Streamlining Your Workflow: Disabling Quick Access in Windows File Explorer

Understanding how to customize the File Explorer can greatly enhance your productivity on Windows. In this informative piece, we’ll walk you through the steps necessary to disable the Quick Access feature in both Windows 10 and Windows 11. Adapting your system settings to fit your workflow can make a profound difference in efficiency. As technology advances, ensuring we use the most current and helpful features is essential.

Introduced in Windows 10 and continued in Windows 11, Quick Access is a File Explorer feature designed for convenience, providing quick entry to frequently used folders and recent files. However, some users prefer the classic “This PC” view upon opening File Explorer. Whether it’s due to familiarity or performance issues with Quick Access, we have solutions to both disable Quick Access and set “This PC” as your default view.

Set File Explorer to Default to ‘This PC’

Let’s kickstart the process by altering File Explorer settings in Windows 10 and 11 so that “This PC” will be your default view:

  1. Access Folder Options: Open File Explorer. If Quick Access opens, find and right-click ‘Quick Access’ in the left pane to continue.
    • In Windows 11: Right-click and navigate to ‘Show More Options’ > ‘Options’.
    • In Windows 10: Simply select ‘Options’.
  2. Modify General Tab Settings: In Folder Options, switch the “Open File Explorer to” setting to “This PC” from the drop-down menu. Click ‘Apply’, then ‘OK’.
  3. Restart File Explorer: Close File Explorer and reopen it from the taskbar or Start menu. It should now display “This PC” by default.

Completely Removing Quick Access from File Explorer

If you prefer to completely remove Quick Access from your File Explorer, we’ll use the Registry Editor to achieve this. Remember to back up your registry or set a restore point before making any changes.

  1. Launching Registry Editor: Use the Start menu or RUN dialog box (type ‘regedit’) to access the Registry Editor.
  2. Creating the ‘HubMode’ DWORD: In the Registry Editor, navigate to Explorer key, right-click, and add a new DWORD Value (32-bit). Name it ‘HubMode’ and set its value to ‘1’.
  3. Restart File Explorer: Close Registry Editor, along with any open File Explorer windows. Upon reopening File Explorer, Quick Access should no longer be visible.

Final Thoughts on Customizing File Explorer

The versatility of Windows allows users to tailor their experience to personal preferences or performance necessities. Disabling Quick Access is just one example of how adjusting settings can optimize your Windows navigation. While updates and changes in operating systems may initially seem daunting, they often offer new avenues for efficiency and personalization.

If you need any further clarification or encounter issues with these steps, feel free to reach out through our contact form. We’re here to assist you in making your Windows experience as smooth and tailored as possible. For those who found this guide helpful, sharing it with friends and family can extend the benefit to others navigating similar changes in their workflows.

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