Windows’ Quick Access is a quick and easy wayto gain dynamic access to the files and folders that are most important to youon your Windows machine. It’s such a small feature, but it’s one that Windowsjust wouldn’t be the same without.

WIndows isn’t perfect, though. As it’slearning the files and folders that you access the most, there may be a fewthat you don’t want to be displayed in a menu that’s so prominent in WindowsExplorer. If so, there are ways around that.

In this article, let’s talk about a few of the ways you can customize your Windows 10 Quick Access menu so that you get the most out of it. By default, here’s what it looks like in Windows 10:

How to Enable or DisableFiles/Folders in Quick Access

One customization option for Quick Access inWindows 10 is the ability to disable displaying recently used files and/orfolders. Disabling both of these will render Quick Access useless unless you’vespecifically pinned files or folders to Quick Access, so keep that in mind.

To do so, navigate to File Explorer Options in your Control Panel. You can do this by opening explorer, clicking on the View tab and then clicking on the Options drop down. Here, click on Change folder and search options.

The following window will pop up. Towards thebottom, you will see two checkboxes that allow you to toggle showing recentfiles and/or folders on and off. Bear in mind that this does not mimic thefunctionality of Windows 10’s Recent Items. Only items that have seen repeateduse over time will display in Quick Access.

Go ahead and uncheck Show recently used files in Quick Access and Show frequently used folders in Quick Access. You also have the option of clearing your File Explorer history. This will effectively give you a clean slate in Quick Access so that more recent and relevant items can start to appear.

How to Exclude IndividualFiles/Folders in Quick Access

If you have a certain file or folder showingup in your Quick Access that you don’t want to appear, excluding it is a verysimple process.

All you have to do is right-click on the file or folder and select Remove from Quick Access or Unpin from Quick Access.

If you ever want to allow any files or folders to appear again, use the Clear button from File Explorer Options (shown in the previous section).

How to Remove Quick AccessEntirely

If you’ve decided that Quick Access just isn’t for you and you want to get rid of it entirely, this is possible through some simple registry editing. However, before you ever make any changes, remember to back up your Windows registry .

First, press the Windows key + R to bring up the Run prompt. In the field, type in “regedit” and press Enter.

On this window, in the folder tree to the left, navigate to the following registry key:

Right-click on an empty portion of the pane tothe right and select DWORD (32-bit)Value from the New menu.

Change the value’s name to “HubMode” and give it a value of 1.

Now, if you bring up Windows Explorer, youshould see that the Quick Access menu is no longer present on the left side. Ifyou still see it, you may need to restart Windows Explorer or your computeraltogether.

If you want to reverse this at any time, allyou have to do is delete the value you just created.

Quick Access is one of the most usefulfeatures in Windows 10’s file manager, and taking control of it can seriouslyimprove your everyday PC productivity. With the tips above, we hope you’velearned how to make Quick Access fit your needs!