How to Change Quick access Settings in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to change and customize the Quick access feature in Windows 11.

When you want to find files, folders, and settings in Windows 11, the Quick access feature is there to help you without searching through the entire system’s hard drive, which can contain thousands of files. By default, File Explorer opens to Quick Access.

When you want to file or folder content quickly in Windows 11, you can pin it to Quick Access so it’s at your fingertip when you need it again. Just right-click the folder and select Pin to Quick Access. Unpin it when you don’t need it there anymore.

If you have ever used Quick Access in Windows 10, there’s nothing new to learn except some File Explorer UI changes. Many things have changed in File Explorer that may take time to get used to.

To get started with Quick Access in Windows 11, continue below.

How to disable Quick Access in Windows 11

Windows automatically adds frequently accessed files and recent folders to Quick Access so you can find them quickly when needed. Quick Access is how you find things quickly. However, if you don’t want frequently accessed items to show up, you can simply turn off the Quick Access feature.

You can also customize and change Quick access settings so that it only shows you pinned files and folders and does not show recent and frequently accessed files and folders.

To do that, open File Explorer, go to the three dots on the menu and then select Options as highlighted below.

In the File Explorer folder option general tab, select Open File Explorer to This PC. And then, in the Privacy section, clear the checked boxes and select Apply.

Apply your changes, and quick Access will be disabled.

How to pin or remove items from Quick Access

If you frequently use a particular folder, you can have that folder appear in Quick Access so it’ll be easy to find when you need it again. To do that, simply right-click the target folder and select Pin to Quick Access. 

To unpin or remove the folder from Quick Access, simply right-click the folder and select Unpin from Quick Access, as highlighted below.

How to show only pinned folders in Quick Access

Quick Access has some good features. If you don’t want to completely deactivate it but turn off recently accessed files and folders, you can enable Quick Access but turn off the recent access feature.

Open File Explorer and go to the three dots to access the Options settings. Make sure the option to Open File Explorer is set to Quick Access. And In the Privacy section, clear the check boxes and select Apply. 

Now Quick Access will only show your pinned folders.

That should do it!


This post showed you how to change Quick Access settings in Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the comment form below to report.

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  1. Luka Stemberger

    So there is no way to remove Quick Access in Windows 11??
    And there seems to be no way to remove the Recommended section in the Start menu?!
    This is ridiculous

    1. You can remove Quick Acces via Registry editor. The W10 guide works fine.
      The content of the Recommended section can be removed via Settings -> Personalisation -> Show recently… OFF Unfortunatelly the text “Recommended….” in Start menu can’t be removed.

  2. I followed the instructions and nothing happened.
    “You can remove Quick Access via Registry editor. The W10 guide works fine.” is your response to Luka – so where do I find W10 Guide? because I don’t want the stupid Quick Access.

    1. Well, you can change the default folder to “This computer”, which is fine for me. (I never got the idea of quick access folder. All app I need to quickly access are pined to taskbar).

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