A Guide on Quick Access in Windows 10

In this post, we’ll see:

In this instance, I am using Windows 10. Let us start.

Disable Quick Access

You can disable Quick access if you don’t like it, and here’s how:

Launch File Explorer options. From the drop-down list at the top, choose This PC. Hit the Ok button at the bottom.

Now, remove the Quick access icon from the Navigation pane of the File Explorer. The steps to do this task are in the following section.


Remove Quick Access Icon

You can see the Quick access icon in the Navigation pane of File Explorer. Windows 10 doesn’t have the option to remove this icon.

But you can remove it if you wish, and here’s how:

Open Registry Editor (it is always good to back up the Registry first before changing it).

Go to Hkey_Local_Machine > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer.

Now, right-click on the empty area in the right pane and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value.

Provide the name as HubMode and press the “Enter” key. Double-click “HubMode,” and in the pop-up, provide 1 in the “Value data” field and then hit the Ok button.

Launch the File Explorer. and you can see it without the Quick access icon, along with the pinned and frequently used folders.

Note: If you want the Quick access icon back, delete the Dword you’ve created above or change the Dword value to 0.

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Remove Pin to Quick Access from Context Menu

If you want to remove Pin to Quick access option, which you can find beneath Open in new window option in the context menu, follow the below steps:

Open Registry Editor in your Windows 10 PC. Go to Hkey_Classes_Root > Folder > shell > pintohome.

Take a backup of the latter key or entire Registry before proceeding further. Right-click on the pintohome key and then click on the “Delete” option.

In the pop-up, hit the Yes button. That’s all. You can see the change in the context menu now.

Note: if you want to get back the option, restore the backup which I have suggested you take in the above steps.


Remove Recently Used Files and Frequently Used Folders from Quick Access

Here, we will see the steps to remove recently used files and frequently used folders from Quick access.

By default, recently used files and frequently used folders are displayed in Quick access in Windows 10. If you want to remove those from Quick access, then here are the steps:

  1. Open File Explorer Options.
  1. In the “Privacy” section, you can view the following two options:
  • Show recently used files in Quick access – uncheck this option if you want to remove recently used files from Quick access.
  • Show frequently used folders in Quick access – uncheck this option if you want to remove frequently used folders from Quick access.
  1. After you unchecked both or anyone as per your liking, click the “Ok” button at the bottom.

​Note: remember that the pinned folders will be shown in Quick access even if you’ve unchecked “Show frequently used folders in Quick access” option.


Pin an Item to Quick Access

You can pin the following in Quick access:

  • Drive
  • This PC
  • Libraries
  • OneDrive
  • Network
  • Control Panel items (Note that not all have the option to pin. And remember that you need to be in “Large Icons” or “Small Icons” view to pin)

Here’s how you can do that:

Right-click on the item you want to pin to Quick access. In the context menu, select the “Pin to Quick access” option.

Notes

  • To unpin, right-click on the item you want to unpin and select “Unpin from Quick access” in the context menu.
  • Remember that you can pin multiple things at the same time. The steps are the same as above.
  • While I try to pin Control Panel items to Quick access, I can’t pin any except Administrative Tools.
  • You can see the pinned items in the “Frequent folders” section of Quick access.
  • You can see pinned items only if you remove frequently used folders in Quick access.

Here are some other ways to pin:

  1. Drag the item you want to pin and drop it in the “Quick access” icon.

OR

Go to the item you want to pin and then right-click on the “Quick access” icon.

In the context menu, you can see the “Pin current folder to Quick access” option. You can find that between “Collapse” and “Options.” Hit it.