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How To Stop Quick Access From Adding Folders In Windows 11

Quick Access is a convenient feature in Windows 11 that allows easy access to your frequently used files and folders. However, if you prefer to have greater control over what appears in Quick Access, you can follow these simple steps.

To stop Quick Access from adding folders in Windows 11, you can use the following methods:

  1. Pinning and Unpinning Folders: Right-click on the folder you want to pin to Quick Access and select “Pin to Quick Access” from the context menu. To unpin a folder, right-click on it and choose “Unpin from Quick Access.”
  2. Customizing Quick Access Settings: Go to “More” (three dots) > “Options” in File Explorer. Under the Privacy section, uncheck “Show recently used files in Quick access” and “Show frequently used folders in Quick access.” Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
  3. Removing Items from Quick Access: Right-click on an item and select “Remove from Quick access.” To clear all items, go to the Folder Options window and click the “Clear” button next to “Clear File Explorer history.”
  4. Disabling or Removing Quick Access: You can disable Quick Access by editing the Windows Registry. Open Registry Editor and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced. Change the value of the LaunchTo string to 0. Restart your PC to apply the changes. To completely remove Quick Access, you can modify the registry or create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named “HubMode” in the Explorer key and set its value to 1. Restart your PC to apply the changes and delete the HubMode key to restore Quick Access.

Remember to back up your files before making any changes to your system.

Pinning and Unpinning Folders in Quick Access

Pinning folders to Quick Access allows you to have quick and easy access to them. To do this, simply right-click on the folder you want to pin and select “Pin to Quick Access” from the context menu. This will add the folder to the Quick Access section, making it readily available whenever you open File Explorer.

Conversely, if you want to remove a folder from Quick Access, you can unpin it by right-clicking on the folder and selecting “Unpin from Quick Access.” This will remove the folder from the Quick Access section, keeping the section tidy and organized.

By pinning and unpinning folders in Quick Access, you can easily customize the files and folders that are most important to you. This allows for a more efficient workflow, as you can quickly access your frequently used items without having to navigate through multiple folders.

Table: Pinning and Unpinning Folders in Quick Access

Action Procedure
Pinning a Folder Right-click on the folder > Select “Pin to Quick Access”
Unpinning a Folder Right-click on the folder > Select “Unpin from Quick Access”

With the ability to pin and unpin folders in Quick Access, you have full control over the items displayed in this section. This allows you to personalize your file management experience and streamline your access to important files and folders.

Customizing Quick Access Settings

If you want to have more control over what appears in Quick Access or if you prefer to turn off Quick Access completely, you can customize its settings. To do this, open File Explorer and go to “More” (three dots) > “Options.” Under the Privacy section, uncheck “Show recently used files in Quick access” and “Show frequently used folders in Quick access.” Click Apply and OK to save the changes.

By customizing Quick Access settings, you can personalize your File Explorer experience to suit your needs. Turning off the display of recently used files and frequently used folders will prevent them from appearing in Quick Access. This can be helpful if you prefer a more streamlined view or if you want to keep specific files and folders private.

Additionally, if you find that Quick Access is displaying irrelevant or unwanted items, customizing its settings allows you to remove them. By unchecking the appropriate options, you can ensure that only the files and folders you want to see are displayed in Quick Access.

Remember, by customizing Quick Access settings, you can tailor your File Explorer experience to your liking. Take advantage of these options to declutter Quick Access and make it more efficient for your workflow.

Summary Table: Customizing Quick Access Settings

Action Steps
Open File Explorer Options Click on “More” (three dots) > “Options” in File Explorer.
Access Privacy Settings Under the Privacy section, uncheck “Show recently used files in Quick access” and “Show frequently used folders in Quick access.”
Apply Changes Click Apply and OK to save the changes and customize Quick Access settings.

Advanced Methods to Disable or Remove Quick Access

If the previous methods did not fulfill your requirements, there are advanced options to disable or remove Quick Access. You can disable Quick Access by editing the Windows Registry, but please proceed with caution. Alternatively, you can remove Quick Access by modifying the registry or creating a new DWORD (32-bit) Value. Remember to back up your files and follow the instructions carefully to avoid any unintended consequences.

To disable Quick Access through the Windows Registry, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor by pressing Windows Key + R, typing “regedit” in the Run dialog box, and clicking OK.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.
  3. Double-click on the LaunchTo string and change its value to 0.
  4. Restart your PC to apply the changes. To reenable Quick Access, change the value back to 1.

If you prefer to remove Quick Access from File Explorer, there are two methods:

  1. Method 1: Modify the registry by changing the Attributes value of the ShellFolder key.
  2. Method 2: Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named “HubMode” in the Explorer key and set its value to 1.
  3. Restart your PC to apply the changes. If you decide to restore Quick Access, simply delete the HubMode key.

Remember to back up your files before making any changes to your system. Disabling or removing Quick Access is an advanced operation that can have unintended consequences if not done correctly. Proceed with caution and ensure you follow the instructions carefully.