 1: Open Folder Options by following the steps mentioned in Method 1.
Step 2: Under the General tab of Folder Options, uncheck options titled Show recently used files in Quick Access and Show frequently used folders in Quick Access.
Step 3: Click the Apply button. That’s all!
Method 5 of 5
Turn off Quick Access via Registry
In this method, we edit the default values of the Windows Registry. We recommend you create a manual system restore point before making changes to Registry. Note that this method doesn’t remove Quick Access from the navigation pane.
Step 1: Open Registry Editor. To open it, type Regedit in Start menu search box, and then press Enter key. Click Yes button when you see the User Account Control box to launch Registry Editor.
NOTE: One can also type Regedit in Run command box and then press Enter key to open Registry Editor.
Step 2: Navigate to the following registry key:
Step 3: On the right side, look for the entry named LaunchTo. Double-click on it and change its value to 0 (zero) to turn off Quick Access.
Do you find the Quick Access feature useful?
Clyde Massaro says
Quick Access in Windows 10 has stopped my accessing all my folders and files. Keeps trying to refresh (with the green bar roll to the right). How do I eliminate this issue?
Orlando Huang Dejiu says
Even the Registry Editor method works but do the following first, right click on the Quick Access, select options, change the open to into This PC, uncheck the two boxes that are at the most bottom and select Clear in the same box. Click apply and click OK after you click apply. Continue with the steps!
Richie D says
This advice for removing quick access is totally useless. the explore would no longer open.
An other example of “windows” improvements.
Go back to xp!
Edward Newbold says
In 2019, this is very bad advice. Author should update the damned article before people totally screw up their machines!
Do Not Use “regedit” method. File Explorer would not work !!!
You need to do an edit: DON’T CHANGE THIS REGISTRY ENTRY, IT WILL NOW DISABLE WINDOWS EXPLORER
Fortunately, it’s an easy fix. As another poster stated, change the value of the registry key back to zero.
Kenneth Stephens says
My Quick Start on my ACER fails to complete it journey to RUN. WIN10 trouble shoot goes into loop which is almost impossible to exit. What to do?
W Benedek says
I followed the outlined steps for changing the registry and found ‘LaunchTo’ and changed the entry to ‘0’ and rebooted. After restart, clicking on ‘File Explorer’ error message was displayed and nothing else. After changing the registry back to a value ‘1’, the ‘File Explorer’ worked, and I had to remove each folder manually. Almost everything of 170 GB of 220 GB was listed. Most of those folders I have not accessed for more than 2½ years. Quick access is very bad. Sometimes I waited more than five minutes to be able to access a folder.
Sage Wizard says
no longer works after update to version 1607
launchto entry was removed
Now its on my desktop. What do i do now?