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How to clear or disable recent file and folder history in Windows 11

Without a doubt, Windows 11 and Windows 10 have incorporated a large number of new features compared to previous versions of Microsoft's operating systems.

In general, these new functions have undoubtedly been incorporated with the idea of improving the use and accessibility of the operating system as well as all files and programs. However, in some cases, improvements and new functions can work against users, as can be the case with the new Quick Access section.

The Quick Access section has been incorporated into the Windows 11 and Windows 10 file explorer. This section has been incorporated into the upper left part of the explorer in which if we click on it, you will see how in the right part of the window It will show two sections such as: The most frequently used folders and Recent files.

This can be very useful, to be able to access the most frequently used files or those that you have recently accessed much faster. However, this same feature may not be very well received by users who are more demanding with privacy or who share the computer with other users and do not want these users to know frequently opened files or folders. By default, any user who has access to a computer with Windows 11 or Windows 10, will be able to know which files have been recently opened or the folders that are used most frequently.

However, it should be noted that Windows 11 and Windows 10 allow users to clear the history of recent files as well as disable the registry of recently used files and here we show you how to do it:

How to disable Recent Files section of Windows 11 File Explorer (Quick Access)

1. Open Windows 11 File Explorer.

2. Once in the Explorer interface you will have to click on the three ellipsis icon.

3. In the context menu you will have to click on: Options

4. This will open a window in which you will have to go to the tab: General

5. Now in the section: Privacy, you will have to UNMARK the options:

  • Show recently used files in Quick Access
  • Show frequently used folders in Quick Access.

Once these 2 options are unchecked, you will have to click on the button: Apply and OK.

Now if you open File Explorer and go to the Quick Access section, you will not see recently opened files or folders commonly used in Windows 11

Clear Recent Files history in Windows 10.

To erase the trace of the files that we have used, we must first access the Windows file explorer. Once the window is open, you must click on the File option which is one of the tabs displayed on the File Explorer task bar.

This will bring up a menu with several options, including: Change folder and search options, which you will have to click on. to see how a new window will open. In this small window you will have to focus on the General tab, which will reveal several sections. In our case, we will be interested in the Privacy section, in which you will find the Delete button next to the message: Delete the File Explorer history.

Once you have clicked Delete, don't forget to also click the OK button to save the changes. Now when you go to the Quick Access section in the file explorer, no information about recent files will be displayed. However, you should know that from this moment the files you access will be registered again. In other words, access to future files will still be registered. If you want to prevent Windows 10 from recording this information, read on.

Disable recording of recent files in Windows 10 file explorer.

The procedure is exactly identical to the previous one, with the only difference that instead of clicking the Delete button, we will have to focus on the two options: Show recently used files in Quick Access and Show frequently used folders in Quick Access . These two options are also shown under the Privacy section and next to each one of them a box is displayed, which you must uncheck.

Once unchecked, you must click on the Apply button and finally OK for the changes made to take effect. Finally, you only have to go to the Quick Access of the Windows file explorer to check how recent files or frequent folders are not shown now.

Note: it should be noted that in the Quick Access section of the file explorer even after deactivating the registration of frequent folders and recent files, several folders will still be displayed here that remain anchored in this section. This does not mean that they are your frequent folders.

Date update on 2021-07-19. Date published on 2021-07-19. Category: Computer class Author: Oscar olg Fuente: downloadsource