How to Enable or Disable Show Files from Office.com in File Explorer in Windows 11

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The article guides users on managing the “Show Files from Office.com” feature in Windows 11 File Explorer. By default, the feature is enabled, presenting Office.com files in the home view. Users can disable it manually via Folder Options or using the Local Group Policy Editor or Windows Registry. The guide details each method for users.

This article describes how to turn “Show Files from Office.com” on or off in File Explorer when using Windows 11.

The latest File Explorer version in Windows 11 now defaults to Home, which was previously referred to as Quick access.

Home in the navigation pane is now the default view of File Explorer when it’s open. It lets you quickly access and view your frequently accessed folders (Quick access), Favorites, and recent files on the left pane.

Also new to File Explorer is that files from your Office.com account will show in File Explorer Home by default. However, you can turn this feature off, so that content from your Ofice.com account is not automatically added to File Explorer.

If this feature is off, and you want to allow your files from your Office.com account in File Explorer, then the steps below will show you how to do that.

Turn on or off files from Office.com in File Explorer from folder options

As described above, the latest version of File Explorer allows files from your Office.com account to show in File Explorer Home by default.

Here’s how to turn it on or off in Windows 11.

Example:

files on office in file explorer
Files on office in file explorer

To stop showing files from your Office.com account in File Explorer Home, open the File Explorer Folder Options.

windows 11 file explorer folder options onedrive
windows 11 file explorer folder options onedrive

When the File Explorer folder options window opens, Under the General tab, check or uncheck the box next to “Show files from Office.com” to enable or disable this feature.

enable or disable show files from office com
Enable or disable show files from office com

Click the OK button to save your changes and exit.

Turn on or off show files from office.com via the local group policy editor

If you want to disable this feature for all users on the system, you can use the Local Group Policy editor.

First, open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Click on the Start menu button and search for “Edit group policy. “ Under Best match, select Edit group policy result.

windows 11 edit group policy
windows 11 edit group policy

In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer

In the File Explorer details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting “Turn off files from Ofice.com in Quick access view. “

enable or disable show files from office com local group policy
enable or disable show files from office com local group policy

On the Turn off files from Ofice.com in the Quick access view window, set the option to Not ConfigureEnabled, or Disabled.

  • Not Configured (default)
  • Enabled  – Files from Office.com will not show File Explorer.
  • Disabled – Files from Office.com will show in File Explorer.
enable or disable show files from office com local group policy options
enable or disable show files from office com local group policy options

Save your changes, exit, and reboot.

Enable or disable files from office.com in File Explorer via Windows Registry

If you can’t open the Local Group Policy Editor, you can use the Windows Registry instead.

Open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path as listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

If you don’t see the Explorer folder key, right-click on the Windows key, then create the subkey (Explorer) folders.

enable or disable show files from office com registry
enable or disable show files from the office com registry

Right-click on the Explorer folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named DisableGraphRecentItems.

Double-click the new value name (DisableGraphRecentItems) and enter the Value data of 1 to disable showing files from Office.com in File Explorer.

Value data of 0 will enable or allow files from Office.com to show in File Explorer.

enable or disable show files from office com registry value data
enable or disable show files from office com registry value data

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable “Show files from Office.com” in File Explorer in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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