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How To Turn Off Quick Access In Windows 11

Quick Access is a convenient feature in Windows 11, but if you want to disable it for a different navigation experience, follow these steps.

To turn off Quick Access in Windows 11, there are multiple methods you can use. The first method involves using the Local Group Policy Editor:

  1. Right-click on the Start menu and select Run.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc” in the text box and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Navigate to User Configuration > Administrator Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.
  4. Double-click on the “Remove Quick Settings” policy in the right pane.
  5. Select the Enabled radio button and click OK.
  6. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

If you don’t have the Group Policy Editor in the Windows Home edition, you can use the Registry Editor instead:

  1. Press Win + R keys to access the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type “regedit” and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  4. Right-click on the “Windows” folder and select New > Key. Name it “Explorer” and press Enter.
  5. Select the “Explorer” folder and right-click in the right pane. Choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  6. Name it “DisableControlCenter” and press Enter.
  7. Set the value of “DisableControlCenter” to 1 in the Value Data field and select Hexadecimal as the base.
  8. Click OK to save the changes.
  9. Restart your computer.

To hide the Quick Settings in Windows 11 without disabling it completely, you can change the File Explorer settings:

  1. Open File Explorer using the Windows + E shortcut.
  2. Click on the Menu icon (three dots) on the right end of the Menu bar and select Options.
  3. In the Folder Options dialog box, expand the Open File Explorer to drop-down menu and choose “This PC” instead of “Quick access.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Alternatively, you can also unpin specific folders from Quick access by right-clicking on them and selecting “Unpin from Quick access”. Additionally, you can disable the display of recently used files and folders in Quick access by going to the Folder Options window and unchecking the corresponding checkboxes.

Remember to create a backup or system restore point before making any changes to the Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor to revert them if anything goes wrong.

Using the Local Group Policy Editor

If you have access to the Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 11, you can use it to easily disable Quick Access. The Local Group Policy Editor provides advanced settings and options for system administrators. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Right-click on the Start menu and select Run.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc” in the text box and hit Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Navigate to User Configuration > Administrator Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar.
  4. Double-click on the “Remove Quick Settings” policy in the right pane.
  5. Select the Enabled radio button and click OK.
  6. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

If you don’t have the Group Policy Editor in the Windows Home edition, you can use the Registry Editor instead. Here’s how:

  1. Press Win + R keys to access the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type “regedit” and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  4. Right-click on the “Windows” folder and select New > Key. Name it “Explorer” and press Enter.
  5. Select the “Explorer” folder and right-click in the right pane. Choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  6. Name it “DisableControlCenter” and press Enter.
  7. Set the value of “DisableControlCenter” to 1 in the Value Data field and select Hexadecimal as the base.
  8. Click OK to save the changes.
  9. Restart your computer.

To hide the Quick Settings in Windows 11 without disabling it completely, you can change the File Explorer settings. Here’s how:

  1. Open File Explorer using the Windows + E shortcut.
  2. Click on the Menu icon (three dots) on the right end of the Menu bar and select Options.
  3. In the Folder Options dialog box, expand the Open File Explorer to drop-down menu and choose “This PC” instead of “Quick access”.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Remember to create a backup or system restore point before making any changes to the Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor to revert them if anything goes wrong.

Using the Registry Editor (Windows Home edition)

If you’re using the Windows 11 Home edition and don’t have the Group Policy Editor, you can still disable Quick Access using the Registry Editor. The Registry Editor allows you to modify settings and configurations in the Windows operating system. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Win + R keys to access the Run Command dialog box.
  2. Type “regedit” and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  3. Navigate to the path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  4. Right-click on the “Windows” folder and select New > Key. Name it “Explorer” and press Enter.
  5. Select the “Explorer” folder and right-click in the right pane. Choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  6. Name it “DisableControlCenter” and press Enter.
  7. Set the value of “DisableControlCenter” to 1 in the Value Data field and select Hexadecimal as the base.
  8. Click OK to save the changes.
  9. Restart your computer.

To hide the Quick Settings in Windows 11 without disabling it completely, you can change the File Explorer settings:

  1. Open File Explorer using the Windows + E shortcut.
  2. Click on the Menu icon (three dots) on the right end of the Menu bar and select Options.
  3. In the Folder Options dialog box, expand the Open File Explorer to drop-down menu and choose “This PC” instead of “Quick access“.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Alternatively, you can also unpin specific folders from Quick access by right-clicking on them and selecting “Unpin from Quick access“. Additionally, you can disable the display of recently used files and folders in Quick access by going to the Folder Options window and unchecking the corresponding checkboxes.

Remember to create a backup or system restore point before making any changes to the Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor to revert them if anything goes wrong.

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Changing File Explorer Settings

If you prefer to hide Quick Access in File Explorer without disabling it completely, you can follow these steps to change the File Explorer settings.

1. Open File Explorer using the Windows + E shortcut.

2. Click on the Menu icon (three dots) on the right end of the Menu bar and select Options.

3. In the Folder Options dialog box, expand the Open File Explorer to drop-down menu and choose “This PC” instead of “Quick access”.

4. Click OK to save the changes.

By selecting “This PC” as the default view in File Explorer, Quick Access will be hidden, and you will see the traditional view with all your drives and folders.

Alternatively, if you want to remove specific folders from Quick access, you can right-click on them and select “Unpin from Quick access”. This will remove the selected folders from the Quick Access section in File Explorer, but Quick Access will still be visible.

If you want to disable the display of recently used files and folders in Quick access, you can go to the Folder Options window and uncheck the corresponding checkboxes. This will prevent Quick Access from showing your recently opened files and folders, giving you a cleaner navigation experience.

Remember, before making any changes to the Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor, it’s always a good idea to create a backup or system restore point. This will allow you to revert the changes if anything goes wrong during the process.