Disable Recent Files and Frequent Folders in Windows 10: - Windows 10 is arguably the best operating system of all ages, released by Microsoft. It includes several features and improvements that made computing fun on Windows 10. But not all of us enjoy all the apps and features that are available by default. The quick access folder that appears to the left of This PC, while it helps us to easily access frequently accessed and recently worked files, will not always be needed for us. Files are added each time we browse or, depending on the number of times we see a particular folder, it is added to the frequent folders option. There are ways to add or delete files such as unlocking the specific folder by right clicking and choosing the Unlock from Quick Access option, or better add it to Quick Access by choosing the Add to Quick Access option.
There are several places where you can find your frequent folders and recent files.
You can find them directly from the Start menu. Here's what they will look like.
2. You can find them in the jump list on the taskbar.
3. You can find them in the quick access found on the left panel of This PC.
4. You can also find them in the File menu.
But if you really want to get rid of it completely on all sides, that's easy enough. You don't need any third party software. These are the steps to do it.
Steps to disable the Recent Files and Frequent Folders option
You can do this using the Group Policy Editor when managing the system with multiple users or using Windows 10 Pro.
Press the Win + R key which opens the Run window. Type "gpedit.msc" in the text box.
The Local Group Policy Editor is displayed. Now in the left panel, go to User Settings. Select from your menu, an option called Administrative Templates and from which you can select the Start Menu and Taskbar option.
User Configuration / Administrative Templates / Start Menu and Taskbar
In the right pane, choose the option called Don't save the history of recently opened documents and right click on it and open Pcorde.
Choose the Enable option and click Apply. Do the same for Remove Recent Items Menu from Start Menu.
This is also possible in Windows 7 and 8.1 by right-clicking on an empty space and selecting Properties. Disable all options in the Jump Lists.
Steps to take in Windows 10
- Go to settings.
- Go to Personalization and choose Start.
- Select Show recently added apps and Show recently opened items in jump lists on startup or on the taskbar.
Try the above steps and you will never find the recent items folder in recommended places again.